Trade Marks

International Arrangements:

Paris Union, Madrid Union (Agreement and Protocol), TRIPS.

Although Sierra Leone is a member of the Paris Convention there is no provision in the legislation relating to international arrangements. It is not possible, therefore, to claim Convention priority.

In addition, Sierra Leone is a common law country, and in order to give effect to its Madrid obligations, legislation must be passed which recognises those obligations. No such legislation has been passed. Consequently, International registrations are unenforceable in this territory.

Categories of Trade Marks:

There are provisions for the registration of UNITED KINGDOM TRADE MARKS.
There are provisions for the registration of CERTIFICATION MARKS and SERIES MARKS

There are no provisions for the registration of SERVICE MARKS or DEFENSIVE MARKS, (although any DEFENSIVE MARK registered in the United Kingdom is entitled to registration under the special trade mark provisions).

Classification:

The old British Classification of 50 classes applies.
A separate application is required for each class of goods.

Documents required:

A. New Applications

  • Power of Attorney, simply signed.
  • Certified copy of corresponding U.K. registration if goods are of cotton and fall in Classes 23, 24 or 25 or if registration is based on a corresponding U.K. registration.

B. Renewals

  • Power of Attorney, simply signed.
  • Proof of renewal of basic U.K. registration (if applicable).

C. Assignments/Mergers

  • Power of Attorney, simply signed.
  • Deed of Assignment or other instrument of title with verified English translation, or proof of recordal of assignment of basic registration in U.K. (if applicable).

D. Change of Name

  • Power of Attorney, simply signed.
  • Certificate of Change of Name, with verified English translation, or proof of recordal of change of name against basic U.K. registration (if applicable).

E. Change of Address

  • Power of Attorney, simply signed.
  • Proof of recordal of change of address against basic U.K registration (if applicable).

F. Licences/Registered Users

In case of independent trade marks, no provisions exist for the recordal of licences.
In the case of U.K.-based registrations the documents required are as follows:-

  • Powers of Attorney, simply signed, from proprietor and licensee.
  • Proof of recordal of registered user against basic U.K. registration. 

 

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