The Industrial Property Act 2014 (Act No. 7 of 2014), which entered into force on March 1, 2015, repealed the Patents Act (Chapter 156) and the Trade Marks Decree (Chapter 239).
An invention is patentable if it is new, involves an inventive step and is industrially applicable.
An invention, shall be considered new if it is not anticipated by prior art.
For a local application the following information and documentation is required:
It usually takes about 18-24 months for the Registrar of Patents in the Seychelles Intellectual Property Office to process an application for registration.
A trade mark can be registered in the Seychelles pursuant to The Industrial Property Act, 2014 (Act 7 of 2014) which provides for local trade mark applications with effect from the date of application.
The following information and documentation is required:
It usually takes about 8-12 months for the Seychelles Intellectual Property Office to process an application for registration.
Once the registration is complete the Office will issue a Certificate of Registration.
The International Classification system is used. Multi-class applications are not allowed. A separate application is required for each class of goods and/or services.
A trade mark registration is valid for 10 years after which it can be renewed for further periods of seven years.
A layout-design shall be considered original if it is the result of the intellectual effort of its creator and if, at the time of its creation, it is not known among the creators of layout-designs and manufacturers of integrated circuits.
A layout-design, which consists of a combination of elements and interconnections that are common, shall be protected only if the combination, taken as a whole, is original within the meaning above.
The right to layout-design protection shall belong to the creator of the layout-design. Where several persons have jointly created a layout -design, the right shall belong to them jointly.
Applications for the registration of layout-designs shall be in writing and shall be filed with the Registrar and separate applications shall be filed for each layout-design.
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