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Algeria Intellectual Property Services

Algeria became an independent Republic in 1962. Algeria is situated on the north coast of Africa, bordered by Tunisia and Libya on the east, Niger on the southeast, Mali on the southwest, and Mauritania and Morocco on the west.

At Adams & Adams, we offer comprehensive Intellectual Property services across the Algerian region, with a particular focus on Trade Mark, Copyright, Design, and Patent protection. Our expert team is dedicated to safeguarding and managing your intellectual property rights in this diverse and strategically positioned nation.


Provision is made for the registration of trade marks for goods and for services, and for collective marks. No express provision is made for defensive marks.


Algeria is a member of the Paris Convention, the Patent Cooperation Treaty and the Patent Law Treaty.

Patent protection is obtainable by way of a national application, in appropriate circumstances claiming convention priority, or by way of an international application under the PCT. Certificates of addition may be obtained for improvements, and divisional patents may be obtained.


Algeria is a member of the Paris Convention. Design protection may be obtained by way of a national filing. Since Algeria is a member of the Paris Convention, priority may be claimed.


Algeria is a member of the Berne Convention and the Rome Convention. The following works, if they are original, qualify for copyright protection, namely intellectual works of a literary or artistic nature, regardless of the underlying purpose of their creation or the manner of expression. These include the following:

  • literary works, including written works (such as novels, poems, research reports, computer software) and oral works (such as lectures, speeches)
  • theatre plays, drama, musical and rhythmic works
  • artistic works
  • musical works
  • cinematographic and audio-visual works
  • works of applied art (such as drawings, paintings, sculpture)
  • drawings, diagrams, geometrical models, architecture
  • charts, maps, drawings related to topography, geography, science
  • photographic works
  • translations and adaptations of original musical, literary or artistic works
  • collections of works, collections of traditional cultural heritage, collections of databases
  • clothing innovations.

Also protected are derivative works namely:

  • translations and adaptations of works
  • collections of works, collections of traditional cultural databases.

Works of traditional cultural heritage also enjoy special protection, including:

  • traditional musical works and songs
  • anecdotes, poems, folklore and dances
  • works of popular arts, such as drawings, sculptures, carvings, pottery
  • handcrafts of metal, wood, basket, textiles, jewellery.

Protection in general does not extend to ideas, concepts, principles, techniques, working procedures. Official documents also do not enjoy copyright, such as administrative laws, regulations, administrative contracts, justice rulings, etc.

Works referred to as State works, which are legally made available to the public, may be used freely subject to maintaining the integrity of the work and acknowledging the source. Such works include works produced by State institutions and public entities of an administrative nature.

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