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Maldives (MV)

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There is no trademark law in the Maldives. Trademark protection is acquired by sufficient public recognition.
The Nice classification of goods and services consisting of 45 classes is applied.
The following trademark types are registrable: trademarks, service marks, collective marks
Protection of trademarks is only acquired by way of common law, i.e., by publishing cautionary notice in the leading newspaper. A cautionary notice may be published for multiple-classes or separate cautionary notices may also be published for each class.
An application can include goods in any number of classes, but with additional charges (publication fees with the newspaper company) for each additional class.
Foreign applicants need a local agent.
A power of attorney is not required.
This entire process of acquiring trademark protection by Publishing a cautionary notice may take approximately 3 to 4 weeks time.
National:
By publishing a cautionary notice in the leading newspaper in Maldives as per common law, the public at large are made aware of the sole ownership/proprietorship on the mark and in case of any infringement, the same may be brought to the notice of the Court.
Since there is no trademark law in the Maldives, protection of trademarks is only by way of Common Law, i.e., by publishing a cautionary notice in the leading newspaper. Therefore, there is no provision for renewal of the mark. However, the cautionary notice(s) may be re-published annually.
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Since there is no trademark law in the Maldives, protection of trademarks is only by way of common law, i.e., by publishing cautionary notice in the leading newspaper. Therefore, the publication fee may vary depending on the size of text or content of the cautionary notice.

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Maldives does not have any trademark law and protection for trademarks in Maldives is only by way of common law. Companies which are desirous of obtaining some trademark protection in Maldives are getting cautionary notices published for their brands in a leading newspaper in Maldives. In this way, as per common law, the public at large is made aware of the sole ownership/proprietorship on the mark and in case of any infringement, the same may be brought to the notice of the Court during any legal proceedings.
Country Index is a free service of SMD Group. We thank the following law firms for their assistance in updating the information provided.

Country Survey
07-30-2013
Kan and Krishme, New Delhi, India



Ministry of Economic Development
Boduthakurufaanu Magu
Male' 20125
Republic of Maldives
Tel +960 332 3668
Fax +960 332 3840
Mail ip@trade.gov.mv
www.trade.gov.mv