Mauritius Trade Mark Guide
A trade mark can be registered in Mauritius pursuant to the Industrial Property Act (2019) (Act No. 15 of 2019) which provides for national trade mark applications dating from receipt of the application.
The following information and documentation is required:
1. name of the trade mark
2. one copy of the mark (unless mark is word only)
3. class(es) and specification of goods and/or services
4. applicant’s name, address, contact details and nationality
5. Power of Attorney (legalised up to the Mauritius/British consular level and apostilled)
6. certified copy of priority document (if priority is claimed)
It usually takes nine months or less for the Industrial Property Office in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade to process an application for registration. Paris Convention priority can be claimed. Once the registration is complete the Office will issue a Certificate of Registration.
The International Classification system is used. Multi-class applications are allowed.
In order to conduct a search the documentation required is the name of the trade mark, the registration number (if available) and one copy of the mark (unless mark is word only). The result can usually be provided in three working days.
A trade mark registration is valid for 10 years after which it can be renewed for like periods. Two months before the renewal date we will send you an Expiry Notice asking whether you wish us to renew the registration or allow the mark to lapse. If the registration is to be renewed the only documentation required is a copy of the Certificate of Registration.
The application for renewal should be filed prior to the expiration date of the registration. A grace period of three months, however, is allowed from the expiration date for the filing of the application for renewal upon payment of a late fee. After that time a new application for registration is required.
It usually takes four weeks or less for the Office to process an application for renewal. Once the renewal is complete the Office will issue a Renewal Certificate.
If you do not wish to renew the mark please inform us so that we can advise the Office accordingly.
Please inform us as soon as possible if you wish to abandon your trade mark or allow it to lapse so that we can update our records and advise the Office accordingly. This will avoid us sending out unnecessary Reminder Notices.
Please inform us as soon as possible if the trade mark has been assigned so that we can file an application to record the assignment in Mauritius.
To record the assignment of a trade mark registration the only documentation required is the Deed of Assignment.
It usually takes about four weeks for the Office to process an application to record an assignment. Once the recording is complete the Office will issue a Certificate of Recordal of Assignment.
Change of Particulars
Please inform us as soon as possible if there is any change to the registration so that we can file an application to record the change in Mauritius.
To record a change of name and/or address for a trade mark registration the only documentation required is the document evidencing the change or an Affidavit certifying the change.
It usually takes about four weeks for the Office to process an application to record a Change of Particulars. Once the recording is complete the Office will issue a Certificate of Recordal of Change of Name and/or Address.