On 28th September 1999, Sierra Leone acceded to the Madrid Protocol concerning the International Registration of Trade Marks, and therefore the Protocol entered into force with respect to Sierra Leone on 28th December 1999. Sierra Leone had previously adopted the Madrid Agreement.

At present the Sierra Leone Trade Marks Act allows only for the registration of goods in accordance with the pre-1938 U.K. Classification system (Schedule III). However, the enabling legislation is being intensively worked on to bring in changes to include the adoption of the International Classification for both goods and services and it is hoped that this will come into force during the early part of 2000. All our clients will be informed as soon as there is anything further to report.