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Zambia Trademark Registration 

Your trademark registration will be processed in Zambia 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 Zambia, do I have protection in other territories?

    The territorial limit of registration is Zambia.

  • Do I need to sign a Power of Attorney?

    An applicant does not benefit from pre-filing use of a trademark.

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

    An applicant does not benefit from pre-filing use of a trademark.

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

    Attack on the ground of non-use is available.

  • What are the types of trademark that can be registered in Zambia?
    • words
    • names
    • devices
    • certain three-dimensional shapes
    • colours
    • slogans
    • certification marks
    • well-known marks
  • What are the phases of application after a trademark has been filed in Zambia?

    The order of the application process is as follows:

    1. Examination of the trademark application in respect to:
      • formalities
      • classification
      • clarity
      • descriptiveness
      • distinctiveness
      • deceptiveness
      • conflict with prior registration
    2. Publication of the following application particulars:
      • mark
      • name of applicant
      • address of applicant
      • application number
      • application date
      • goods/services
      • priority claim information
      • representation of trademark
    3. Registration
  • What type of trademark is not registrable?
    • marks that contradict moral standards or public order
    • generic terms
    • symbols, names, and flags of nations, states, regions, or of international organizations
    • geographic location names
  • Does Zambia use the "Nice Classification" system?

    Zambia uses the Nice Classification System.

  • Does the Community Trademark apply for Zambia?

    Zambia is not a European Union member; hence, the Community Trademark is not effective in this jurisdiction.

  • Is there any possibility to claim priority in Zambia?

    Priority application may be claimed on the following conditions:


    • the applicant's home country is a member of the Paris Convention
    • the home application was filed six months earlier than the application filing date in Zambia
    • international registrations can be designated in Zambia
  • What do I need to do to satisfy the use requirement?

    A trademark must be used within five years. The amount of use can be minimal and must occur in Zambia.

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

    The initial term of a registration is seven years calculated from the application date.

  • What will be the renewal date of my trademark?

    The first renewal date of a trademark registration is seven years from the filing date.

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

    Owners may legally use a trademark for any goods or services even if such trademark is not yet registered.