Morocco

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

CLASSIFICATION

11th edition – multiclass application

SEARCH

Possible for word and device marks

EXAMINATION

On formal and absolute grounds

OPPOSITION

2 months 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 5 years from filing

EXTENSION OF TIME

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

TREATIES AND CONVENTIONS

World Intellectual Property Organization, World Trade Organization, Berne Convention, Brussels Convention, Madrid Agreement (Source), Nairobi Treaty, Paris Convention, Trademark Law Treaty (Signature), WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty, Budapest Treaty, Hague Agreement, Lisbon Agreement, Madrid Agreement (Marks), Madrid Protocol, Patent Cooperation Treaty, Nice Agreement, The International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants


REGISTRATION

Filing Requirements

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

What you need to know

  • Priority document may be submitted within 3 months from filing date

RENEWAL

Filing Requirements

  • No additional documents are required

What you need to know

  • Grace period of 6 months

CHANGE OF NAME OR ADDRESS

Filing Requirements

  • Extract from the commercial register evidencing the change with French translation, legalized
  • For change of address, no additional documents are required

What you need to know

  • May be recorded for registrations only

ASSIGNMENT

Filing Requirements

What you need to know

  • Trademarks may be assigned with or without the goodwill of the business concerned
  • May be recorded for registrations only

MERGER

Filing Requirements

  • Certificate of merger, notarized

What you need to know

  • May be recorded for registrations only

LICENSE

Filing Requirements

  • License agreement with verified French translation, notarized

What you need to know

  • License recordal is not compulsory but advisable in order to be effective against third parties
  • May be recorded for registrations only

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

EQUIVALENT SEARCH

Published and granted patents may be searched by title, patentee name, inventors, and priority/PCT number/date

OPPOSITION

2 months from publication

EXAMINATION

As to form, novelty, inventive step, and industrial applicability

ANNUITIES

Due after grant and payable on the anniversary of the international filing date (for PCT and EP Validation). 6 months grace period for late payment with a surcharge

PUBLICATION

Applications are published upon grant

PROTECTION TERM

20 years from the international filing date


REGISTRATION

Filing Requirements

  • Copy of International Publication (with ISR if published)
  • Copy of the specifications in Arabic or French
  • Set of drawings in Arabic or French

What you need to know

  • Specification and drawings can be submitted within 3 months from filing

CHANGE OF NAME OR ADDRESS

Filing Requirements

  • Extract from the commercial register evidencing the change with, legalized

What you need to know

  • Documents must be submitted in French

ASSIGNMENT

Filing Requirements

What you need to know

  • Documents must be submitted in French

MERGER

Filing Requirements

  • Certificate of merger, notarized

What you need to know

  • Documents must be submitted in French

LICENSE

Filing Requirements

  • License agreement, notarized

What you need to know

  • Documents must be submitted in French

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

PROTECTION TERM

5 years from filing date

EXAMINATION

As to form only

APPLICATION WITH MULTIPLE FIGURES

Admissible for up to 50 figures

RENEWAL

Allowed for two consecutive terms of 5 years each

LOCARNO CLASSIFICATION

Yes

OPPOSITION

No provisions


REGISTRATION

Filing Requirements

  • 3 representations of the design
  • Short description of the design in French
  • Copy of priority document, if priority is claimed, certified

What you need to know

  • The title in French and the representations of the design must be submitted at the time of filing, all remaining documents may be submitted within 3 months from filing date with payment of a surcharge

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