In Maldives, The Ministry of Economic Development (MED) oversees all activities and matters related to trade and the economy including the registration of different types of businesses, investments, companies and intellectual properties among other trade related entities.
At present, local resident companies and nationals can secure registration of their trademarks by filing an application before the Ministry of Economic Development, Maldives. But, prior to obtaining the trademark registration, it is a mandatory for the resident companies and nationals to obtain business name registration.
At present, there is no specific law governing the protection of Trademarks in Maldives. Thus, protection of trademarks is only acquired by way of common law, i.e. by publishing a cautionary notice in local newspapers in both English and Dhivehi language.