Rwanda is a party to the Madrid System for international registration of trade marks, and the Paris Convention for Protection of Industrial Property. It is possible to claim priority under the Paris Convention.
Rwanda follows a multi-class filing system in terms of the 9th edition of the Nice Classification.
The total time from filing to registration is approximately 10 months. Trade mark applications are examined for compliance with formal and substantive requirements and are published in the official gazette after acceptance. Trade marks may be opposed within 30 days from the date of publication, although there is some uncertainty around the length of the opposition period.