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Zimbabwe Trade Marks

We offer the following services:

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Pre-filing clearances including full availability and registrability searches

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Preparation of appropriate specifications of goods and services

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Preparation, filing and prosecution of trade mark applications until grant of registration

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Renewals of trade mark registrations

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Assignment, license and change of legal status recordals

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Change of name, address and address for service recordals

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We also offer training to small and big business on how to better integrate trade marks and related forms of intellectual property into their marketing and business strategies.

Fast facts on Zimbabwe trade marks

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Zimbabwe operates a single class filing system. However, ARIPO trade marks designating Zimbabwe are filed and registered on a multi-class basis, which is why we recommend that careful consideration is given to the selection of an appropriate registration route before trade mark filings are commenced.

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The Trade Mark Regulations, 2005 are based on the 8th Edition of the Nice Classification of Marks. However, the Zimbabwe Intellectual Property Office (ZIPO) accepts goods and service specifications that are based on newer editions of Nice.

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It is a standard requirement to qualify ‘cereals’ in class 30 as ‘food for human consumption’ and ‘confectionery’ as ‘non-medicated confectionery’ to separate these items from cereals for animal consumption and medicated confectionery, which falls outside class 30.

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Class headings are acceptable in Zimbabwe.

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Be wary of trade marks that appear to convey negative connotations. Zimbabwe is a conservative jurisdiction.

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A trade mark registration is valid for ten (10) years from the registration date subject to renewal in perpetuity at ten (10) year intervals provided use requirements are not compromised. The registration date is the filing date or priority date, whichever is applicable.

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It is not necessary to file evidence of use of a registered trade mark as a condition for its renewal.

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Renewal fees can be paid by any agent without effecting a recordal of a change of address for service.

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The Registry maintains a four-part segregated Register. Part A is reserved for trade marks that are inherently distinctive. Part B is for trade marks that have acquired distinctiveness through use. Parts C and D are reserved for Certification and Defensive marks respectively.

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Samuriwo Attorneys is a vibrant and client-oriented boutique law firm. We offer cost-effective and practical advice to clients in trade mark and other intellectual property matters.