Industrial Design

Sierra Leone

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
Yes
Type of Application
Convention Application and Non-Convention Application
Requirement for Novelty
"novelty" does not apply in the case of an invention for which a utility model certificate is requested (section 36(2) of the Act)
Time Period
15 Years
Effective Date
Application 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
Signed
Priority Document, with required translation
Copy
Incorporation Certificate, with required translation
Signed
Home / Foreign Registration Certificate, with required translation
Copy
Declaration of Use
No
Declaration of Ownership
Signed
Declaration of Nationality
No
Copy of Inventor's Passport
No
Other Documents
Specimen of the article embodying the industrial design.
Applicability of Examination
Mandatory
Time of Examination
Pre-Publication
Time Frame from the Date of Application
Pending regulations pursuant to section 77 of the Act
Deadline to File the Reply
Pending regulations pursuant to section 77 of the Act
Permissible Extension to File the Reply
Pending regulations pursuant to section 77 of the Act
Period of Permissible Extension
Pending regulations pursuant to section 77 of the Act
Time Frame for Issuance of Decision
Pending regulations pursuant to section 77 of the Act
Applicability of Examination
Mandatory
Time of Examination
Pre-Publication
Time Frame from the Date of Application
Pending regulations pursuant to section 77 of the Act
Deadline to File the Reply
Pending regulations pursuant to section 77 of the Act
Permissible Extension to File the Reply
No
Period of Permissible Extension
Pending regulations pursuant to section 77 of the Act
Time Frame for Issuance of Decision
Pending regulations pursuant to section 77 of the Act
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
Pending regulations pursuant to section 77 of the Act

OPPOSITION

Opposition Period
Pending regulations pursuant to section 77 of the Act
Permissible Extension to File the Reply
Pending regulations pursuant to section 77 of the Act
Period of Permissible Extension
Pending regulations pursuant to section 77 of the Act
Time Frame for Issuance of Decision
Pending regulations pursuant to section 77 of the Act

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
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 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 N/A
Deed of Merger N/A
License
Power of Attorney Signed
License Agreement Notarized