Despite all the difficulties, Somalia has maintained a healthy informal economy. Hence brand owners will be interested to learn that the trade mark registration procedure has been recently updated. The examination and publication of trade mark registrations are now compulsory in Somalia. Prior to filing an application, a search request is required to ensure that the suggested mark has not been registered by third parties. Should the trade mark be available, the applicant submits his application which is then examined on absolute grounds by the Somali Trade Mark Office. If accepted, the application is published in the Official Gazette with an opposition period of 35 days. Should there be no opposition, the Registrar enters the trade mark in the register and issues a certificate of registration. One hopes that with the increasing number of necessary processes being put in place by the Trade Mark Office, the enforceability of trade marks registered in Somalia will be strengthened.