Definition

Trade mark is a distinctive word or sign or a combination of both which identifies certain goods and services of one producer offered for sale as being different from those of another.

Searches

Before to register your trade mark, we recommend you to instruct us to conduct trade mark availability search because if someone already has a similar mark which is used in relation to similar goods or services, the trade mark owner will stop you using your trade mark and may also be able to claim damages from you. In addition you will lose your time because when the registrar examining your application will be rejected.

Registration

We help our clients to register their trade marks in Rwanda in order to provide protection to the owner of the mark by ensuring the exclusive right to use it to identify goods or services, or to authorize another to use it in return for payment of a royalty.

Requirements

  • A clear identification of the trade mark
  • List of goods and services
  • Full details of the applicant and a physical address
  • Class of goods and services
  • Power of attorney and click here to download it
  • Payment of Registration fees

Renewal

In Rwanda a trademark may be renewed after a period of ten years (10) calculated from the date of the original application, for this the trade mark owner has to pay the renewal fees

Assignment

The transfer of proprietary rights in a trade mark is generally referred to as an assignment. For an assignment to have effect the law requires an assignment agreement to be in writing and signed by, or on behalf of the party relinquishing its rights to the trade mark. The Rwandan Trade Marks Act requires any party who acquires rights in a registered trade mark, to register its title at the Trade Marks Registry to avoid penalties where the Registrar will record the transfer of rights.

Cancellation

The registered trade mark can be cancelled in Rwanda when it is shown that it has not been used in the preceding 3 years.