• RWANDA: TRADEMARK RENEWAL DEADLINES

    According to Rwandan Law 31/2009 on the Protection of Intellectual Property Rights dated 26th October 2009, and entered into force following its publication on 14th December 2009. This law states that trade mark registrations are valid for 10 years calculated from the filing date. All trademarks filed in Rwanda under the previous laws, (Before 14 December 2009) when the duration of registration was unlimited would be due for renewal within 10 years according to the new law published on 14th December 2009. This means that the deadline to renew these trademarks is 14th December 2019.
    In order to avoid these trademarks to be inactive we remind the trademark owners to renew their trademarks.

  • REQUIREMENTS TO RENEW TRADEMARKS IN RWANDA:

    • Power of attorney, notarized.
    • Photocopy of the registration certificate.

  • CERTIFICATES

    The certificates of Trademark Renewals is available between 1-2 weeks from calculated from the date of filing.

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