INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS IN SUDAN
180 days - residents 240 days - non residents
First Renewal Term
Subsequent Renewal Term
In Sudan, the Trademark Act of 1969 (in force since 9th September 1969) forms the legal basis of trademark registration and protection.
Sudan is a member of the Madrid Protocol; thus, the extension of international registration of a trademark via the Madrid System is possible for the country and its applicants.
It is also a member of the African Regional Industrial Property Organization (ARIPO).
It has a single-class trademark filing system.
The 9th edition of Nice Classification is accepted by the trademark office.
The opposition period is six (06) months following the date of publication of the trademark application for the interested persons who are the residents of Sudan and eight (08) months for the ones residing outside Sudan.
The registered trademarks have a validity of ten (10) years from the date of application in Sudan, which can be further renewed indefinitely for periods of ten (10) years.
Sudan is a member of the Paris Convention, Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), and ARIPO.
The Patents Act, 1971 deals with the mechanism of patent protection.
Process Patent and Product Patent are the two types of patents that can be protected in Sudan.
In Sudan, any invention that satisfies the conditions of novelty, inventive step, and industrial applicability, subjects to patentability.
The types of patent applications in Sudan include Non-Convention Application, Convention Application, PCT National Phase Application, and Divisional Application.
Utility Model Protection is available under the patent law.
The time-period for the PCT National Phase Filing is thirty (30) months.
Opposition against a patent application can't be raised in Sudan.
The patent of invention lasts for twenty (20) years in Sudan. The protection term for a utility model patent is ten (10) years.
The time frame for payment of Annuities before the due date is one (01) day before the due date.
Sudan is a member of the Paris Convention and ARIPO.
The Design Law No. 18 of 1974 deals with the mechanism of registration of industrial designs.
The types of industrial design applications in Sudan include Non-Convention Application and Convention Application.
Utility model protection isn't provided under industrial design protection in Sudan.
Opposition against an industrial design application can't be raised in Sudan.
The total duration of an industrial design registration is fifteen (15) years from the date of application. The initial term of registration is five (05) years, which is further extendible for two terms of (05) five years each upon payment of the renewal fee.
There is a grace period of six (06) months to renew an industrial design in Sudan.
Sudan is a signatory to the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works.
The Copyright and Neighbouring Rights Protection Act 1996, deals with the mechanism of copyright protection in Sudan.
In Sudan, the authors of creative works are entitled to copyright protection upon creation and without any formality.
The standard copyright protection term lasts for the lifetime of the author plus fifty (50) years following his death. However, the duration of copyright protection varies depending on the type of work.