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Patent Information

International and Regional Arrangements:

  • Paris Convention:  Yes
  • PCT:  Yes (national phase deadline is 30 months from the priority date)
  • ARIPO:  Yes (see ARIPO requirements for designating Liberia in an ARIPO application)
  • OAPI:  No

Filing Requirements:

  • Published PCT application or English specification, claims and abstract (required on the day of filing)
  • International Search Report (required on day of filing)
  • International Preliminary Examination Report on Patentability (required on day of filing, if available)
  • Combined Petition and Power of Attorney, legalised by Apostille (can be filed within 2 months)
  • Oath, signed by inventors and legalised by Apostille (can be filed within 2 months)
  • Certified priority document with verified English translation if not in English (can be filed within 6 months)

Novelty:   Absolute novelty is required

Patentability:   Methods of medical treatment, surgery and diagnosis are not patentable

Excess Fees:   None

Examination:   As to form only

Term of Patent:   20 years from the effective filing date

Renewals:   Payable annually in advance from the first anniversary of the effective filing date

General Information

  • Area: Approximately 111 400 km2
  • Population: 3.7 million
  • Capital: Monrovia
  • Currency: Liberian Dollar
  • GDP:  $ 1.76 billion (2010)
  • Domain name extension: .lr
  • Languages: English (official language)
  • Exports: Iron ore; diamonds; natural rubber; coffee; timber
  • Imports: Fuel; chemicals; machinery; transportation equipment; manufactured goods; rice and other foodstuffs

International / Regional Conventions:

  • Banjul Protocol (of ARIPO)
  • Berne Convention
  • Madrid Agreement  on Marks
  • Madrid Protocol on Marks
  • Paris Convention
  • Patent Cooperation Treaty
  • WIPO Convention