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10-24-2017 (Newsletter Issue 18/17)
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Close to Join the Banjul Protocol and Vienna Agreement

On September 19, 2017, the Council of Ministers of Mozambique approved a resolution for Mozambique to accede to the Banjul Protocol. The Banjul Protocol on Trade Marks provides for the filing of a single trade mark application at the ARIPO Office (African Regional Industrial Property Organization), which will cover any member state designated by the applicant.

The next step is the deposit of the instruments of accession with the Director General of ARIPO. Currently there is no prevision of when such will happen. After the instruments are deposited, the Protocol will come into force within 3 months.

In the same session, the Council of Ministers of Mozambique also approved the resolution ratifying the country’s accession to the Vienna Convention for Trademark Classification. Vienna’s Classification is an international classification regarding trademarks’ figurative elements that was adopted through the Vienna Agreement of 1973.