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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. In absence of the governing laws, there is no fixed Registration and/or Renewal Term. In practice, a cautionary notice may be published at a regular interval of three (03) years. However, if the proprietor intents to establish the use of mark in Maldives, it is advised to publish the mark every year. The practice is generally applicable and followed for foreign resident companies and nationals.

More information related to the trademark procedures and practices in Maldives may be accessed on the official website of the Ministry of Economic Development, Maldives.

At TRADEMARKMALDIVES, we strive to provide proficient and effective services to our clients catering to their legal needs pertaining to IP rights in the best possible way.