Industrial Design

Organisation Africaine de la Propriete Intellectuelle

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
No
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
Application Date

PROSECUTION

Number of Views Required
6
Power of Attorney (In case of individual applicant, copy of passport is required)
Signed
Deed of Assignment
Notarized
Priority Document, with required translation
Certified
Incorporation Certificate, with required translation
Signed
Home / Foreign Registration Certificate, with required translation
Copy
Declaration of Use
No
Declaration of Ownership
No
Declaration of Nationality
Signed
Copy of Inventor's Passport
No
Other Documents
No
Applicability of Examination
Mandatory
Time of Examination
Pre-Publication
Time Frame from the Date of Application
N/A
Deadline to File the Reply
Yes
Permissible Extension to File the Reply
Yes
Period of Permissible Extension
Yes
Time Frame for Issuance of Decision
N/A
Applicability of Examination
Mandatory
Time of Examination
Pre-Publication
Time Frame from the Date of Application
N/A
Deadline to File the Reply
3 Months
Permissible Extension to File the Reply
Yes
Period of Permissible Extension
1 Month
Time Frame for Issuance of Decision
N/A
Applicability of Publication
No
Time Frame of Publication from Date of Acceptance
N/A
Applicability of Publication
Yes
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
5th Year
Subsequent Renewal will be due in the year
10th Year
Grace Period
6 Months
Time Frame for payment of Renewal before Due Date
12 Months
Time Frame for Issuance of Certificate
Not specified
Power of Attorney
Signed
Registration Certificate
Copy
Declaration / Affidavit of USE
Signed

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 Signed
Certified copy of extract from Registrar of Companies, with required translation Notarized
Assignment
Power of Attorney Signed
Deed of Assignment Notarized
Merger
Power of Attorney Signed
Deed of Merger Notarized
License
Power of Attorney Signed
License Agreement Notarized