Trademarks: Rwanda

General Information

International Agreements : Paris Convention ; Berne convention & WIPO

Classification : International Classification

What is Registrable : Marks or services which are capable of distinguishing the goods or services of a particular trader from those of others will be registrable.

What is not Registrable : Collective Marks, Defensive Marks or Series Marks.

Priority under Paris Convention : Yes
Examination : Yes
Publication : None
Opposition : Yes
Time Frame for Registration : 6-12 months
Registration Term : Perpetual
Renewal Term : N /A
Use Requirement for filing : Yes
Cancellation : Yes

Marking Requirements : There is no marking requirements in our legislation ; the symbol like ® "TM" for "trademark" or "SM" for "service mark" has no meaning in our legislation. The prima facie of ownership is the registration.

Assignments - Must Assignments be recorded ? Yes
Can pending applications be Assigned ? Yes

Licenses - Must Licenses be recorded ? Yes
Can pending application be Licensed ? Yes

Important Notes :

  • Printing Block should be provided or can be arranged locally. 
  • Priority claim should translated into French.


Filing Requirements

Trademark/Service Mark Requirements

  1. Power of attorney Simply Signed.
  2. List of goods/services ; 8 prints ; name and address of the applicant.

Renewal of Trademark/Service Mark Requirements


Assignment Recordal Requirements

  1. Power of attorney Simply Signed. 
  2. Original Certificate of registration.
  3. Assignment Deed with verified French translation.

License Recordal Requirements

  1. Original Registration certificate. 
  2. Power of Attorney simply signed. 
  3. Licence Agreement.

Change of Name/Address Requirements

  1. Evidence of change of name/address. 
  2. Power of attorney simply signed.
  3. Original Certificate of Registration.


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