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Trade Mark Information

International and Regional Arrangements:

  • Madrid Agreement:      Yes
  • 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
  • Representation of the mark
  • List of goods and / or services
  • Certified copy of the priority document

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

Renewal: Renewable every 10 years

General Information

  • Area: Approximately 30 500 km2
  • Population: 2 million
  • Capital: Maseru
  • Currency: Maloti
  • GDP:  $ 3.31 billion (2010)
  • Domain name extension: .ls
  • Languages: English, Sesotho (official languages)
  • Exports: Clothing; footwear; wool; mohair; livestock; food
  • Imports:  Food; building materials; vehicles; machinery; medicines; petroleum products

International / Regional Conventions:

  • Banjul Protocol (of ARIPO)
  • Berne Convention
  • Madrid Agreement on Marks
  • Madrid Protocol on Marks
  • Paris Convention
  • Patent Cooperation Treaty
  • WIPO Convention
  • WTO/TRIPS
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