Angola

Trade Mark

Forms part of

No
ARIPO
No
OAPI
No
MADRID
Yes
SERVICE CLASSES
Yes
WELL-KNOWN TRADE MARKS RECOGNISED?
NA
NICE CLASSIFICATION

11th edition

Angola is a party to the Paris Convention for Protection of Industrial Property. It is possible to claim priority under the Paris Convention.

OAPI

ARIPO

International Arrangements

Angola is a party to the Paris Convention for Protection of Industrial Property. It is possible to claim priority under the Paris Convention.

Classification

Angola follows a single class filing system and recognises both goods and services classes in terms of the 11th edition of the Nice Classification.

Registration Procedure

The total time from filing to registration is approximately 36 months. Trade mark applications are examined for compliance with formal requirements only and are published in the official bulletin after registration. Trade marks may be opposed within 60 days of the date of publication in the bulletin.

Common Law and Well-Known Trade Marks

Angola is a first to file jurisdiction and there is no statutory provision for the protection of common law trade mark rights. Well-known trade marks in terms of the Paris Convention are not recognised.

Duration of Registration, Renewal and Non-Use

Trade mark registrations are valid for 10 years from the date of filing and may be renewed indefinitely for 10-year periods thereafter.

A registered trade mark may be cancelled on action by an interested party if it has not been used for a continuous period of 2 years after the date of registration.

Customs Recordal

Customs recordals are not possible.

Patent

Forms part of

No
ARIPO
No
OAPI
Yes
PARIS CONVENTION
Yes
PCT
Angola is a party to the Paris Convention for Protection of Industrial Property. It is possible to claim priority under the Paris Convention.

OAPI

ARIPO

International Arrangements

Angola is a party to the Paris Convention for Protection of Industrial Property as well as the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). It is possible to claim priority under the Paris Convention and designate Angola from PCT applications.

Types of Patents

Patents of invention.

Novelty Requirements

Absolute novelty.

Grace Period/Prior knowledge excused

A six-month grace period is applicable.

Examination procedure

Only formal examination is conducted.

Duration and Maintenance

A patent has a duration of 15 years from the date of filing.

Working requirement

Patents must be worked within three years from grant, otherwise the government has the power to extend compulsory licenses to other parties.

Design

Forms part of

No
ARIPO
No
OAPI
Yes
PARIS CONVENTION
Angola is a party to the Paris Convention for Protection of Industrial Property. It is possible to claim priority under the Paris Convention.

OAPI

ARIPO

International Arrangements

Convention priority may be claimed through the Paris Convention.

Types of Designs

A design is claimed for any shape or form that may be associated with lines or colours and is used in the manufacture of an industrial or handcrafted article.

Classification

Classification is done according to the Locarno International Classification of Designs.

Novelty Requirements

Absolute novelty.

Grace Period/Prior knowledge excused

No grace period applicable.

Examination procedure

Only formal examination is conducted.

Duration and Maintenance

A registered design has a duration of 15 years from the filing date, and is registered for a first period of 5 years and is extendible for another two 5-year periods.

Working requirement

A registered design must be worked within 1 year of registration, otherwise, the registration will lapse.