International Arrangements: Paris Union, Madrid Union (Protocol), TRIPS

It is considered that International (Madrid) Trade Mark Registrations are effective in Rwanda.
Rwanda is also a member of the African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO) but has not yet subscribed to the Banjul Protocol. A new Industrial Property Act came into effect on 14 December 2009, and replaces the Trade Mark Law of 1963.

 

Categories of Trade Marks: There are provisions for the registration of SERVICE MARKS, CERTIFICATION MARKS and COLLECTIVE MARKS.There are no provisions for the registration of DEFENSIVE MARKS or SERIES MARKS.

 

Classification: The International Classification of goods and services applies. A single application may cover any number of classes of goods and/or services.

 

Documents required:

 

  1. New Applications
    1. Power of Attorney, notarised
    2. Ten prints, except for word marks in ordinary type
    3. Priority document (if applicable), with verified English translation

 

  1. Renewals
    1. Power of Attorney, notarised – a separate form is required for each application
    2. Simple copy of the Certificate of Registration

 

  1. Assignments/Mergers
    1. Power of Attorney, notarised
    2. Deed of Assignment or other instrument of title, with verified English translation
    3. Simple copy of the Certificate of Registration

 

  1. Change of Name
    1. Power of Attorney, notarised
    2. Certificate of Change of Name, with verified English translation
    3. Simple copy of the Certificate of Registration

 

  1. Change of Address
    1. Power of Attorney, notarised
    2. Simple copy of the Certificate of Registration

 

  1. Licences/Registered Users
    1. Powers of Attorney, notarised, from proprietor and licensee
    2. Licence Agreement, with verified English translation
    3. Simple copy of the Certificate of Registration