Mauritius Trademark registration
In Mauritius the legal basis is the trademark law of January 1st, 2003. Trademark protection is obtained by registration or by achieving secondary meaning.
A trademark application has to be filed before the Patent Office (part of the Ministry of Commerce) by a local agent. A power of attorney authenticated by a British consulate is necessary. Applicants from other Commonwealth Countries only need a notarised power of attorney.
The application process includes a formal examination of the application and a trademark search. After registration, the trademark is published in the official gazette. The opposition period is 3 months from publication of the trademark application.
A trademark registration in Mauritius is valid for 10 years and starts with registration date. The registration is renewable for periods of 10 years.
NATIONAL REGISTRATION: If you just want to register your Trademark in one country, it is sufficient to apply for a national registration at the local trademark office.
Duly note, any interested person may request the Industrial Property Office to remove a mark from the register, if up to one month prior to filing the request, the mark had, after its registration, not been in use by the registered owner or a licensee, during a continuous period of not less than 3 years unless the owner of the mark can point out reasonable circumstances that prevented the use of the mark and that there was no intention not to use or to abandon the same in respect of those goods or services.