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DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO (DRC)

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Trade Mark Information

International and Regional Arrangements:

  • Madrid Agreement:      No
  • Paris Union:                Yes

Types of Trade Marks:

  • Goods and services
  • Collective marks
  • No provision for defensive marks

Classification:

The International Classification of Goods and Services (Nice Classification) is applied.

Filing Requirements:

  • Particulars of Applicant (name, address and nationality)
  • Simply signed Power of Attorney incorporating a French Translation
  • Representation of the mark
  • List of goods and / or services
  • Certified copy of the priority document, with verified French translation

Duration: The trade mark is registered 10 years from the filing date

Renewal: Renewable every 10 years

General Information

  • Area: 2 345 000 km2
  • Population: 70.9 million
  • Capital:  Kinshasa
  • Currency: Congolese Franc
  • GDP: $ 22.92 billion (2010)
  • Domain name extension:  .cd
  • Languages: French (official language), Lingala, Kongo, Mongo, Swahili
  • Exports: Copper; petroleum; cobalt; diamonds; coffee; crude oil
  • Imports: Consumer goods; foodstuffs; mining and other machinery; transport equipment; fuel

International / Regional Conventions:

  • Berne Convention
  • Paris Convention
  • WIPO Convention
  • WTO/TRIPS
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