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What are the costs of a trademark registration in Lesotho?

The costs of trademark registration in Lesotho depend on the number of Nice classes that are relevant to the trademark. Most marks need 1 to 3 classes, but it is possible to get  protection in all of classes 1 through 45 of the Nice classification.


How do you get a trademark registration in Lesotho?

In principle you may trade without registering your brand name, and you may register your brand name without trading, but without registration you are not protected. You can register a trademark in Lesotho in two ways. You can apply to the local trademark office of the Ministry of Legal and Constitutional Affairs, or you can register your trademark regionally through the African Regional Industrial Property Organization (ARIPO). Registration via ARIPO is considerably faster than via a local trademark office.

You must submit several items in your application. In addition to your personal data, this includes a copy of your deed of incorporation, or an extract from the Trade Register. You also provide a list of the services or goods you trade, and a copy of your brand name. Make sure all appearances are exactly right. Please note that scents, sounds and holograms in Lesotho cannot be registered as trademarks in Lesotho.


Does Lesotho follow the first-to-file principle?

If you want to be sure that your trademark is protected, it is best to register your trademark in Lesotho on time and in the right way. If you don’t do this in time, you run the risk that someone else will beat you to it. In Lesotho it is the case that the first person to register a brand name also acquires all rights to use that name. In addition, your trademark can always be abused if you do not clearly demonstrate that you are the owner. Applying for a trademark registration in Lesotho is quite easy, but you have to make sure that you follow the correct procedure.

Of course you don’t want other people or companies to abuse your exclusive trademark. However, you can assume that some people who see that you have a successful business want to take advantage of it. If someone else has your brand registered in Lesotho, you can no longer protect it. Prevent this situation by submitting your application on time.

If you’re new to the market in a country, you certainly don’t have to deal with difficult ownership issues. If you do not register your trademark in Lesotho, you also run the risk that another company markets similar merchandise under a similar brand name. There is little that can be done about that.


Why is a preliminary trademark search necessary?

Before you start applying for a trademark registration, it is best to do a trademark search. This shows you what options there are to protect your brand name in Lesotho. You investigate which other parties there are that carry an identical or similar brand name. By checking this in advance, you will not be faced with unpleasant surprises during registration or later in the process.


Do you need to protect all parts of your mark?

The moment you register your full trade name, this does not automatically mean that all parts of that name are also protected. Only the combination that has been submitted is secured. For example, if you want to protect a certain shape or text from your logo separately, you will have to make a separate request for this. This prevents external parties from misusing parts of your brand.

Should it happen that a conflict about ownership does arise, then in some situations it is possible to do something about this. If there is a confusing resemblance, you can object. This means that another party misuses your brand name and provides the same services or goods. The question is whether your objection is successful. After all, every situation has different considerations. Therefore, not only have your full brand name registered in Lesotho, but also the various parts.


Is the validity of the mark ten years?

Your trademark registration is valid for a period of 10 years from the date of your application. When the period has almost expired, you can extend the registration again for another 10 years. This is possible from 6 months before the validity expires.

You should pay extra attention if you have registered a brand name, but are not active on the market. If you have not done anything for more than 3 years, your registration can be stopped. In principle, you can easily prevent this by showing minimal activity from time to time.


Where do you file your trademark?

It makes sense to have your trademark registered in the country where you trade, but to fully protect your brand you have to think beyond national borders. For example, what about the countries where your production lines are located? It is also best to register your trademark here.

Finally, you should investigate in which countries the risks are greatest that your brand name will be abused. Try to find out whether, for example, easy copying can take place. You also need to secure your brand in places where major competitors are active.

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