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Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a time frame for filing for a trademark registration?

Applicants should expect the application process to take approximately 10 months. It may take longer if the trademark office is processing a lot of applications at the same time. Another reason for the application process to take longer is if there are oppositions or grounds for refusal.

If I register my trademark in Morocco, do I have protection in other territories?

No. The mark will be protected only in the territory of Morocco.

Do I need to sign a Power of Attorney?

Yes. Applicants are required to submit a power of attorney.

Are there any benefits from a pre-filing use of the trademark?

No. There is no benefit from pre-filing use of the mark. Rights are established only through registration.

Will there be problems in case I don’t use my trademark after registration?

Yes. If the registered mark does not meet the requirements with regards to usage, it will be vulnerable to revocation of rights.

What are the types of trademark that can be registered in Morocco?

Marks that can be recreated or replicated graphically and signs that can help the public distinguish a good or service from its counterparts is allowed for registration.

  • slogan
  • word
  • name
  • colors
  • shapes (3-dimensional)
  • devices
  • geographical names
  • letters
  • seals
  • numbers
  • hologram
  • acronym
  • smell
  • trade dress
  • sound


What are the phases of application after a trademark has been filed in Morocco?

The order of trademark application in Morocco is as follows: 

  1. Examination – All applications are examined according to:
    • Compliance to requirements
    • Classification of goods/services
    • Descriptiveness
    • Capability of the mark to be represented graphically
    • Deceptiveness
    • Conflict with earlier registrations
  2. Publication – Information about the trademark application will be posted online and will be published in the Trademark Gazette. This will allow the public to oppose if needed.
    • Mark
    • Applicant’s name
    • Application number
    • Application date
    • Goods/services
  3. Registration – Once the examiners approved the mark and there are no oppositions after the publication or the oppositions are dismissed, the trademark office will grant the registration certificate
What type of trademark is non-registrable?

The trademark law of Morocco does not accept the following marks for registration: 

  • Marks that are against public order or oppose moral standards
  • Generic words or common terms
  • Names/flags/symbols of nations/states/regions and international organizations
  • Marks that lack distinctive qualities
  • Marks that mislead the consumers as to the good’s origin of place or quality
Does Morocco use the "Nice Classification" system?

Yes. Nice Classification is applicable in Morocco.

Is there any possibility to claim priority in Morocco?

The home application filing date can be acknowledged as the Morocco filing date if: 

  • Home country is a Paris Convention signatory
  • Home filing date is within 6 months from the date of filing in Morocco
  • International registration can be based in Morocco
What do I need to do to satisfy the use requirement?

To satisfy the requirement, the owner must use the mark on a business scale and within this jurisdiction. There should be no 5-year gap between each use.

Once my trademark has been registered, for how many years will be valid?

Registered marks in Morocco are valid for 10 years starting from the date of application.

What will be the renewal date of my trademark?

The first renewal date is done on the 10th year after the filing of application date.

Is it legal to use my trademark even if it is not yet registered?

Yes. Unregistered marks are legally allowed to be used for goods and services.

Does having a registered trademark in Morocco afford me any right?

Morocco law requires registration of trademark in order for the owner to secure rights.

What is the web address of the trademark national office?

Morocco’s trademark office is available online. Visit the website at:

Is there any need to use my trademark before I apply for registration?

No. Applicants are not required to actually use the mark or to have intention to use the mark before applying for registration.

What are the grounds for a Trademark Application to be opposed?

Here are the grounds for an application to be opposed: 

  • Proprietary rights
  • Breach of copyright
  • Generic marks
  • Issues against morality and public policy
  • Conflict with a personal name
  • Conflict with a registered design
  • Conflict with a trade name
  • Registration under agent’s name
  • Use of protected flags, state emblems and armorial bearings
  • Functional marks
  • Misleading/disparaging/deceptive marks
  • Not distinctive marks
  • Descriptive marks
  • Use of a geographical indication
  • Conflict with a notorious or famous mark
Who can contest my trademark registration?

Owners and licensees of an earlier right can oppose the application.

Is it possible to cancel a registration?

Registrations can be cancelled on these grounds: 

  • Proprietary rights
  • Descriptive marks
  • Not distinctive marks
  • Misleading, deceptive or disparaging marks
  • Functional marks
  • Breach of copyright
  • Conflict with a well-known mark
  • Use of protected armorial bearings, state emblems and flags
  • Conflict with trade names that might confuse the public mind
  • Conflict with a registered design
  • Conflict with popular personal names
  • Generic marks or commonly used
  • Use of geographical indications
  • Issues against morality or public order
  • Use of name, picture, or reputation of a person of authority
  • Use of name of style of a company
Are there any rights established by having a registered trademark?

Yes. Registration of a trademark helps the owner secure these rights: 

  • Exclusive rights to use the mark
  • Right to challenge applications that are in conflict with the mark
  • Right to demand for the cancellation of registrations that are in conflict with the mark
  • Right to take a legal action against third parties that are infringing the mark
  • Right to demand for damages from third parties that infringed the mark
  • Right to license and authorize third parties to use the mark
  • Right to appeal from customs authorities for the seizure of imported counterfeit goods that bear the mark
How long is the opposition period?

The opposition period will officially start on the date when the application was printed in the Trademark Gazette, and it will end 60 days later.

Is Morocco a member of the Madrid System?

Yes. Morocco is a party to international treaties: Madrid Protocol and Madrid Agreement.

Do I need to present periodic statement of use?

No. Period statement of use or any other similar filing that sets forth the use of the mark is not necessary.

When should I renew my trademark?

Registered trademarks in Morocco are renewed every 10 years to maintain their validity.

What will be the renewal date of my trademark?

The first renewal date is done on the 10th year after the filing of application date.

Is there any documentation that should be presented when renewing a trademark?

Renewing a trademark registration requires a power of attorney which must be printed on the applicants’ letterhead.

If my trademark expires, do I have a grace period?

Late renewal of trademark is possible since the trademark office can extend the renewal period for up to 6 months.

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