Registered Designs

Membership of International Conventions:

  • Paris Union (from 17 June 1997)
  • WIPO (from 18 May 1986)
  • ARIPO (from 25 February 1999)

Types of Designs available:

  • Industrial Designs

Novelty requirements:

There are no novelty provisions provided for in the Sierra Leone Industrial Designs Law.


"Industrial design" means any composition of lines or colours or any three dimensional material, whether or not associated with lines or colours, provided that such a composition, form or material gives a special appearance to a product of industry or handicraft, can serve as a pattern for a product of industry or handicraft and appeals to and is judged by the eye.

Two or more industrial designs may be the subject of the same application, provided they relate to the same class of the international classification or to the same set or composition of articles.

The Applicant may, up to the time when the application is in order for registration, divide the application into two or more applications.

The following are excluded from design registration:

  • designs which serve solely to obtain a technical result and to the extent that it leaves no freedom as regards arbitrary features of appearance;
  • designs that consists solely in a change in the colour of designs already known;
  • works of sculpture, architecture, painting, engraving, animating, embroidery and photography and any other inventions of purely artistic nature; or
  • designs contrary to public order or morality.

Filing Requirements:

  • Power of Attorney (can be late filed)
  • Drawings or photographs or other adequate graphic representations of the article embodying the industrial design (required on the day of filing)
  • An indication of the kinds of products for which the industrial design is to be used
  • A specimen of the article embodying the industrial design, where the industrial design is two-dimensional
  • Certified copy of priority document, if priority claimed (can be late filed within three months from filing)
  • Verified Translation of Priority Document if not in English (can be late filed within three months from filing)
  • Assignment (can be late filed)

Deferred Publication:


Substantive Examination:


Duration and Renewal:

Design registration is valid for an initial term of five years from the filing date, which is renewable upon payment of the required fees for two further terms of five years each. A grace period of six months is provided for the payment of the renewal fee after the deadline.

ARIPO design in which Sierra Leone is designated:

Please see aripo designs memorandum

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