General Information

  • Area: Approximately 800 000 km2
  • Population: 22 million
  • Capital: Maputo
  • Currency: Meticais
  • GDP:  $ 22.19 billion (2010)
  • Domain name extension: .mz
  • Languages: Portuguese (official language)
  • Exports: Aluminium; prawns; cashew nuts; cotton; sugar; citrus; timber; bulk electricity
  • Imports:  Machinery and equipment; vehicles, fuel, chemicals, metal products; foodstuffs; textiles

International / Regional conventions:

  • Banjul Protocol (of ARIPO)
  • Madrid Agreement  on Marks
  • Madrid Protocol on Marks
  • Nice Agreement on Classification of Marks
  • Paris Convention
  • Patent Cooperation Treaty
  • WIPO Convention

Trade Mark Information

International and Regional Arrangements:

Madrid Agreement:      Yes

Paris Union:                Yes

Types of Trade Marks:

Goods and services

Collective marks

Certification marks

No provision for defensive marks


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

Filing Requirements:
  • Particulars of Applicant (name, address and nationality)
  • Notarized Power of Attorney incorporating a Portuguese translation
  • Representation of the mark
  • List of goods and / or services
  • Certified copy of the priority document with verified Portuguese translation

The trade mark is registered 10 years from the filing date

Renewable every 10 years Declaration of Use: A Declaration of Use must be filed every 5 years

Patent Information

International and Regional Arrangements:

Paris Convention:  Yes

PCT:  Yes (national phase deadline is 31 months from the priority date)

ARIPO:  Yes (see ARIPO requirements for designating Mozambique in an ARIPO application)


Filing Requirements:

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

Portuguese translation of the title and abstract (required on day of filing)

Power of Attorney, notarised (required on day of filing)

Assignment of Invention or certified copy thereof (if not lodged in the international phase) (no set deadline)

Verified Portuguese translation of the specification (can be filed within 3 months)

International Search Report and International Preliminary Report on Patentability (no set deadline)

Certified priority document (if not lodged in the international phase), and verified Portuguese translation thereof for non-PCT applications (can be filed within 2 months)

Absolute novelty is required
Methods of medical treatment, surgery or diagnosis are not patentable
Excess Fees:
As to form only
Term of Patent:
20 years from the effective filing date
Payable annually in advance from the first anniversary of the effective filing date