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The United Republic of Tanzania comprises of Tanganyika, on the African mainland, and the island of Zanzibar (including Pemba). Although Tanzania is a United Republic, uniting Tanganyika and Zanzibar, Zanzibar retained its independence (in some areas), resulting in two separate legal systems. Therefore, intellectual property laws are handled separately in each of these territories.

Tanzania is a party the African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO) and the Paris Convention for Protection of Industrial Property. It is possible to claim priority under the Paris Convention.

Lesotho follows a single class filing system and recognises both goods and services classes in terms of the 10th edition of the Nice Classification.

The total time from filing to registration is approximately 6 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 60 days from the date of publication.

Well-known trade marks in terms of the Paris Convention are recognised in Tanzania.

Trade mark registrations are valid for 7 years from the date of filing and may be renewed indefinitely for 10-year periods thereafter.

A registered trade mark may be cancelled on action by an interested party if it has not been used for a continuous period of 3 years after the date of registration.

Customs recordals are not possible.