On March 31st, 2016, the new Industrial Property Code will come
into force in Mozambique, approved by this country's Council of
Ministers on 31st December 2015 (decree No.47/2015), which will
revoke the previous Code, of 2006.
The main changes, which are set below, have to do mostly
with the amendment of deadlines, of administrative and formatting
issues, as well as with the clarification of certain sections, and
there have not been many legal changes.
On a general level and applicable to all the
administrative procedures, new deadlines must be pointed
out: 30 days, instead of the previous 15, to submit
pending documents (for example, powers of attorney); 30 days, but
in this case replacing the previous 60 days, for filing
The Patent, Utility Model and Industrial Design
applications may now suffer provisional refusals, which
will be communicated to the applicants in five days, and there will
a be a period of 30 days to file the eventual replies (in the
absence of the same, the refusals will become final).
It will now be possible to file opposition against the
granting of Utility Models and the opposition against the granting
of Industrial Designs is also clarified (the oppositions
can be filed by any person/entity who feels harmed, within 30 days
after the publication of the granting).
On what concerns Trademarks, the new Industrial Property
Code foresees to extend the exam of Trademarks in relation to
identical or similar products and/or services and the deadline for
filing oppositions is reduced from 60 to 30 days after the
The IP Bulletin, which has been published every
two months until now, will now be published
Originally published March 10, 2016
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