Morocco Trademark registration
Morocco is a member of the Madrid Agreement and the Madrid Protocol. Trademark protection is obtained by registration. The owner of a well-known mark within the meaning of the Paris Convention may claim cancellation of the registration of a mark that may be confused with his own mark.
A trademark application has to be filed before the ‘Moroccan Office for Industrial and Commercial Property’ in Casablanca by a local agent. A non-legalized power of attorney stamped and sealed by the applicant, showing name and quality of the signatory clearly, is sufficient. Foreign applicants do not need a domestic registration.
The application process includes only a formal examination, without indication of possible identical or similar trademarks. It takes approximately 3-5 months from first filing to registration. After filing, the trademark is published in the official bulletin of the State Trademark. The opposition period is 2 months from publication of the trademark application.
A trademark registration in Morocco is valid for 10 years and starts with filling 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. INTERNATIONAL REGISTRATION (MADRID SYSTEM)*: If you already have filed a trademark application or have a trademark registration in one or more countries of the Madrid Union (based on the Madrid Agreement and Madrid Protocol), you can obtain trademark protection by filing one single application, so called International Registration (Madrid System). *Note: The fees for an International Trademark Application (WIPO) will be calculated for each individual country or multiple countries. For a quotation please send us an e-mail with the name of countries where you currently have a registration and all preferable countries where you wish to extend your trademark protection.
Duly note, if the trademark has not been used within 5 years from issue of the registration certificate or has not been used later for a continuous period of 5 years, it may be subject to cancellation