Registering a trademark in Angola is a process that involves conducting a preliminary search, filing an application, undergoing an examination by the IAPI, and waiting for the publication and potential opposition period. If successful, the registration of your trademark will give you exclusive rights to use it in Angola for 10 years, renewable indefinitely. By following this guide and engaging local professional help, you can take the necessary steps to protect your brand in Angola. It is important to adhere to the requirements and guidelines to ensure a smooth registration process.
Step 1: Preliminary Search
The first step in the process is to conduct a preliminary search to ensure that your proposed trademark is not similar or identical to an existing one. The Industrial Property Institute of Angola (IAPI) maintains a database for this search. Access to this database might be limited, and therefore it is advised to engage a local attorney or agent to perform this search.
Step 2: Application
If the search does not reveal any conflicting trademarks, the next step is to file an application with the IAPI. The application must include a clear representation of the trademark and a list of goods or services to be covered by the trademark.
Step 3: Examination by IAPI
After receiving the application, the IAPI will examine it to ensure that it complies with the requirements of the Industrial Property Law. The IAPI will also determine whether the trademark can be registered or if it infringes upon any existing trademarks.
Step 4: Publication
the application passes the examination, the IAPI will publish the application in the Industrial Property Bulletin. This is to give third parties the opportunity to oppose the registration of the trademark. The opposition period lasts for 60 days from the date of publication.
Step 5: Registration
If no opposition is filed, or if any opposition is resolved in favor of the applicant, the IAPI will proceed with the registration of the trademark. The applicant will then receive a certificate of registration.
The official fee for filing a trademark application varies depending on the nature of the trademark and number of classes, but can be expected to be around AOA 15,000 (as of 2023). If the application is successful, there is an additional fee for the issuance of the registration certificate. Please note that these fees are subject to change, and it's recommended to check the latest fees with a local trademark agent or attorney.
The entire process, from application to registration, usually takes between 12 to 24 months, provided that there are no objections or oppositions.
Industrial Property Institute of Angola (IAPI): Due to the limitations in the country's online infrastructure, the IAPI does not maintain a dedicated website for online applications or information as of 2023. It is recommended to engage a local attorney or agent for this process.