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What is the law under which the Trademark protection is granted in Afghanistan?
The Trademark Registration Law of 2009 governs and deals with the mechanism of registration of trademarks in Afghanistan.
What type of trademarks can be registered?
A Trademark registered could be any name, color, logo, symbol or sound that uniquely identifies the source of the goods and services. In Afghanistan, the Trademarks protected are as follows: CONVENTIONAL TRADEMARKS including word mark and device mark
Which edition of Nice Classification is accepted by the Trademark office?
In Afghanistan, the 9th edition of Nice Classification is accepted by the Trademark office.
What is the expected time frame for issuance of examination report?
The examination report is usually issued within 2 months approximately.
What is the initial registration term?
Once the trademark is registered, it is valid for a period of 10 years from the date of registration.
What is considered as the effective date of registration for a Trademark?
The date of registration is considered as the effective date of registration for a Trademark.
What are the documents and information required at the time of filing the registration application?
The following information and documents are required to file the Trademark application in Afghanistan: Power of attorney
Is there any due date to file the POA after filing the Trademark application?
The POA must be submitted within 2 months after filing the Trademark application.
What is the opposition period?
The time period to file a notice of opposition is 1 month from the date of publication of the Trademark in the official gazette.
What is the renewal term?
Trademark protection is available for 10 years from the date of registration, renewable every 10 years on payment of the required fee.
What are the documents required at the time of filing the renewal of Trademark application?
The documents required at the time of filing the renewal of Trademark application are as follows: Power of attorney Registration certification
What are the documents required at the time of filing the recordals of Trademark application?
The documents required are as follows:
1. CHANGE OF NAME: Certified copy of extract from the Registrar of Companies with required translation Power of Attorney
2. CHANGE OF ADDRESS: Certified copy of extract from the Registrar of Companies with required translation Power of Attorney
3. ASSIGNMENT: Deed of Assignment Power of Attorney
4. MERGER: Deed of Merger Power of Attorney
5. LICENSE: License Agreement Power of Attorney
What is the non-use cancellation period of a Trademark?
The non-use cancellation period of a Trademark is for 3 years from the date of registration.
What is the time frame to complete the Trademark registration?
Trademark registration is a lengthy process and it takes around 6-9 months approximately to obtain registration.