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Mai 08, 2018 (Newsletter Issue 9/18)
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Renewal Action and Deadlines

Existing trademark registrations under Rwanda Law 31/2009 of October 26, 2009, effective from December 14, 2009, on Protection of Intellectual Property are scheduled for renewal in 2019. The Law states that existing registrations can be renewed within ten years of the entry into force of the Law, i.e. by December 14, 2019.

In Rwanda, there are no lapsed trademarks because it is the first time that a trademark renewal action has been introduced under the 2009 IP Law and it is advised that the renewal application should be filed well before the deadline for a smoother processing of the same.

The documents required for the renewal of trademark registrations are: a notarized Power of attorney and a simple copy of the certificate of registration. The time frame to receive the renewal certificate is 2 to 4 weeks from filing the renewal application.

Source: JAH & Co. IP, Qatar