Mozambique’s Accession to the Banjul Protocol

The ARIPO (African Regional Intellectual Property Organization) has designated separate protocols for each category of intellectual property. For trademarks, there’s the Banjul Protocol, for patents/ designs and utility models there’s the Harare Protocol and for TK/ folklore there’s the Swakopmund protocol.

Mozambique being a member for the patent system has now acceded to the trademark system as well which would enable easier and comprehensive filing in all or any of the designated states like Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho etc.

Since, the protocol facilitates English-speaking African countries to file through the regional route, it would enable trademark owners to file applications in English unlike before where the same had to be filed in Portuguese which is the official language of Mozambique.

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