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TRADEMARK

Opposition Term

NA

First Renewal Term

10 Years

Subsequent Renewal Term

10 Years

Registration Term

10 Years

  • In Algeria, trademark registration is mandatory to secure rights over a trademark as it is a 'first-to-file' jurisdiction.
  • All the trademark applications must be adequately filed with the Algerian National Institute of Industrial Property (INAPI).
  • The country is also 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.
  • Multi-class trademark applications are allowed.
  • The 11th edition of Nice Classification is accepted by the trademark office.
  • There is no opposition period in Algeria.
  • The registered trademarks have a validity of ten (10) years from the date of application, which can be renewed indefinitely for further periods of ten (10) years.

PATENT

  • Algeria is a member of the Paris Convention and Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). 
  • In Algeria, the Patent Law No. 03-07 of 2003 deals with the mechanism of patent protection.
  • Process Patent and Product Patent are the two types of patents that can be protected in Algeria.
  • In Algeria, any invention that satisfies the conditions of novelty, inventive step, and industrial applicability, subjects to patentability.
  • The types of patent applications in Algeria include Non-Convention Application, Convention Application, PCT National Phase Application, Divisional Application, and Patent of Addition.
  • Utility Model Protection is not available under the patent law.
  • The time-period for the PCT National Phase Filing is thirty-one (31) months.
  • Opposition against a patent application can't be raised in Algeria.
  • The patent of invention lasts for twenty (20) years in Algeria.
  • The time frame for payment of Annuities before the due date is twelve (12) months.

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

  • Algeria is a member of the Paris Convention.
  • The Algeria Design Law: Law No. 08-03 of 2003 (Design Law: Integrated Circuits) governs and deals with the mechanism of registration of industrial designs.
  • The types of industrial design applications in Algeria include Non-Convention Application and Convention Application. 
  • Utility model protection isn't provided under industrial design protection in Algeria. 
  • Opposition against an industrial design application can't be raised in Algeria. 
  • The total duration of an industrial design registration is ten (10) years from the date of application. The initial term of registration is one (01) year, which is further extendible for a term of nine (09) years upon payment of the renewal fee.
  • There is a grace period of six (06) months to renew an industrial design in Algeria. 

COPYRIGHT

  • Algeria is a signatory to the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works.
  • In Algeria, the Copyright, Ordinance, 19/07/2003 - 1424, No. 03-05 (the Algeria Copyright and Related Rights Law) deals with the mechanism of copyright protection.
  • According to the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works, copyright protection in Algeria is automatic, without any formalities. Protection is granted to every creative work of art irrespective of its type, style, the form of expression, value, or purpose.
  • In particular, literary and artistic works like essays, short stories, poems, paintings, drawings, charts, photographs, to name a few, can obtain copyright protection in Algeria.
  • The standard copyright protection term lasts for the lifetime of the author plus fifty (50) years following his death (except posthumous works). However, the duration of copyright protection varies depending on the type of work.
  • For collective works, anonymous or pseudonymous works, audiovisual works, and posthumous works, the copyright protection term lasts for fifty (50) years from publication or fifty (50) years from creation if the works are unpublished. For photographs or the work of applied art, the copyright protection term lasts for fifty (50) years from creation.