Trademark - Rwanda

Register your Trademark

Register your trademark with Inventa International and benefit from the following advantages:

Strategic Advice

Our specialists will review the information you provide and advise you on the best strategy to increase your chances of success in obtaining a trademark and protecting your brand.

We prepare the application

We will be in charge of all the procedings related to filing a trademark application based on the chosen strategy.

Trademark Maintenance for 10 years

Inventa International keeps a close eye on every event related to your trademark.

Client Area available

We provide you a secure web based client area to manage your Intellectual Property assets.

Trademark Registration


Monitor the process from the preparation for the trademark application to its maintenance phase. Inventa International will accompany you every step of the way.


Trademark Details and Timeframes

Priority claim


Multi Class Application


Well-known Trademarks


Body responsible for non-use cancellations


Search with legal opinion time frame

12 days

Time until registration

1 year

Opposition Period

30 days

Use requirement period

3 years


  •  Applicant data.
  •  Sample of the mark (not required for word marks).
  •  List of goods and/or services.
  •  Copy of priority document (if applicable).
  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  Simple copy of Certificate of Registration.
  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  Simple copy of Certificate of Registration.
  •  Deed of Assignment.
  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  Certificate of change of name.
  •  Simple copy of Certificate of Registration.
  •  Simple copy of Certificate of Registration.
  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  Power of attorney from the licensor and licensee, simply signed.
  •  Simple copy of Certificate of Registration.
  •  License agreement.

Remarks: All documents are required to contain a verified translation in English.

Latest news


Deadline to renew trademarks registered before 2009 in Rwanda is upcoming

The law 31/2009 on the Protection of Intellectual Property, came into force in Rwanda on 14, December 2009, as previously announced. Before the approval of this legislation, trademarks registered in this jurisdiction were conceded for an undetermined time frame. Within the new framework trademark registrations are valid for a 10-year period, counting from the filing date. This means that all trademarks registered in Rwanda before 2009 must be renewed until 14 December 2019, since the renovation period has started counting from the date when the law 31/2009 became into force. It is recommended to file for trademark renewals before the deadline of 14, December 2019. Even though there’s a grace period for late renewals this may carry the payment of extra fees. 

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