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Trade Mark Information

International and Regional Arrangements:

  • Madrid Agreement:      No
  • Paris Union:                Yes

Types of Trade Marks:

  • Goods marks
  • Certification marks
  • Defensive marks
  • No provision for Service 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 with verified English translation

Duration: The trade mark is registered 7 years from the filing date

Renewal: Renewable every 14 years

General Information

  • Area: Approximately 118 500 km2
  • Population: 15.4 million
  • Capital: Lilongwe
  • Currency: Malawian Kwacha
  • GDP:  $ 13.5 billion (2010)
  • Domain name extension: .mw
  • Languages: English, Chichewa (official languages)
  • Exports: Tobacco; tea; sugar; coffee; peanuts; wood products; cotton; clothing apparel
  • Imports:  Food; petroleum products; semi-manufactures; consumer goods; transportation equipment

International / Regional Conventions:

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