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Feb 22, 2017 (Newsletter Issue 4/17)
New VAT Rate Applied
Pursuant to a ministerial decision amending the article No. 21 of the charges law, new VAT charges are now applied in Algeria.

The new VAT charges amount is 19 percent instead of 17 percent.


Sep 02, 2015 (Newsletter Issue 13/15)
Joins Madrid Protocol
On July 31, 2015, the Government of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria deposited with the Director General of WIPO its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks. The Protocol will enter into force with respect to Algeria on October 31, 2015.

The Protocol gives trademark owners the possibility of filing International Registration of Marks. It also benefits brand owners from Algeria, by gaining full access to the territories covered by the Madrid Protocol for international trademark protection.


Feb 25, 2015 (Newsletter Issue 3/15)
New Trademark Form
The Algerian Trademark Office offers a new trademark form to ease the filing process from March 1, 2015.

For more flexibility and speed in the management of protection claims, a code will be generated automatically assigned to the requests of IP owners and will appear in print, on the header of the completed forms.

Please be advised that the forms without a code will not be accepted.


Jan 28, 2015 (Newsletter Issue 2/15)
Official Fees Revised
The Algerian Trademark Office revised the official fees for filing trademark applications in colours and for responding to office actions.

The new official fee of filing a trademark application is DZD 16,000 in one class in black & white and DZD 17,000 in colour. The official fee for each additional class is DZD 2,000.

The new rates are effective as of January 1, 2015 and will be applicable on new, as well as, pending applications.

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Legal basis is the Decree No. 03-06 of July 19, 2003, in force since August 2, 2005.
Algeria is a member of the Madrid Agreement and Madrid Protocol as well as the Paris Convention.
Trademark protection is obtained by registration.
It can also be acquired by sufficient public recognition. However, to the Algerian law the trademark cannot definitely be protected without registration. Even for notorious trademarks and well-known ones, the Algerian legislation is not precise regarding their protection without registration.
Nice classification, 11th edition
Registrable as a trademark are all distinctive signs capable of being represented graphically, particularly words, including personal names, letters, numbers, drawings or images, the characteristic shape of goods or their packaging, colours (alone or combined - as long as they are capable of distinguishing the goods or services of a natural or legal person from those of other persons).
The following trademark types are registrable: trade marks, service marks and collective marks.
The application is filed at the Algerian Institute of the Intellectual Property (INAPI).
Multiple-class applications are possible.
Foreign applicants do not need a local agent, a postal address within Algeria is sufficient.
A non-legalised power of attorney is sufficient.
Foreign applicants do not need a domestic registration.
The application process includes a formal examination and a full one, which further this latter either the registration certificate is issued or a partial or total provisional refusal of registration is issued with the indication of considered as possible identical or similar trademarks, and/or the examined trademark as a descriptive one.
The processing time from first filing to registration is approx. 12 to 15 months in a smooth procedure.
The certificate of registration is issued upon completing all the filing requirements, trademarks are published after registration.
The order of July 19, 2003, related to the trademarks does not anticipate an administrative opposition procedure against the filing of a mark. The opposition is possible at the competent Court (Cancellation), with the most important condition; to have the registration certificate of the trademark.

Details regarding the Opposition Period against designation of IR Mark are available in our publication on this topic here
Protection begins with the date of application. A trademark registration is valid for 10 years.
The registration is renewable for periods of 10 years during the last six months of the protection period.
The grace period for renewals is 6 months after the expiry date of the trademark.

Further practical details are available in our publication on this topic here
If the trademark has not actually been used seriously for a period of 3 years after filing the application, or if the use has ceased for more than 3 years, the trademark may be subject to cancellation by a third party through a legal action at the competent Court. If the applicant/owner brings a proof that serious circumstances justify the lack of use, an extension of time not exceeding 2 years can be granted.

Further practical details are available in our publication on this topic here
The official fee of filing a trademark application is DZD 16,000 in one class in black & white and DZD 17,000 in colour. The official fee for each additional class is DZD 2,000.

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Institut National Algérien de la Propriété Industrielle (INAPI)
42 Rue Larbi Ben M'hidi
Tel +213 21 73 01 42 or 60 84
Fax +213 21 73 55 81 or 96 44

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
34, Chemin des Colombettes
1211 Geneva 20
Tel +41 22 33 89 11 1
Fax +41 22 73 35 42 8