Thursday, 25 October 2012

Morocco ups its fees, substantially

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The latest Saba news bulletin reveals that three major changes to IP fees, rules and regulations have been effected in Morroco.

"(1) The official fees for trademark, design and patent related matters were revised in Morocco, effective October 1, 2012. Fees have substantially increased in comparison with their current level. The new schedule of fees is applicable on all new applications as well as applications that have still not matured to registration.

(2)Maintenance fees in the country will be due annually on the anniversary of the filing date of the patent. There is a six-month grace period for late payment with a surcharge. Previously, annuities were paid every five years; The 1st through the 5th patent annuities were payable at the time of filing; The remaining annuities were payable in groups of 5 years at the time of payment of the 6th, 11th and 16th annuities.

(3)The fees for the filing and the renewal of trademark applications will be payable separately for each and every class, and not up to the first 3 classes, as was the practice before."

These changes indicate a dire need for funds by the local office which is at odds with the generaly inflation rate of around 2% for the country. A few years ago WIPO provided an excellent overview of the expectations for IP in Morocco which can be accessed here.

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