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Mozambique joins the Banjul System

With effect from 15 August 2020, brand owners can use the Banjul system to protect their marks in Mozambique and ten other countries by filing one application and paying one set of fees. On 15 May 2020, Mozambique deposited its instrument of accession to the Banjul Protocol on Marks with the Director General of ARIPO, which is headquartered in Harare, Zimbabwe.

ARIPO’s application system provides a simple designation process for brand owners selling products and services in Africa. Mozambique’s domestic legislation already makes provision for the immediate implementation of the Banjul Protocol.

Mozambique borders Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, and eSwatini. Four of the six countries which it borders are landlocked. Mozambique’s strategic location means that its neighbouring countries are dependent on it as a channel to global markets.

If you are interested in seeking protection of your brand in Mozambique, contact our team in Harare, Zimbabwe for assistance.