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Morocco: Three Changes in Regulations

October 10, 2012

According to Ministerial Resolution no. 06/2012 dated June 21, 2012, the official fees for trademark, design and patent related matters were revised in Morocco, effective October 1, 2012. Fees have substantially increased in comparison with their current level. The new schedule of fees is applicable on all new applications as well as applications that have still not matured to registration.

It is also worth noting that, maintenance fees in the country will be due annually on the anniversary of the filing date of the patent. There is a six-month grace period for late payment with a surcharge. Previously, annuities were paid every five years. The 1st through the 5th patent annuities were payable at the time of filing. The remaining annuities were payable in groups of 5 years at the time of payment of the 6th, 11th and 16th annuities.

Also, the fees for the filing and the renewal of trademark applications will be payable separately for each and every class, and not up to the first 3 classes, as was the practice before.

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