Zambia is a member of the Paris convention, the Harare Protocol and the Lusaka Agreement (ARIPO), and also the Madrid Protocol on Trademarks.

In Zambia trademarks may be registered through one of the three (3) available system of trademark registration

  1. National trademark may be registered through state trademark office
  2. Through the ARIPO treaty system
  3. International trademarks may be registered through WIPO system

Trademark registration requirements in Zambia:

  1. Power of attorney simply signed.
  2. Design of the trademark in JPEG format in case of a graphical trademark (not required for word mark).
  3. The details of goods and/or services for which the trademark will be registered or the classes in case they are known.
  4. Details of the trademark owner (name, address, registration number).
  5. Invoicing details (name, address, fiscal number, registration number).
  6. Certified copy of priority document in case priority is to be claimed.

The trademark registration procedure lasts sixty (60) months. The opposition can be filed within two (2) months. The protection lasts seven (7) years from the application date.

Priority documents

  1. Copy of priority application (certified by the relevant trademarks office as true copy thereof).
  2. An English translation, if necessary.

Details of the Applicant

  1. Full names
  2. Physical address
  3. Nationality / country of incorporation

Details of the trademark

  1. Word mark or logo
  2. If the mark is a logo, it should be sent in electronic form
  3. Details of colours claimed, if applicable.

Trademark change name and address;

  1. signed power of attorney
  2. official document certifying the change of name.

It should be noted that;

The informal search is done in an internal database of published trademarks.
The formal search is conducted directly in the official trademarks register.

Applications are examined for formal and substantial requirements and conflict with prior registrations or pending applications. Accepted applications will be published for opposition purposes. If no opposition is filed, the registration certificate will be issued.