Cape Verde

General Information

  • Area: Approximately 4 000 km2
  • Population: 0.5 million
  • Capital: Cidade de Praia
  • Currency: Escudos (CVE)
  • GDP: $ 1.9 billion (2010)
  • Domain name extension: .cv
  • Languages: Portuguese (official language)
  • Exports: Shoes; garments; fish; bananas; hides
  • Imports: Foodstuffs; consumer goods; petroleum; industrial products; transport equipment

International / Regional conventions:

  • Banjul Protocol (of ARIPO)
  • Berne Convention
  • Rome Convention
  • WIPO Convention

Trade Mark Information

International and Regional Arrangements:

Madrid Agreement: No
Paris Union: No
Although Cape Verde is not a member of the Paris Convention, provision is made for a claim to priority based on a first application in another country

Types of Trade Marks:

Goods and services
Collective marks
Certification Marks
No provision for Defensive Marks or Series Marks


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

Filing Requirements:

Particulars of Applicant (name, address and nationality)
Power of Attorney incorporating a Portuguese translation, notarised and legalized up to the Cape Verde Embassy
Representation of the mark
List of goods and / or services
Certified copy of the priority document


The trade mark is registered 10 years from the filing date

Renewable every 10 years

Patent Information

International and Regional Arrangements:

Paris Convention: No (priority may nevertheless be claimed from an application filed not more than 12 months previously)

Filing Requirements:

Specification, abstract and drawings in Portuguese (required on day of filing)
Power of Attorney, notarised (can be filed within 6 months)
Deed of Assignment, legalised, with a Portuguese translation (can be filed within 6 months)
Certified priority document and verified Portuguese translation (can be filed within 6 months)

Absolute novelty is required
Methods of medical treatment, surgery and diagnosis are not patentable
Excess Fees:
Formal and substantive examination is carried out approximately 60 days from publication
Term of Patent:
20 years from the filing date
Payable annually in advance from the first anniversary of the filing date