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Maldives Trademark Registration Costs and Procedures (2017)

Maldives Trademark Registration Costs and Registration Procedures

There is no trademark law in Maldives. Trademark protection is acquired by publishing Cautionary Notice in the leading newspaper. There is no provision for renewal of the mark in Maldives. However, the common practice in Maldives is to publish a trademark Cautionary Notice every 5 years.

1. Maldives Trademark Registration Fees
Fees (USD)
Step 1: Pre-filing Search
First class 360
Each additional class 345
(1) Pre-filing search is not compulsory in Maldives.
(2) Pre-filing search is limited to the Ministry of Economic Development (MED)ís database only.
(3) Pre-filing search report is delivered in 15 working days by email.
Step 2: Trademark Registration Request
First class 1,055
Each additional class 710
(1) Fees cover both our service fees and official filing fees.
(2) Fees for trademark registration request listed above cover no more than 20 items of products or services in each class. Each item in excess of 20 will be charged with an extra fee of USD10.
Step 3: Final Registration/Certificate
Each application 200
(1) The fixed fees quoted above apply only to trademark applications which are unopposed and proceed without complication.
(2) All fees quoted above do not include delivery fees.

2. Calculation of Registration Costs

Example 1: One mark one class
If you want to have your trademark "ABC" registered in Class 25 (clothing, footwear, headgear), that is, one mark one class, the total fees for trademark pre-filing search, publication of Cautionary Notice and certificate are:

Pre-filing search: USD360
Request for publication: USD1,055
Final registration/Certificate: USD200

Example 2: One mark two classes
If you want to have your trademark "ABC" registered in Class 25 (clothing, footwear, headgear) and Class 26 (lace and embroidery, ribbons and braid; buttons, hooks and eyes, pins and needles; artificial flowers), that is, one mark two classes, the total fees for trademark pre-filing search, publication of Cautionary Notice and certificate are:

Pre-filing search: 360 + 345 = USD705
Request for publication: 1,055 + 710 = USD1,765
Final registration/Certificate: USD200

Example 3: Two marks one class
If you want to have your trademarks "ABC" and "DEF" registered in Class 25 (clothing, footwear, headgear), that is, two marks one class, the total fees for trademark pre-filing searches, publication of Cautionary Notice and certificates are:

Pre-filing searches: 360 + 360 = USD720
Request for publications: 1,055 + 1,055 = USD2,110
Final registrations/Certificates: 200 + 200 = USD400

The costs illustrated in the examples above are based on the assumption of a smooth application, that is, no objection being raised by the MED or any other third party. Also, the costs stated above exclude courier charges for delivery of Certificate of Registration upon acceptance of registration.

It is further assumed that the number of items of products included in each class is no more than 20. Each additional item after the first 20 is charged at a fee of USD10.

3. Materials Required for Filing of Trademark Application in Maldives
(1) A duly completed trademark search/registration order form (to be provided by Kaizen).

A soft copy of the trademark in JPEG format.


A copy of identity proof of the applicant (passport for individuals and Business Registration Certificate/Certificate of Incorporation for companies).

4. Maldives Trademark Application Procedures
(1) Kaizen acknowledges the information including the specimens of mark, its goods/services and registration details, then provides the latest quotation, preliminary advice and classifies your goods/services;
(2) After the quotation has been confirmed, client will be required to complete our Trademark Search/ Registration Order Form and send it back to Kaizen by email, fax or post;
(3) Once receipt of the payment for pre-filing search, Kaizen will conduct the pre-filing search (if requested). The search report will be sent to client within 15 working days (based on the duration of the official search);
(4) Client could refer to our analysis and suggestion in the search report and decide whether to file the application. Kaizen will file trademark application to the MED upon receipt of your payment and instruction;
(5) The MED will check to see whether all the information is in order. If it is in order, an invoice slip for payment will be issued.
(6) Upon receipt of the payment, a registration certificate stamped with Ministry seal and revenue stamp will be issued by the MED. We will review and send the certificate to you.

5. Time scale

Currently it takes around 1 - 2 days to get a trademark registered in Maldives in a smooth case.

6. Payment Term and Payment Method

Our fees for each stage of an application are to be invoiced and settled before the commencement of each stage of service. If a China or Taiwan Value-Added Tax invoice is required, 7% or 5% additional charge will be incurred.

We currently accept cheque, cash, TT and credit card through Paypal (5% additional charge will incur for paypal). Please click here for payment methods.

7. Refund Policy

No refund of fees will be made after the commencement of services. For example, if we have conducted a pre-filing search and found an identical mark is already in the register, the application will not be proceeded, the fees for pre-filing search will not be refunded. If we have already filed an application and the application is objected by the MED or any other party or refused, there will not be any refunded of fees.

In case you have paid our fees for all three stages of an application and the search result indicates that an identical mark is already in the register, the application will not be proceeded. The fees for services not performed, i.e., filing for application and issuing of certificate of registration will be refunded, after deducting bank wiring charge.
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