Industrial Design

Rwanda

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
Application Date

PROSECUTION

Number of Views Required
4
Power of Attorney (In case of individual applicant, copy of passport is required)
Notarized
Deed of Assignment
Notarized
Priority Document, with required translation
Certified
Incorporation Certificate, with required translation
Notarized
Home / Foreign Registration Certificate, with required translation
Notarized
Declaration of Use
No
Declaration of Ownership
Notarized
Declaration of Nationality
No
Copy of Inventor's Passport
No
Other Documents
Indication of the kind of products for which the design is intented to be used.
Applicability of Examination
Mandatory
Time of Examination
Pre-Publication
Time Frame from the Date of Application
1 -2 Months
Deadline to File the Reply
3 Months
Permissible Extension to File the Reply
No
Period of Permissible Extension
N/A
Time Frame for Issuance of Decision
1 -2 Months
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
No
Time Frame of Publication from Date of Acceptance
N/A
Applicability of Publication
Yes
Time Frame of Publication from Date of Acceptance
1 Month

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
3 Months
Time Frame for Issuance of Certificate
1 -2 Months
Power of Attorney
Notarized
Registration Certificate
Copy
Declaration / Affidavit of USE
N/A

RECORDALS

Recordals are Permissible for pending Application
No
Time Frame for Issuance of Certificate
2 -3 Months
Change of Name / Legal form / Address
Power of Attorney Notarized
Certified copy of extract from Registrar of Companies, with required translation Notarized
Assignment
Power of Attorney Notarized
Deed of Assignment Notarized
Merger
Power of Attorney Notarized
Deed of Merger Notarized
License
Power of Attorney Notarized
License Agreement Notarized