Registering a trademark in Burundi is a process that involves conducting a preliminary search, filing an application, undergoing an examination by the BBIP, 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 Burundi for 10 years, renewable indefinitely. By following this guide and using the resources provided, you can take the necessary steps to protect your brand in Burundi. Ensure you adhere to the requirements and guidelines for a smooth registration process.
Step 1: Preliminary
Search The first step is to conduct a preliminary search to ensure that your proposed trademark is not similar or identical to an existing one. The Burundi Bureau of Industrial Property (BBIP) provides a database for this search. However, as of my knowledge cut-off in September 2021, the database is not available online, and you may need to contact the BBIP directly for assistance.
Step 2: Application
If the search does not reveal any conflicting trademarks, the next step is to file an application with the BBIP. 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 BBIP
After receiving the application, the BBIP will examine it to ensure that it complies with the requirements of the Industrial Property Law. The BBIP will also determine whether the trademark can be registered or if it infringes upon any existing trademarks.
Step 4: Publication
Once the application passes the examination, the BBIP will publish the application in the Official Bulletin. This is to allow third parties the opportunity to oppose the registration of the trademark. The opposition period lasts for 90 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 BBIP will proceed with the registration of the trademark. The applicant will then receive a certificate of registration.
As of my knowledge cut-off in September 2021, the official fee for filing a trademark application in Burundi was not publicly available. It's recommended to check the latest fees by contacting the BBIP directly.
The entire process, from application to registration, usually takes between 12 to 18 months, provided that there are no objections or oppositions.
Unfortunately, as of my knowledge cut-off in September 2021, the BBIP did not have an official website available. It is recommended to contact the BBIP directly for the most accurate and updated information.