Angola - trade mark owners must re-submit documents by 28 September 2015

The rise of Angola as an emerging African market with a growing middle class has resulted in a significant increase in trade mark applications being processed by the Angolan Registry, “IAPI”. A substantial backlog has accumulated since the implementation of Angola’s IP law in 1992, and in an effort to address this, the Director General has initiated a restructuring programme.

A notification has been issued to owners of pending and registered trade marks with an allotted official number from 0001 to 5000.

Trade mark owners must re-submit the following documents for the purpose of updating the official files at the Registry:

1. Photocopies of the official filing forms, which include copies of the application as filed, together with copies of any requests for renewal and/or any subsequent changes of ownership.

2. Power of attorney, incorporating a verified Portuguese translation, legalised up to an Angolan Consul.

3. A certificate of incorporation/extract from the Commercial Register with verified Portuguese translation legalised up to an Angolan Consul.

IAPI has confirmed that photocopies of the legalised supporting documentation will be accepted provided that the authentication stamp is visible.

IAPI will also accept copy documents originally legalised by Apostille in accordance with the practice at the time of the original filing. All documents are to be submitted by 28 September 2015.

Failure to comply may lead to the invalidation of the trade mark(s). We are urgently reviewing our records and will contact clients holding marks falling within the category 0001 – 5000 directly.

Date published: 2015/07/06
Author: Spoor & Fisher

Tags: angola trade mark iapi angolan registry