Namibia is a party to the Madrid System for international registration of trade marks, the African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO) and the Paris Convention for Protection of Industrial Property. It is possible to claim priority under the Paris Convention.
Namibia follows a multi-class filing system in terms of the 11th Edition of the Nice Classification.
The total time from filing to registration is approximately 18 months. Trade mark applications are examined for compliance with formal requirements only and are published in the official gazette after acceptance. Trade marks may be opposed within 60 days from the date of publication.