This is to advise that the Algerian Trademark Office, Institut National Algerian De La Propriete Industrielle (INAPI) has started to require a proof of use of the mark during the last year before expiration of the mark as a condition for accepting the renewal. This recent requirement is based on the new Trademark Law issue in 19 June 2003, published on August 2005, which states that renewal application must accompany all means, instruments and proofs of use to give evidence that the mark has been in use in Algeria during the exceeding year of renewal date.
In spite of the face that Law was issued during 2003 and publication date is 7 August 2008, the INAPI has started to ask for the said documents as of the January 2006.
The INAPI did not yet specify what proofs or documents are needed to support the renewal application. After several negotiations with INAP, a simply signed Declaration of Use printed on the letterheads of the applicant company will be one of the most acceptable instruments (document).