Why and how to register a trademark in Djibouti

In Djibouti, trademark registration is mandatory to be granted rights over a trademark, as it is a "first to file" jurisdiction. Only in some exceptional cases can an unregistered trademark be protected. The trademark applications must be filed with the Office of Industrial Property and Commerce (ODPIC).

It is not necessary for a trademark to be in use in Djibouti in order for it to register.

If you register a combined trademark (which includes both word elements and figurative elements) in Djibouti, the exclusive right to use the trademark is limited to a use of the trademark in the exact configuration or way in which it was filed and registered. If you wish to use the word element of your trademark separately from the logo (or vice versa), it is recommended you register for another trademark including only the word or figurative elements you wish to use and protect separately.

Registered trademarks in Djibouti have a validity of ten (10) years from the application date and can be renewed indefinitely for further periods of ten (10) years. The trademark renewal can be requested during the six (6) months preceding the expiration date. 

Although a trademark does not have to be in use in order for it to register, it must not go unused for more than five years after registration or it will become vulnerable to cancellation actions based on lack of use of the trademark.

 

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