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Cape Verde (CV)

Online you can see a limited part of information about this country.
More in-depth details are available for the following aspects:

     General Trademark Regulations
     Grace Period for Trademark Renewal
     Trademark Licensing

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Latest News: Apr 21, 2022 (Newsletter Issue 5/22)
Accession to Madrid Protocol
On April 6, 2022, the Government of Cape Verde deposited its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol.

The Protocol will enter into force for this country on July 6, 2022.

For more information, please click here


Oct 14, 2014 (Newsletter Issue 15/14)
Merge of IP Office and Quality Management Institute
The government of Cape Verde has merged its Quality Management Institute (IGQ) and the Intellectual Property Institute (IPICV) to form the Quality Management and Intellectual Property Institute (“Instituto de Gestão da Qualidade e da Propriedade Intelectual” or only “IGQPI”).

This new office will handle with issues related to industrial property and copyrights and supervise the quality of products and services in Cape Verde.


Legal Basis is the Decree-Legislative Nº 4/2007 of August 20, 2007 and the Ordinance No. 22/2007 of August 27, 2007.
Cape Verde is a member of the:
- Convention establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization since July 7, 1997
- TRIPS Agreement, since July 23, 2008
- The Hague Convention abolishing the requirement of legalization of public documents since February 13, 2010.
Nice classification, 10th edition
A trademark may consist of a sign or set of signs that can be represented graphically, namely words, including names of persons , drawings, letters, numbers and sounds, the form of the product or respective packaging, provided that they adequately distinguish the products and services of one company from those of others.
A trademark may also consist of advertising sentences for the respective products or services, provided that they are distinctive, regardless of the protection conferred upon them by copyright.
The following trademark types are registrable: trademarks, service marks and collective marks (which include association marks and certification marks)
The application is filed at the Industrial Property Institute (IGQPI).
Multi-class applications are allowed, upon payment of additional class fees
It is necessary to provide a power of attorney, notarized and either apostilled or legalized by a Cape Verde Consulate.
If the applicant is a company, a certificate of the Commercial Register should be filed as well, fulfilling the same formalities.
These documents must be filed at the time of application and must be either originally in Portuguese or translated into Portuguese (certified translation).
The application is published in the Official Gazette.
The opposition period is 2 months from publication date of the trademark in the Official Gazette.

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 date of registration date.
The registration is renewable for periods of 10 years.
Practical details on grace periods for trademark renewals are available in our publication here
The official fee for filing a trademark application is CVE 6,500 for any number of classes. At the same time the publication fee of CVE 3000 is paid.
The registration fee per class and per five goods is CVE 7,000 and the original certificate fee is CVE 2,500.

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Trademarks can be assigned. The assignment shall not produce effects before third parties if not registered.
Practical details on trademark licensing are available in our publication here
SMD Group thanks the following law firms for their assictance in updating the information provided.

Sep 23, 2021
Simões, Garcia, Corte-Real & Associados, Lisboa, Portugal

Quality Management and Intellectual Property Institute (IGQPI)
3ºPiso, Prédio Bô Casa
Avenida Cidade de Lisboa
Cidade da Praia
Ilha de Santiago
Republica de Cabo Verde

Tel +238 260 43 40
Fax +238 261 6994