Afghanistan

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

CLASSIFICATION

10th edition – single class application

SEARCH

Possible for word and device marks

EXAMINATION

On formal, absolute, and relative grounds

OPPOSITION

30 days from publication date

PROTECTION TERM

10 years from filing date and renewable for like periods

USE

Vulnerable to cancellation if mark has not been used for 3 years from filing

EXTENSION OF TIME

Possible for filing oppositions, counter oppositions, and responding to office actions

REQUIREMENTS

Filing Requirements

Legalized POA required for all of the below procedures

TREATIES AND CONVENTIONS

World Intellectual Property Organization, World Trade Organization (observer status)


REGISTRATION

Filing Requirements

  • Copy of priority document, if priority is claimed, legalized

What you need to know

  • All documents must be submitted at the time of filing

RENEWAL

Filing Requirements

  • Simple copy of latest certificate of registration

What you need to know

  • No grace period

CHANGE OF NAME OR ADDRESS

Filing Requirements

  • ​Certificate of change of name/address, legalized
  • Original certificate of registration for endorsement

What you need to know

  • May be recorded for registrations only

ASSIGNMENT

Filing Requirements

  • Deed of assignment, legalized
  • Original certificate of registration for endorsement

What you need to know

  • Trademarks may be assigned with or without the goodwill of the business concerned
  • May be recorded for registrations only
  • Separate POAs are required from the assignee and assignor

MERGER

Filing Requirements

  • Certificate of merger, legalized
  • Original certificate of registration for endorsement

What you need to know

  • May be recorded for registrations only

LICENSE

Filing Requirements

  • License agreement, legalized
  • Original certificate of registration for endorsement

What you need to know

  • License recordal is compulsory in order to be effective against third parties
  • May be recorded for registrations only

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

No Statutory Laws

No statutory laws on patents are in force. However, a measure of protection may be sought by publishing cautionary notices at regular intervals in local newspapers, thereby claiming ownership of the patent and warning third parties against infringement. Such notices could have legal value when submitted to the Courts in the event of infringement.



WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

No Statutory Laws

There are no statutory laws on designs enforced in Afghanistan. However, a certain level of protection may be sought out through publishing cautionary notices at regular intervals in local newspapers. Such notices could have legal value when submitted to court, in the event of infringement, thereby claiming ownership of the design and alerting third parties against further infringement



Saba House, Saïd Freiha Street, Hazmieh, Beirut, Lebanon

P.O. Box 11-9421

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+961 5 45 48 88
+961 5 45 48 44
afghanistan@sabaip.com

Office Hours
Monday to Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.