Protect your trademark

What is the procedure to protect your trademark in Algeria ? How much does it cost ? How to know your sign complies with trademark rights ?

What is the procedure to protect your trademark in Algeria ?

Create an account on the website of the National Algerian Institute for Industrial Property (INAPI) ;

Choosing your place of deposit, where you will have to send the request forms duly completed. 

Perform payment of deposit fees by check directly to INAPI. In case you are not located in Algeria, you are obliged to be represented by an agent, a lawyer for instance.

If your request is considered admissible, you will receive a copy of your registration request as well as a payment receipt. This will allow you to assert your rights in the event of a dispute. In fact, registering your trademark allows you to benefit from a monopoly on the exploitation of your trademark. If someone else uses or copies your mark without your permission, then you can take legal action.

Warning ! It is important to register your trademark in the Latin alphabet and in Arabic. If you only deposit one or the other version, that version will be protected and someone else may register the translation of your sign.

It is also possible to protect your trademark in Algeria through the simplified procedure of the PMOI. This solution is preferred if you want to benefit from an operating monopoly within several countries.

How to know your sign complies with trademark rights ?

Your submitted file will be reviewed by INAPI. Therefore prior to sending, you must ensure that theyIt is therefore important to check before sending your request that your brand is in line with trademark law.

First of all, your trademark must be distinctive. This means that it is not allowed to register a sign that is a mere description of the products or services to be commercialized. You also cannot submit a translation of a generic or commonly used word. An arbitrary sign should be found.

Next, your brand must be lawful. It is therefore important that your sign complies with the Algerian legislations in effect in Algeria, as well as the Algerian public policy in general.

Finally, it is important to verify that your sign is available. If your sign is already in use or if it risks being confused with another sign already in use, the proprietor of the prior mark shall be able to oppose your trademark application.

It is necessary to have a solid knowledge of trademark law to be sure that you have the right to protect your trademark in Algeria. A lawyer takes care of all the checks for you. You avoid having your application for protection refused or having your deposit objected to.

Finally, it is important to verify that your sign is available. If your sign is already in use or if it risks being confused with another sign already in use, the owner of the earlier mark may oppose the filing of your mark.

It is necessary to have a sound knowledge of trademark law to be sure that you have the right to protect your trademark in Algeria. Our lawyers will perform all audits for you . To avoid having your application for protection refused or having your deposit objected to.

How much does it cost to protect your trademark in Algeria ?

If you choose to file your trade mark application at the INAPI, the price ranges between 1400 ( 10 €) and 1500 DZD (11 €) depending on whether it is a black and white or colour image filing. You will have to pay 2000 DZD (15 €) for each additional class. You must refer to the Nice Classification to identify your deposit classes.

After 10 years, your trademark should be renewed against payment of filing fees again.

You also have to take into consideration the ancillary costs associated with filing. It is highly recommended that you have a search for prior trademarks done by a professional before applying for registration. 

Broadly speaking, a lawyer can assist in performing all procedures. Our lawyers can assist you, in particular as to the choice of the most relevant deposit classes according to your needs. You thus ensure optimal protection of your brand.

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