Industrial Design

Malawi

BASIC FACTS

Registrable Designs as per the Act
Followings are the Registrable Subject Matter for Industrial Design Protection: 1. An arrangement of colours or lines which gives a distinctive appearance to an industrial or handicraft object.
Designs not Registrable
Industrial Design Protection excludes the following: 1. Designs the use of which may undermine public order or offend public morality.
Non-convention Application
Yes
Convention Application
Yes
Utility Model Protection is provided under Industrial Design
No
Type of Application
N/A
Requirement for Novelty
N/A
Time Period
15 Years
Effective Date
Registration Date

PROSECUTION

Number of Views Required
2 (minimum)
Power of Attorney (In case of individual applicant, copy of passport is required)
Signed
Deed of Assignment
Original or Certified Copy
Priority Document, with required translation
Certified
Incorporation Certificate, with required translation
No
Home / Foreign Registration Certificate, with required translation
No
Declaration of Use
No
Declaration of Ownership
Signed
Declaration of Nationality
Signed
Copy of Inventor's Passport
No
Other Documents
No
Applicability of Examination
Mandatory
Time of Examination
There is No Publication but register is open to public inspection
Time Frame from the Date of Application
NA
Deadline to File the Reply
NA
Permissible Extension to File the Reply
No
Period of Permissible Extension
NA
Time Frame for Issuance of Decision
NA
Applicability of Examination
N/A
Time of Examination
N/A
Time Frame from the Date of Application
N/A
Deadline to File the Reply
N/A
Permissible Extension to File the Reply
N/A
Period of Permissible Extension
N/A
Time Frame for Issuance of Decision
N/A
Applicability of Publication
N/A
Time Frame of Publication from Date of Acceptance
N/A
Applicability of Publication
N/A
Time Frame of Publication from Date of Acceptance
N/A

OPPOSITION

Opposition Period
N/A
Permissible Extension to File the Reply
N/A
Period of Permissible Extension
N/A
Time Frame for Issuance of Decision
N/A

RENEWAL

First Renewal will be due in the year
N/A
Subsequent Renewal will be due in the year
N/A
Grace Period
N/A
Time Frame for payment of Renewal before Due Date
N/A
Time Frame for Issuance of Certificate
N/A
Power of Attorney
N/A
Registration Certificate
N/A
Declaration / Affidavit of USE
N/A

RECORDALS

Recordals are Permissible for pending Application
Yes
Time Frame for Issuance of Certificate
N/A
Change of Name / Legal form / Address
Power of Attorney N/A
Certified copy of extract from Registrar of Companies, with required translation N/A
Assignment
Power of Attorney Signed
Deed of Assignment Original or Certified copy
Merger
Power of Attorney N/A
Deed of Merger N/A
License
Power of Attorney Signed
License Agreement Original or Certified copy