Trade Marks

International Arrangements:

Paris Union, Madrid Union (Protocol), TRIPS.
Zambia 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 CERTIFICATION MARKS, DEFENSIVE MARKS and SERIES MARKS.
There are no provisions for the registration of SERVICE MARKS.


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

Documents required:

A. New Applications

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

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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