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Intellectual Property Registration

Mauritius is a member of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and signatory to the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property, the Universal Copyright Convention, and the Berne Convention. WIPO essentially aims at protecting the “creation of mind”, hence providing enhanced incentives to individuals and societies to engage in innovation, invention and in creation of new ideas.

The key to the expansion of the global economy is the contribution of new knowledge and ideas as a crucial factor in sustained economic growth and development. Digital technology, the Internet, biotechnology, information technology and communication, as well as a host of other such developments play a critical role in what is termed ‘the knowledge economy.’ Intellectual Property (IP) is increasingly recognized as an economic asset as Mauritius moves towards a knowledge-based economy. The capacity to tap the IP assets will be a determining factor in the development of the economy during the next decade

The Registration Process

The registration of IP in Mauritius is managed by the Industrial Property Office of Mauritius (“IPO”). IPO is responsible for the protection and registration of trademarks, patents, industrial designs, and copyrights in Mauritius. Here is a general overview of the intellectual property registration process in Mauritius:

  1. Trademark Registration:
    • Conduct a trademark search: Before filing for registration, it is advisable to conduct a search to ensure your desired trademark is available and not conflicting with existing trademarks.
    • Application submission: Complete the trademark application form provided by IPO, including details about the applicant, the trademark, and the goods or services it represents.
    • Examination and publication: IPO will examine the trademark application for compliance with legal requirements. If approved, the trademark will be published in the Official Industrial Property Journal for public opposition purposes.
    • Registration: If there are no oppositions or successful challenges, and the application meets all requirements, IPO will issue a certificate of registration.
  2. Patent Registration:
    • Application submission: File a patent application with IPO, including a description of the invention, claims, drawings (if applicable), and any necessary supporting documents.
    • Examination and publication: IPO will conduct an examination to assess the novelty, inventiveness, and industrial applicability of the invention. If the application meets the requirements, it will be published in the Official Industrial Property Journal.
    • Grant of patent: If there are no objections or successful challenges, and the application meets all criteria, IPO will grant the patent and issue a certificate of registration.
  3. Industrial Design Registration:
    • Application submission: File an application for the registration of an industrial design with IPO, including drawings, photographs, or other representations of the design.
    • Examination and registration: IPO will examine the application for compliance with legal requirements. If approved, the industrial design will be registered, and a certificate of registration will be issued.
  4. Copyright Registration:
    • Copyright protection: Copyright protection is automatic upon the creation of an original work. However, voluntary registration with the Copyright Office in Mauritius can provide additional evidence of ownership.
    • Application submission: Complete the copyright registration application form, including details about the author, title of the work, and date of creation.
    • Registration: Upon successful processing of the application, the Copyright Office will issue a certificate of registration.

It is important to note that the above steps provide a general overview of the IP registration process in Mauritius. Specific requirements and procedures may vary depending on the type of intellectual property being registered. It is advisable to seek the assistance of IP professionals or legal experts specializing in IP registration in Mauritius for precise guidance and up-to-date information tailored to your specific circumstances.

​​Ashton Financial Partners can assist you in registration of your IP in Mauritius as required, under the law of Mauritius.


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