Select Country

Select a country to view information on local trademark law


Countries
A-E  F-J  K-O  P-T  U-Z

Multinational Agreements
AIPO/OAPI  ARIPO 
EUIPO  WIPO

Services Firms

Check IP services firms here

Feedback

Please report us if any of this content needs an update


Law Firms and
IP Consultancies

For legal advice please contact:

Abeis
Casablanca, Morocco (MA)
More info

Cabinet Aksiman
Casablanca, Morocco (MA)
More info

GateMarks & Co. IP
Casablanca, Morocco (MA)
More info

Get Listed

Promote your expertise to IP professionals worldwide.
read more

Morocco (MA)

Print this page
05-02-2016 (Newsletter Issue 8/16)
Official Application Fee Amended
The Moroccan Industrial and Commercial Property Office has revised its fee schedule for IP protection matters.

As of March, 2016, the official fee for filing a trademark is MAD 1,200 for the first class and MAD 150 for each additional class.

Source: www.ip-coster.com


01-28-2015 (Newsletter Issue 2/15)
New Law on Industrial Property Issued
A new Industrial Property Law (No. 23-13) has been issued in Morocco to amend the law (No.17/97) related to Industrial Property. The said Law entered in force on December 18, 2014 and provides for the protection of industrial property rights in accordance with international standards in the field of industrial property. The new Law entered into force on the date of publication in the Official Gazette on January 15, 2015.

The new Law aims to strengthen the protection of industrial property taking into consideration the continuous change that characterized the protection of the rights related to industrial property. Main features of the new Law are summerized as follows:

- Prior substantive examination for trademarks, designs and patents applications is now required.
- A new opposition procedure entered into effect.
- The Customs administration is now entitled to block suspected counterfeited goods not only for importation but also for exportation and in transit.
- It will now be possible to file divisional applications either for patents, trademarks and designs and models, possibility to delay the disclosure of a design & model.
- Licensing and assignments allowed for pending applications.
- New duration of design & model rights.
- It will be possible to any interested third parties to oppose a trademark on absolute grounds, calculation of deadlines before the PTO.

Moreover, major changes were made regarding the improvement of the invention patent system, the consolidation of the national trademark system, the reform of the national system of industrial designs and the enforcement of IP rights.

Source: JAH & Co. IP, Qatar and www.agip.com


12-03-2013 (Newsletter Issue 17/13)
New IP Law Soon Expected
The new law No. 23-13, amending and completing the basis law No. 17-97 was approved by the Government council in Morocco on September 12, 2013.
The draft law was forwarded to the competent authorities for further review and approval. According to the Moroccan Trademark Office, the law might be probably implemented early 2014.

Source: Saba & Co. IP – Head Office, Lebanon


11-01-2012 (Newsletter Issue 16/12)
Official Fees Payable for Each Class
According to Ministerial Resolution no. 06/2012 dated June 21, 2012, the fees for the filing and the renewal of trademark applications will be payable separately for each and every class, and not up to the first 3 classes, as was the practice before.

Source: SMAS IP, Morocco


10-16-2012 (Newsletter Issue 15/12)
Official Fees Increased
In compliance with the recent Moroccan Industrial and Commercial Property Office (OMPIC) Decision, the official fees for filing trademarks and designs have been increased, which became effective on October 1, 2012.
The new official fee for filing a trademark is MAD 1,200 for the first class and MAD 150 for each additional class.

Source: SMAS IP, Morocco; H & H Consulting Law Firm, Morocco and H.R. Law Firm, Morocco


The Moroccan Parliament approved on December 18th, 2014, a new Industrial Property Law published in the Official Gazette No. 6318 on December 18th, 2014. The new Law No. 23.13 amends and supplements Law No 17-97 on the Protection of Industrial Property which took effect on December 18th, 2014.
Morocco is a member of the Madrid Agreement and the Madrid Protocol.
Trademark protection is obtained by registration. The owner of a well-known mark within the meaning of the Paris Convention may claim cancellation of the registration of a mark that may be confused with his own mark. Such proceedings shall be prescribed five years after registration date, unless registration was applied for in bad faith.
Nice classification, 10th edition
Registrable as a trademark are all distinctive and graphically representable signs, such as words, names, acronyms, letters, numbers, devices, emblems, holograms which are three dimensional signs and three dimensional pictures, colours, combinations or shades of colours, three-dimensional forms, the three-dimensional form of a good or its packaging and any combination of the mentioned signs. The law also recognizes the registrability of sound and olfactory badges.
The following trademark types are registrable: trademarks, service marks, collective marks, trade names and titles of establishment.
The application is filed at the ʻMoroccan Office for Industrial and Commercial Propertyʼ in Casablanca, covering the whole Morocco. Electronic filing is now applicable.
Multiple-class applications are possible.
Foreign applicants need a local agent.
A non-legalised power of attorney stamped and sealed by the applicant, showing name and quality of the signatory clearly, is sufficient. Foreign applicants do not need a domestic registration.
The Moroccan PTO examines an incoming trademark application with regard to compliance with formal requirements and absolute grounds for refusal. The PTO does not examine conflicts with prior identical or similar trademarks.
The Moroccan Trademark office publishes all filed trademarks on a half-month basis to enable holders of protected trademarks to exercise their right of opposition. If no opposition is retained, the trademark is registered. The processing time from first filing to registration is 4 to 6 months if no opposition is filed.
National:
The opposition period is 2 months from publication of the trademark in the Official Gazette. The opposition is done at OMPIC.

Details regarding the Opposition Period against designation of IR Mark are available in our publication on this topic here
A trademark registration is valid for 10 years from the filing date and renewable indefinitely for the same period. The renewed trademark will keep the same number of the original trademark preceded by capital letter R1 for the first renewal and 2R for the second renewal and so on and so forth.
The grace period for renewals is 6 months from the expiry of the term of validity of the trademark. Renewal shall begin on expiry of the term of validity of the registration. The request of the trademark has only effect if the request is based on the trademark registration as registered in the national trademark register of marks.

Further practical details are available in our publication on this topic here
On the basis of a court order, any interested party is entitled to demand the cancellation of a registered trademark, if it has not been used by the right holder for 5 consecutive years as of the date of registration (end of opposition procedure period) or as of the last use.

Further practical details are available in our publication on this topic here
The official fee for filing a trademark is MAD 1,200 for the first class and MAD 150 for each additional class.

Currency Converter   (Source for exchange-rates: bankenverband.de)
Find out how much this is in your own currency and convert!

Initial currency

Amount
left-to-right wrrow
convert into
Target currency

Amount

Divisional Application procedure:
The new Industrial Property Law (No. 23-13) provides the possibility for an applicant or his agent to divide the initial application before the registration of the trademark and after payment of the official fees. The divided application shall maintain the initial filing date or the priority date, if applicable, and shall be subject to the same conditions and formalities. The divided application could contain only the same goods and services of the initial filing application. However, it is not possible to divide the application for the goods and services that are opposed or rejected
Practical details on licensing procedures, requirements and effectiveness are available in our publication on this topic here.
Search type First class Add. class
Word Mark Search (availability) 230,00 € 190,00 € 
Word Mark Search (identical) 210,00 € 170,00 € 

The Prices above are SMD Group Search Fees
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
01-29-2015
Abu-Ghazaleh Intellectual Property Morocco, Casablanca, Morocco

11-20-2013
Abu-Ghazaleh Intellectual Property Morocco, Casablanca, Morocco

02-09-2011
Atlas Intellectual Property, Casablanca, Morocco



Abeis

Rue Ahmed Touki, Résidence Ourok 3éme étage N°13
20000 Casablanca
Morocco (MA)

Cabinet Aksiman

60 BD Ibn Tachfine
20310 Casablanca
Morocco (MA)

GateMarks & Co. IP

Boulevard De Taza Hay Moulay Abdellah
20550 Casablanca
Morocco (MA)

Office Marocain de la Propriété Industrielle et Commerciale (OMPIC)
R.S. 114
KM 9,5 Route de Nouasseur – Sidi
Maarouf
Casablanca
Morocco
Tel +212 22 33 54 86
Fax +212 22 33 54 80
Mail directinfo@ompic.org.ma
www.ompic.org.ma

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