Trade Marks

International Arrangements:

Paris Union, ARIPO, Madrid Protocol (with effect from 25 December 2018), TRIPS. 

A new Trade Marks Act (Malawi Trade Marks Act No. 2 of 2018) came into effect on 1 October 2018 and replaces the Trade Marks Act of 1958.

Categories of Trade Marks:

There are provisions for the registration of CERTIFICATION MARKS, COLLECTIVE MARKS, SERVICE MARKS and SERIES MARKS.
There are no provisions for the registration of DEFENSIVE MARKS.


The International Classification of goods and services applies.
A separate application is required for each class of goods or services.

Documents required:

A. New Applications

  • Power of Attorney, simply signed
  • Twelve prints, except for word marks in ordinary type - no printing block required
  • Priority document (if applicable), with verified English translation
  • An indication as to whether the mark is in use or proposed to be used

B. Renewals

  • No documents required

C. Assignments/Mergers

  • Power of Attorney, simply signed
  • Deed of Assignment or other instrument of title, with verified English translation

D. Change of Name

  • Power of Attorney, simply signed
  • Certificate of Change of Name, with verified English translation

E. Change of Address

  • Power of Attorney, simply signed

F. Licences/Registered Users

  • Powers of Attorney, simply signed, from proprietor and licensee
  • Declaration and Statement of Case, with verified English translation
  • Licence Agreement, with verified English translation

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