Requirements

Morocco Design Process

One application can cover up to 50 designs.
The process from filing to issuance of certificate is for a period of 1 to 2 years. 
No annuities 
The design registration is valid for 5 years. 
Renewal is allowed twice for 5 years.

Morocco Design Requirements

Summarized description of the design.
Applicant info (name and address).
Power of attorney (POA): Original should be stamped and simply signed.
Deed of assignment if the applicant is not the designer.
A certified copy of the priority document in case claimed.
Copy of the commercial certificate document is required.

Morocco Patents FAQ

Is the country part of PCT?   Yes
Is any translation required?   Yes
Is there collaboration between all Arab Countries? (Is there any convention that provides protection for patent in more than one Jurisdiction?)   Yes. The GCC, and Morocco is not part of it
For how long is a Patent protected?   20 years
What is the duration of examination?   1 to 2 years
Are there any annuity fees to pay? If yes, when are the annuities due for payment?   Yes. Starting from filing date
Can I obtain a patent on a software-related invention?   No
Is it possible to obtain extension of the term of protection in the country?   No 
Are there examination procedures in this country?    Yes 

Morocco Patents Process

Patent application can be filed, with a translation of the title and the abstract. 
Supporting documents can be provided within 60 days of filing. 
The process from filing to issuance of certificate is for a period of 2 to 3 years. 
Annuity fees must be paid starting from the filing date from (1st-5th). The remaining annuities are payable by periods of 5 years as follows: 6th-10th, 11th-15th and 16th- 20th. A 6 month grace period is given for a late annuity.
A patent is valid for 20 years.

Morocco Patents Requirements

Copies of the patent application which should include:
- Title of invention
- Full description of the invention covering:
     a- Name of the invention in the beginning of the line.
     b- Technical Field.          
     c- Technical Background.
     d- Revelation of the patent.
     e- Description of the drawings, if any.
     f- The instrument used to carrying our invention.  
     g- Way of carrying our invention in industrial.
- Claims
- Drawings
- Abstract
- Three copies of the specification in Arabic (the translation will prepared locally)
A list of the home and/or foreign applications stating:
 Whether or not the invention has been filed in other countries (including the home country); if yes provide the following:
      a- Country of filing
      b- Application number(s) and filing date (s).
      c- Publication number (if any) and date of publication.
      d- Date patent was granted, and certificate number.
      e- Class of the patent in accordance with the International Classification.
Applicant info (name and address)
Power of attorney (POA) - simply signed
Copy of the priority document, in case claimed
Deed of assignment  - simply signed
Arabic translation

Morocco Trademarks FAQ

Q: Which law does the country implement relating to trademarks?

A: Law No. 17-97 on the Protection of Industrial Property (as amended by Laws No. 31-05 and No. 23-13)

Q: Is the country part of Paris Convention?    

A: Yes

Q: Is the country part of the Madrid Protocol?   

A: Yes

Q: Is the country part of the Madrid Agreement?   

A: Yes

Q: Is the country part of the TRIPS Agreement?   

A: Yes

Q: Is Apostil Acceptable?

A: Yes, however not required as the country accepts simply signed documents on applicant letter head

Q: Which classification of goods/services does the country adopt?    

A: 11th Edition of Nice classification

Q: Are there any restrictions or limitations on the list of goods?

A: No

Q: Can I register a trademark on class header?

A: Yes

Q: Are there any restrictions on the use of the ® and TM symbols?  

A: ® and TM symbols may not be a part of the trademark while filing it, but can be used along with a registered trademark

Q: Can priority be claimed?  

A: Yes

Q: Can colors be claimed?

A: Yes

Q: Can you file a disclaimer in the filing application?

A: No

Q: Can you conduct a search by applicant name?

A: Yes

Q: Is the certificate issued in paper or electronically?

A: Electronic

Q: If we register in one GCC country does it mean we are protected in the country?   

A: Not applicable - Morocco is not part of the GCC countries. It is a North African country that is not party to OAPI or ARIPO.

Q: Is there a requirement of use of mark to maintain the trademark registration throughout the entire valid protection period or to renew the mark?

A: Yes, but the TMO does not request any proof of use. However any interested third party can file a cancellation action against your trademark registration if the mark was not used for 5 consecutive years.

Q: If the applicant failed to renew the mark, can any third party re-register the same mark?

A: A mark, which is not renewed, cannot be re-registered in favor of third parties in respect of identical or similar goods or services before the lapse of three years from the date of non-renewal.

Q: Can the applicant withdraw the trademark application at any time?

A: Yes

Q: Can you assign or amend details of a trademark that is under process?  

A: No, any assignment or amendment should be done after the registration of the trademark is completed.

Q: Do you have to include a consideration on the assignment document?

A: No

Q: Are there any specific custom procedures in the country?   

A: Yes

Morocco Trademarks Process

Trademark Registration: 

  • The registration process takes 3-4 months to be completed.
  • A single application could be filed for multiple classes.
  • The application will be examined by the TMO within a period of 1 to 3 months. After the end of the examination period, the TMO will issue a decision to either:
    • Accept the application, the publication fees should be settled and the mark will be issued in the official gazette.
    • Conditionally accept the application, the TMO gives the applicant 60 days from the official notification date to comply or amend the application as requested, otherwise the application will be rejected.
  • Any interested third party can oppose the publication of the trademark application within 60 days from the date of publication in the official gazette. The applicant has 60 days from date of official notification to file a reply to the opposition, otherwise the application will be considered withdrawn.
  • The certificate of registration will be issued within 1 month from the date of settlement of registration fees.
  • The TMO publishes the trademark certificate in the official gazette for informative purposes only; No one can oppose the said publication.
  • The trademark's registration is valid for 10 Gregorian years, starting from the filing date, and renewable for similar consecutive periods.

Trademark Renewal: 

  • The renewal process takes up to 6 months to be completed.
  • A single application could be filed for multiple classes.
  • The renewal application should be filed within the last 6 months of the valid protection period.
  • A 6 months grace period after the expiry of the valid protection period is granted for filing late renewal.
  • The application will undergo formality examination by the TMO which will issue a decision to either:
    • Accept the application, the publication fees should be settled and the mark will be published in the official gazette.
    • Conditionally accept the application, the TMO gives the applicant 60 days from the official notification date to amend the application as requested, otherwise the application will be rejected.
  • The publication in the official gazette is for informative purposes only; No one can oppose the said publication.
  • The renewal certificate will be issued within 1-2 months from the date of publication.
  • The trademark renewal is valid for another 10 Gregorian consecutive years starting from the expiry of the previous protection period.

Trademark Change of Name and/or Address: 

  • The recordal of change process takes up to 6 months to be completed.
  • A separate application should be filed for each trademark.
  • A change of agent should be filed and published in the official gazette in order to ensure formality requirements are met.
  • The application will undergo formality examination by the TMO which will issue a decision to either:
    • Accept the application, the publication fees should be settled and the mark will be published in the official gazette.
    • Conditionally accept the application, the TMO gives the applicant 60 days from the official notification date to amend the application as requested, otherwise the application will be rejected.
  • The publication in the official gazette is for informative purposes only; No one can oppose the said publication.
  • The change certificate will be issued within 1-2 months from the date of publication.

Trademark Assignment: 

  • The recordal of the assignment takes up to 6 months to be completed.
  • A separate application should be filed for each trademark. 
  • A change of agent should be filed and published in the official gazette in order to ensure formality requirements are met. 
  • The application will undergo formality examination by the TMO which will issue a decision to either:
    • Accept the application, the publication fees should be settled and the mark will be published in the official gazette.
    • Conditionally accept the application, the TMO gives the applicant 60 days from the official notification date to amend the application as requested, otherwise the application will be rejected.
  • The publication in the official gazette is for informative purposes only; No one can oppose the said publication.
  • The assignment certificate will be issued within 1-2 months from the date of publication.

Morocco Trademarks Requirements

Trademark Registration:

  • Copy of the mark.
  • Applicant info (name, address, and nationality).
  • A list of the goods to be covered by the application (Classes) - translated to French.
  • Power of attorney (POA): Original should be simply signed and submitted within 60 days from filing.
  • A certified copy of the priority document in case claimed should be provided within 3 months of filing date.

Trademark Renewal:

  • Details of the mark.
  • Applicant info (name, address, and nationality).
  • Power of attorney (POA): Original should be simply signed and submitted within 60 days from the submission of renewal application.
  • A simple copy of the trademark registration certificate.

Trademark - Change of Name and/or Address:

  • Details of the mark.
  • Applicant info (name, address, and nationality).
  • Details of the change specifications.
  • A document proving the change of name and/or address, translated to French and legalized.
  • Power of attorney (POA): Original should be simply signed and submitted within 60 days from the date of filing.
  • A simple copy of the trademark registration certificate.

Trademark Assignment:

  • Details of the mark.
  • Applicant info (name, address, and nationality).
  • Details of the assignment specifications.
  • An assignment document translated to French and legalized at the Moroccan embassy.
  • Power of attorney (POA): Original should be simply signed and submitted within 60 days from the date of filing.
  • A simple copy of the trademark registration certificate.

Oman Design FAQ

Is the country part of Locarno agreement?   No
Is the country part of Hague agreement?   Yes
Is it better to register a 3D Design or an industrial design?   There is no possibility of filing a 3D mark
Is any translation required?   Yes to Arabic
For how long is an Industrial Design protected?   10 years
Are there any annuity fees to pay?   Yearly

Oman Design Process

One application can cover only one design. 
The process from filing to issuance of certificate is for a period of 2 to 3 years. 
No annuities 
The design registration is valid for 10 years. 
Renewal is not allowed.

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