A new trade mark law has been published in Malawi, namely the Trademarks Bill (2017). Once it enters into force, the new law will replace the existing Trade Marks Act 1957. Chief among the changes to be brought in by the new law will be the registration of service marks. There is also provision for the registration of collective marks, certification marks and Geographical Indications. Provision is made for encompassing the terms of the Banjul Protocol (which governs ARIPO trade marks) into the national law and there is also a schedule which concerns procedures for International Registrations, which indicates that the Malawi authorities are considering signing the Madrid Protocol in the near future.

 

The Bill is not expected to become law for some time yet, but we will post further information on the website as and when it is received.