The member countries are Botswana; Lesotho; Liberia; Malawi; Mozambique, Namibia; Eswatini (Swaziland); São Tomé and Príncipe; Tanzania; Uganda and Zimbabwe

  • The countries of interest are designated by the applicant
  • It is not possible to file applications for service classes in Uganda and Malawi
  • An advantage is that an ARIPO registration has the effect of a national registration in each designated country unless specified otherwise.
  • It is also an efficient and cost effective way to protect a trade mark in up to nine different designated countries

Nice classification system: YES

Multiple or single class: MULTIPLE however only Botswana, Lesotho, Liberia and Swaziland allow multiple applications

Supporting documents: Signed form of authorisation per trade mark

Opposition term: ARIPO marks are published after filing, acceptance and registration. Oppositions are in terms of the relevant national laws of each designated territory

Term and renewal: Ten years with a six month grace period on payment of a late renewal fee

Non-use: Non-use provisions are in terms of the relevant national laws of each designated territory