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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

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

Renewal: Renewable every 10 years

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:

  • Berne Convention
  • Rome Convention
  • WIPO Convention