Sudan Trademark registration
Sudan is a member of the Madrid Agreement, the Madrid Protocol and the ARIPO. The 9th edition of the international classification of goods and services consisting of 45 classes has been adopted (exception: trademark protection cannot be achieved for alcoholic goods). Trademark protection is obtained by registration. It can also be acquired by sufficient public recognition.
A trademark application has to be filed before the Intellectual Property Office (Trademark Department) by a local agent. A power of attorney signed and stamped by the applicants seal, or otherwise duly notarized, is needed.. Foreign applicants do not need a domestic registration.
The application process includes a formal examination, an examination of distinctiveness and a search for prior trademarks. It takes approximately 1-3 years from first filing to registration. Before registration the trademark application is published in the official gazette. The opposition period is 6 months from publication date of the application.
A trademark registration in Sudan 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. 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.