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Morocco Trademark Registration 

A trademark attorney will process your trademark registration in Morocco through the following steps:

 
Trademark Comprehensive Study   Step 1. Trademark Comprehensive Study:
A trademark search report with attorney's analysis and opinion about registration probabilities.
Step 1 Prices
 

 
Trademark Registration Request   Step 2. Trademark Registration Request:
A trademark attorney will file and process your trademark application before the Trademark Office.
Step 2 Prices
 

Frequently Asked Questions
  • Is there a time frame for the trademark registration approval?

    The average time frame for the registration approval is 10 months, if no objections or oppositions arise.

     

  • If I register my trademark in Morocco, do I have protection in other territories?

    No. The mark will be protected only in the territory of Morocco.

  • Do I need to sign a Power of Attorney?

    Yes. Applicants are required to submit a power of attorney.

  • Are there any benefits from a pre-filing use of the trademark?

    No. There is no benefit from pre-filing use of the mark. Rights are established only through registration.

  • Will there be problems in case I don’t use my trademark after registration?

    Yes. If the registered mark does not meet the requirements with regards to usage, it will be vulnerable to revocation of rights.

  • What are the types of trademark that can be registered in Morocco?

    Marks that can be recreated or replicated graphically and signs that can help the public distinguish a good or service from its counterparts is allowed for registration.

    • slogan
    • word
    • name
    • colors
    • shapes (3-dimensional)
    • devices
    • geographical names
    • letters
    • seals
    • numbers
    • hologram
    • acronym
    • smell
    • trade dress
    • sound

     

  • What are the phases of application after a trademark has been filed in Morocco?

    The order of trademark application in Morocco is as follows: 

    1. Examination – All applications are examined according to:
      • Compliance to requirements
      • Classification of goods/services
      • Descriptiveness
      • Capability of the mark to be represented graphically
      • Deceptiveness
      • Conflict with earlier registrations
    2. Publication – Information about the trademark application will be posted online and will be published in the Trademark Gazette. This will allow the public to oppose if needed.
      • Mark
      • Applicant’s name
      • Application number
      • Application date
      • Goods/services
    3. Registration – Once the examiners approved the mark and there are no oppositions after the publication or the oppositions are dismissed, the trademark office will grant the registration certificate
  • What type of trademark is non-registrable?

    The trademark law of Morocco does not accept the following marks for registration: 

    • Marks that are against public order or oppose moral standards
    • Generic words or common terms
    • Names/flags/symbols of nations/states/regions and international organizations
    • Marks that lack distinctive qualities
    • Marks that mislead the consumers as to the good’s origin of place or quality
  • Does Morocco use the "Nice Classification" system?

    Yes. Nice Classification is applicable in Morocco.

  • Is there any possibility to claim priority in Morocco?

    The home application filing date can be acknowledged as the Morocco filing date if: 

    • Home country is a Paris Convention signatory
    • Home filing date is within 6 months from the date of filing in Morocco
    • International registration can be based in Morocco
  • What do I need to do to satisfy the use requirement?

    To satisfy the requirement, the owner must use the mark on a business scale and within this jurisdiction. There should be no 5-year gap between each use.

  • Once my trademark has been registered, for how many years will be valid?

    Registered marks in Morocco are valid for 10 years starting from the date of application.

  • What will be the renewal date of my trademark?

    The first renewal date is done on the 10th year after the filing of application date.

  • Is it legal to use my trademark even if it is not yet registered?

    Yes. Unregistered marks are legally allowed to be used for goods and services.


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