The Business Registrations and Licensing Agency (BRELA) which is authorised to register Companies, Business names and Intellectual Property Rights in Tanzania announced that it had implemented an Online Filing System to make provision for the electronic filings of Patent and Trade Mark applications.

We however understand that that not all records have been digitised and it is not possible to conduct complete electronic searches of the Register, necessitating checks of physical files as well. Both the electronic searches as well as the manual searches are conducted by Registry Officials.

While trade mark applications that have been filed electronically should be processed more efficiently, applications that were filed before the Online Filing System became operational (4 January) may not receive the same treatment.