An Industrial Property Office has been established, and the new Law is likely to be published and introduced during the first half of 1999.

The Registrar is accepting "provisional" applications on file and whilst these have no legal effect at present, in all likelihood they will be allotted a filing date corresponding to the first working day of the Trade Marks Office.

At present there are no official fees being requested for the filing of provisional trade mark applications, and these will only be called for once the allocation of official filing dates and numbers has commenced. At that stage applicants will have the option of either paying the fee for an application to continue, or alternatively if the application is no longer of interest, then it can be withdrawn.

We welcome instructions from all our clients to file provisional trade mark applications in Mozambique.