Sierra Leone

 

Lysaght offers a complete IP service in this country, assisting clients in the filing, registration, recordal and renewal of their IP rights. For further information and our prices, please e-mail us with your specific enquiry.

 

TRADE MARK INFORMATION  
Classification

Pre-1938 Classification

Single class

Goods and services cannot be registered

Priority Although Sierra Leone is a member of the Paris Convention, it is not currently possible to claim Convention priority because there is no provision in the legislation relating to international arrangements. 
Renewal 14 years from the filing date and every 14 years thereafter
Use provisions

Non-use of a mark for a period of 5 years from registration renders it open to an action for cancellation by third parties.

PATENT INFORMATION  
Types of Patent

Substantive without priority claims

Re-registration of granted UK / EP(UK) patents

Designation in ARIPO patents

PCT national phase or via ARIPO regional designation

Please note that, whilst the Patent Office accepts applications intended as national phase applications pending the introduction of the relevant implementing laws, such applications are not currently processed by the Office.   We would therefore recommend making use of the regional designation of ARIPO (for which, please refer to the ARIPO section on our website)

Priority Although Sierra Leone is a member of the Paris Convention, it is not currently possible to claim Convention priority because there is no provision in the legislation relating to international arrangements. 
Duration

In theory, substantive and PCT national phase applications will be granted for a term of 20 years from their filing date.  

Reregistration patents expire upon expiry of the parent UK/EP(UK) patent upon which they are based

Annuities Annuities are not currently payable in respect of any patent cases in Sierra Leone
DESIGN INFORMATION  
Priority
The law provides that the registered proprietor of any design registered in the U.K. under the Patents and Designs Act, 1907 to 1932 or any act amending or substituting those acts shall enjoy in Sierra Leone the like privileges and rights.
 
Although Sierra Leone is a member of the Paris Convention, it is not currently possible to claim Convention priority because there is no provision in the legislation relating to international arrangements.  Please also note that the current Patent and Industrial Designs Act is still awaiting implementation, and therefore the practical aspects of the legislation are yet to be put in place.  Consequently, design applications cannot currently be prosecuted in Sierra Leone.  Instead, it is possible to publish cautionary notices in order to warn third parties of the rights in an industrial design.
 
See also ARIPO designs
Duration Local design registrations are valid for an initial term of 5 years from the filing date, which is renewable upon payment of the required fees for two further terms of 5 years each. 
Renewals Renewal fees are payable on the 5th and 10th anniversaries of the filing date.  A grace period of six months is available