Trade Mark Information

International and Regional Arrangements:

  • Madrid Agreement:      No
  • Paris Union:                Yes

Types of Trade Marks:

  • Goods and services
  • Certification marks
  • Collective marks
  • No provision for defensive marks


The International Classification of Goods and Services (Nice Classification) is applied.

Filing Requirements:

  • Particulars of Applicant (name, address and nationality)
  • Simply signed Power of Attorney
  • A copy of the Certificate of Incorporation
  • Representation of the mark
  • List of goods and / or services
  • Certified copy of the priority document

Duration: The trade mark is registered 10 years from the filing date

Renewal: Renewable every 10 years

General Information

  • Area: Approximately 26 000 km2
  • Population: 11 million
  • Capital: Kigali
  • Currency: Rwandan Franc
  • GDP:   $ 11.8 billion (2010)
  • Domain name extension: .rw
  • Languages: French, Kinyarwanda (official languages), English, Swahili
  • Exports: Coffee; tea; tin ore; hides
  • Imports:  Foodstuffs; machinery and equipment; steel; petroleum products; construction material

International / Regional Conventions:

  • Berne Convention
  • Hague Agreement on Designs
  • Paris Convention
  • Patent Cooperation Treaty
  • Universal Copyright Convention
  • WIPO Convention