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Somalia is not a party to the Paris Convention for Protection of Industrial Property and it is therefore not possible to claim priority under the Paris Convention.
Somalia is a member of the African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO) but it is not a signatory to the Banjul Protocol and it is therefore not possible to register trade marks in Somalia via the ARIPO system
Somalia follows a single class filing system in terms of the old 49 class Italian classification. It is possible to register trade marks in both goods and service classes.
Trade mark applications are examined for compliance with formal requirements only and there is no provision for publication or opposition proceedings.
The Trademarks Registry in Somalia ceased operations following the overthrowing of the government in 1991 and only resumed operations in November 2019. Between 1991 and 2019 it was not possible to register, enforce or maintain trade marks in Somalia. At this stage it is not clear whether common law and/or well-known trade marks are recognised in Somalia.
Trade mark registrations are valid for 10 years from the date of filing and may be renewed indefinitely for 10-year periods thereafter.
Customs recordals are possible.