Trade Marks

International Arrangements:

Paris Union, Madrid Union (Agreement and Protocol), TRIPS.
Swaziland is a Common-Law country and legislation must be passed to be certain that its Madrid obligations are given full legal effect. No such legislation has been passed. Consequently, even though the Trade Mark Office recognises and processes International (Madrid) Trade Mark Registrations to some extent, it would not be prudent to rely on International registrations as enforceable in this territory.

Categories of Trade Marks:

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


The International Classification of goods and services applies.
A single application may cover any number of classes of goods and/or services.

Documents required:

A. New Applications

  • Power of Attorney, simply signed.
  • 10 prints, except for word marks in ordinary type.
  • Priority document (if applicable), with verified English translation.

B. Renewals

  • Power of Attorney, simply signed.
  • Proof of use by way of a Statement accompanied by a specimen of the mark as used.

C. Assignments/Mergers

  • Power of Attorney, simply signed.
  • Original or certified copy of 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.
  • Licence Agreement, with verified English translation. 

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