General Information

  • Area: Approximately 23 000 km2
  • Population: 0.7 million
  • Capital: Djibouti
  • Currency: Djibouti Franc
  • GDP: $ 2.1 billion (2010)
  • Domain name extension: .dj
  • Languages: French, Arabic (official languages)
  • Exports: Hides and skins; coffee (in transit)
  • Imports: Foods and beverages; transport equipment; chemicals and pharmaceuticals; petroleum products; electrical appliances

International / Regional conventions:

  • Berne Convention
  • Paris Convention
  • WIPO Convention

Trade Mark Information

International and Regional Arrangements:

Madrid Agreement:      No

Paris Union:                Yes

Types of Trade Marks:

Goods and services

Collective marks

Certification marks

Defensive marks


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 copies of the priority document with verified French translation and Home Certificate


The trade mark is registered 10 years from the filing date

Renewable every 10 years

Patent Information

International and Regional Arrangements:

Paris Convention:  Yes

PCT:  Yes a national phase application can be filed in Djibouti as from 23 September 2016



Filing Requirements:

Published PCT application or English specification, claims and abstract (required on day of filing)

Power of Attorney, simply signed (required on the day of filing)

French translation of specification, claims and abstract (must be filed within 3 months)

Assignment of Invention and Priority Rights (must be filed within 3 months)

Certified priority document with verified French translation, if not filed during the international phase (must be filed within 3 months)

Absolute novelty is required
Methods of medical treatment, diagnosis or surgery are not patentable
Excess Fees:
As to form only
Term of Patent:
20 years from the effective filing date
Renewals are payable in five-year blocks and the first block will be payable at the time of filing the application and subsequent renewals are due on the 5th, 10th, and 15th anniversaries of the effective filing date