Sudan

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

CLASSIFICATION

9th edition – single class application. Class 33 and alcoholic goods in class 32 cannot be registered

SEARCH

Possible for word and device marks

EXAMINATION

On formal, absolute, and relative grounds

OPPOSITION

8 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 counter oppositions and responding to office actions

REQUIREMENTS

Filing Requirements

Notarized POA required for all of the below procedures

TREATIES AND CONVENTIONS

World Intellectual Property Organization, World Trade Organization (observer status), African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO), Berne Convention, Paris Convention, Patent Law Treaty (Signature), Madrid Agreement (Marks), Madrid Protocol, Patent Cooperation Treaty


REGISTRATION

Filing Requirements

  • Certificate of incorporation with English translation, legalized
  • Copy of priority document, if priority is claimed, certified
  • Declaration of nationality, simply signed

What you need to know

  • All documents maybe submitted within 1 month from filing date, except for declaration of nationality, which may be submitted within 2 months from end of opposition period

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

  • Certificate of change of name/address, legalized

What you need to know

  • May be recorded for registrations only

ASSIGNMENT

Filing Requirements

  • Deed of assignment, legalized
  • Forms Nos. T. M. 11 and T. M. 12, legalized
  • Certificate of incorporation of the assignee with certified English translation, legalized

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 must be submitted by assignee and assignor

MERGER

Filing Requirements

  • Certificate of merger, legalized

What you need to know

  • May be recorded for registrations only

LICENSE

Filing Requirements

  • License agreement, legalized
  • Certificate of incorporation of licensee, legalized

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
  • Separate POAs must be submitted by licensor and licensee

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

EQUIVALENT SEARCH

Not available

EXAMINATION

As to form

PUBLICATION

Not available

OPPOSITION

No provisions

ANNUITIES

Due annually on the anniversary of the filing date and payable prior to grant. 6 months grace period for late payment with a surcharge

PROTECTION TERM

20 years from the filing date


REGISTRATION

Filing Requirements

  • 1 set of the specifications in English with Arabic translation of the Abstract
  • 1 set of formal drawings
  • Certificate of incorporation, legalized, with English translation
  • Copy of priority document, if priority is claimed, certified

CHANGE OF NAME OR ADDRESS

Filing Requirements

  • Certificate of change of name/address, legalized
  • Certificate of incorporation, legalized

ASSIGNMENT

Filing Requirements

  • Deed of assignment, legalized
  • Certificate of incorporation of assignee, legalized

MERGER

Filing Requirements

  • Certificate of merger, legalized
  • Certificate of incorporation if new entity formed, legalized

LICENSE

Filing Requirements

  • License agreement, legalized
  • Certificate of incorporation of licensee, legalized

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

No

OPPOSITION

3 months from publication date


REGISTRATION

Filing Requirements

  • POA, legalized
  • Drawings of the industrial design
  • Copy of the specifications in English, with Arabic translation of the Abstract
  • Certificate of incorporation, legalized
  • Copy of priority document, if priority is claimed, certified

What you need to know

  • All documents, except for the copy of the priority document, must be submitted at the time of filing

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
sudan@sabaip.com

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