Membership of International Conventions:
- Paris Union (from 27 August 1994)
- WIPO (from 8 March 1989)
- ARIPO (from 24 March 2010)
Types of Designs available:
- Industrial Designs
An Industrial design is protected and registrable if it is independently created new or original. An industrial design shall not be regarded as new if it does not significantly differ from designs disclosed to the public anywhere in the world, by publication, exhibition, use in trade or in any other way, prior to the filing date or, where applicable, the priority date of the application for registration.
An industrial design applied to or embodied in a product that is a component part of a complex product shall only be considered to be new if the component part remains visible during the normal use of the complex product. To this effect “normal use” means use by the end user and do not include maintenance, servicing or repair works in relation to the product.
For the purposes of determining novelty, disclosure to the public of an industrial design shall not be taken into consideration if it occurred within twelve months preceding the filing date or, where applicable, the priority date of the application, and if it was by reason or in consequence of an abuse committed by a third party with regard to the applicant or his predecessor in title, or by reason of any act committed by the applicant or his predecessor in title, other than the filing of an application to register or otherwise obtain legal protection for the industrial design with an industrial property authority.
"Industrial designs" means a useful article which is ornamental (attractive) or aesthetic (visual/artistic). It may consist of three-dimensional features such as the shape or surface of the article, or two-dimensional features such as patterns, lines or color.
The application may contain up to one hundred industrial designs provided they all refer to products that belong to the same class of the International Classification.
Designs shall not be granted to a design the features of which are dictated solely by technical or functional considerations.
An industrial design shall not be registered if it is determined that its commercial exploitation would be contrary to public order or morality.
- Power of Attorney (can be late filed).
- Drawings, photographs or other adequate graphic representations of the industrial design (required on the day of filing).
- An indication of the kind of products for which the industrial design is to be used.
- Classification in terms of the Locarno Agreement.
- Certified copy of priority document, if priority claimed, with verified English translation (can be late filed within three months from filing).
- Assignment (can be late filed).
The applicantion may contain a request that the publication of the industrial design be deferred for a specified period not exceeding 30 months from the date of filing or, if priority is claimed, from the date of priority, of the application.
Duration and Renewal:
Design registration is valid for an initial term of ten years from the filing date, which is renewable upon payment of the required fees for a further period of ten years. A grace period of six months is provided for late payment of renewal fees.
ARIPO design in which Liberia is designated:
Please see our ARIPO Designs memorandum.