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Liberia
Information on the filing of Patents, Designs and trademarks in Liberia

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PATENT REGISTRATIONS

Patent protection is obtainable via a national filing. Liberia is a member of the International Convention, ARIPO and of the PCT.

The requirements for filing a non-PCT application in Liberia are as follows:

(a) Declaration and Power of Attorney (notarized and legalized up to Liberian Consular level);
(b) Deed of Assignment if the inventor(s) is/are not the applicant(s) (notarized and legalized up to Liberian Consular level);
(c) A copy of the specification (including claims, drawings, and abstract) in English; and
(d) A certified copy of the priority application and, if necessary, a certified translation into English thereof.

Please note that the documents listed under item (c) are required on the day of filing. Items (a), (b), and (c) can be late lodged subsequent to the filing date. However, for a surcharge of about US$ 250.00 we are able to have your instructional letter legalized with the Justice of Peace in Liberia which shall be accepted into evidence by the Registrar in lieu of items (a) and (b).

The requirements for filing a PCT application in Liberia are as follows:

(i) International application number, international filing date and priority date;
(ii) Full name(s) and address(es) of the applicant(s), and full name(s) of the inventor(s);
(iii) Declaration and Power of Attorney (notarized and legalized up to Liberian Consular level); and
(iv) Deed of Assignment if the inventor(s) is/are not the applicant(s) (notarized and legalized up to Liberian Consular level).

Items (i) and (ii) are required at filing. Items (iii) and (iv) can be filed subsequent to the entry into the national phase. However, for a surcharge of about US$ 250.00 we are able to have your instructional letter legalized with the Justice of Peace in Liberia which shall be accepted into evidence by the Registrar in lieu of items (iii) and (iv).

The following additional requirements may also be applicable if requested by the Registrar:

(v) If the international application is not in English, a translation into English is required together with a translation of any claim amendments and of any annexes to the International Preliminary Examination Report in English;
(vi) If a certified priority document was not filed in the international phase of the application, it must be filed and, if not in English, a verified translation thereof is required; and
(vii) Copies of the International Advertisement, the International Search Report, the International Preliminary Examination Report, and the Chapter II Demand.

Our cost estimate for filing a patent application in Liberia is between about US$ 2600.00 and US$ 2800.00 (excluding translation charges, if required). To this must be added charges for attending to the payment of any outstanding annual renewal fees (due retrospectively from the first anniversary of the international filing date, where applicable) at a cost of about US$ 600.00 per year.

 

TRADEMARK REGISTRATIONS

1. Filing requirements

1.1 Full name, street address and description of the applicant (including trading style, if any, and state/country of incorporation, if incorporated).
1.2 List of goods and/or services.
1.3 A simply signed power of attorney, however, very rarely, a legalised power of attorney is requested by the Registrar
1.4 Clear print of the mark

2. Classification

2.1 The 45 classes of the International Classification (Nice Agreement) are followed.

3. General

3.1 Duration : 15 years from filing date and renewal for further periods of 15 years.
3.2 Use : Compulsory, within 2 years from registration.
3.3 Marking : Optional.
3.4 Licenses : Recordal of licenses are compulsory.
3.5 Assignments of applications are permitted.
3.6 Searches available within approximately 5-10 working days from instruction and are conducted manually on an in-house register

4. Costs (US$)

4.1a Application: First trade mark $1220, additional marks filed simultaneously $1100 each.
4.1b Claiming priority: $70
4.2 Assignment: First trade mark $640, additional trade marks filed simultaneously $415 each.
4.3 Change of name or address: First trade mark $310, additional trade marks filed simultaneously $170 each.
4.4 Licenses: First trade mark $600, additional trade marks filed simultaneously $360 each
4.5 Renewal: First mark $950, additional marks renewed simultaneously $820 each
4.6 Searches: 1 trade mark $395; additional marks $295 each

*** Above quotations exclude courier charges ***