December 1, 2018
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RWANDA: New Deadline to Renew Trademarks Filed Before December 14, 2009
On June 13, 2018, the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) clarified that the renewal date for trademarks filed under any trademark laws that were in effect prior to December 14, 2009, should be calculated from the publication date of the current trademark law, Rwandan Law 31/2009 on the Protection of Intellectual Property. The law is dated October 26 and was published on December 14, 2009.
This law stipulates that trademarks filed in Rwanda under the previous laws—when the duration of registration was unlimited—would be due for renewal within 10 years of the new law coming into effect. This appeared to mean that all relevant registered trademarks would be due for renewal on or before October 26, 2019. However, the RDB has now clarified its position.
Consequently, the renewal date for all trademarks filed under the previous laws is now set to expire on December 14, 2019. The certificates for a number of renewals that were filed early reflect the incorrect October 26, 2019, renewal date, and the RDB has requested that they be returned for amendment.
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