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Trade Mark Information

Tanganyika (mainland Tanzania) and Zanzibar have joined to form the United Republic of Tanzania. However, a unified Industrial Property Law has not been enacted in this territory and therefore separate applications are required for Tanganyika and Zanzibar.

International and Regional Arrangements:

  • Madrid Agreement:      No
  • Paris Union:                Yes

Types of Trade Marks:

  • Goods and services
  • Certification marks
  • Collective 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)
  • Simply signed Power of Attorney
  • 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 7 years

General Information

  • Area: Approximately 1500 km2
  • Population: 985 000
  • Capital: Zanzibar Town
  • Currency: Tanzanian Shilling
  • GDP:  $ 528 million
  • Domain name extension: .not listed
  • Languages: Swahili and English
  • Exports: spices; seaweed; fine raffia
  • Imports:  petroleum products; manufactured articles; rice; maize; sugar; cooking oil

International / Regional Conventions: 

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