HOW TO REGISTER A TRADE MARK
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1. The requirements for filing applications in Liberia are as follows:
- Full name, street address and description of the applicant (including trading style, if any, and state/country of incorporation, if incorporated).
- List of goods and/ or services.
- A simply signed power of attorney, however, very rarely, a legalised power of attorney is requested by the Registrar.
- Clear print of mark.
- The 45 classes of the International Classification (Nice Agreement) are followed.
- Multi-class -Yes.
- Duration: Before 2003, 15 years from filing date and renewal for further periods of 15 years, after 2003 reduce to 10 years from filing and 10 year renewal periods.
- Use: Compulsory, within 2 years from registration.
- Marking: Optional.
- Licenses: Recordal of Licenses are compulsory.
- Assignments of applications are permitted.
- Searches available within approximately 5-10 working days from instruction and are conducted manually on an in-house register.
4. Costs USD
- a) Application: First trade mark $1220.00, additional mark filed simultaneously $1100.00 each.
b) Claiming priority: $70.00
- Assignment: First trade mark $640.00, additional trade marks filed simultaneously $415.00 each.
- Change of name or address: First trade mark $310.00, additional trade marks filed simultaneously $170.00 each.
- Licences: First trade mark $600.00, additional trade marks filed simultaneously $360.00 each.
- Renewal: First mark $950.00, additional marks renewed simultaneously $820.00 each.
- Search: 1 trade mark $395,00; additional marks $295,00 each.
* Please note that the application fee covers the filing costs and normal prosecution of the application only. Additional costs could well arise upon examination of the application which are difficult to estimate as it would depend on the various requirements raised by the Registrar i.e. disclaimers, admissions etc. and advertisement.
** Above quotations exclude courier charges.
HOW TO REGISTER A PATENT OR DESIGN
In our experience, it is better to file an ARIPO regional application designating at least Liberia rather than a national application directly in Liberia. The main reason for our opinion is that ARIPO is run by WIPO and, accordingly, operates much more efficiently than the Liberian Patent and Design Offices. Furthermore, the cost of filing an ARIPO application designating only Liberia is about the same as the cost of filing a national application directly in Liberia. A further benefit of the ARIPO route is that it is possible to designate other ARIPO member countries by paying additional designation fees at a relatively nominal surcharge.
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