Trademarks: Morocco

General Information

International Agreements : Paris Convention and Madrid Agreement

Classification : NiceClassification (9th Edition), (Classes 1-45); Multi-Class filing

What is Registrable : Trademarks, Service Marks, Collective marks, Sound Marks & Smell Marks.

What is Not Registrable : Those against public order are non-registrable.

Priority under Paris Convention : Yes

Examination : Marks are examined as to form only

Publication : Yes –in the Official Gazette
Opposition : Yes – within 2 months as of publication date

Time Frame for Registration : 4-5 months

Registration Term : 10 Years (as of December 18, 2004)
Renewal Term : 10 Years (as of December 18, 2004)
Grace Period for Renewals : 6 months after expiration date

Use Requirement : None

Cancellation : Yes – marks are vulnerable for cancellation if not use for 5 consecutive years within the first 5 years

Marking Requirements : Marking is optional

 

Filing Requirements

Trademark/Service Mark Requirements

  1. Simply signed & sealed power of attorney.
  2. Printing block.
  3. Certified copy of the basic registration only for claiming convention priority.

For Sound Marks : in addition to the above, the musical composition (notes).
For Smell Marks : in addition to the above, explanatory legend regarding the essence.

Renewal of Trademark/Service Mark Requirements

  1. Simply signed & sealed power of attorney.
  2. A printing block and prints of the mark.

Assignment Recordal Requirements

  1. Simply signed & sealed power of attorney by the assignee.
  2. Deed of assignment executed by both parties and duly legalized up to the Moroccan Consulate.

Change of Name/Address Requirements

  1. Simply signed & sealed power of attorney by the assignee.
  2. Certified copy of the change of name and /or address. 

 

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