On 25 July 2014, the Trademarks (Amendment) Act, 876 of 2014, came into force. As a result, the Madrid Protocol has been officially incorporated into Ghanaian law and it is considered that International (Madrid) Trade Mark Registrations are effective in Ghana.
Trademark registration classification:
- Full name, street address.
- Description of the applicant (including trading style, if any, and state/country of incorporation, if incorporated).
- List of goods and/or services.
- A simply signed power of attorney.
- Clear prints of the device mark.
- A trademark application has to be filed before the Trademarks Registry by a local agent.
- After filing the trademark application, an examining Assistant Registrar at the Trademark Registry will review the trademark application for completeness, compliance with the Trademark Law and procedure and evaluate whether the trademark is qualified for registration.
- If the Assistant Registrar determines that the trademark is entitled to registration, the trademark will be published for opposition by third parties in the Trademarks Journal.
- It takes between 18-24 months to process a trademark certificate.