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Patent Information

International and Regional Arrangements:

  • Paris Convention:  Yes
  • PCT:  Yes (national phase deadline is 31 months from the earliest priority date)
  • ARIPO:  No
  • OAPI:  No

Filing Requirements:

  • Published PCT application or English specification, claims and abstract (required on the day of filing)
  • Power of Attorney, notarised (to be filed within time limit of official invitation)
  • Assignment of Invention and priority rights (to be filed within time limit of official invitation)
  • Certified copy of priority document with English translation, if not filed during the international phase (to be filed within time limit of official invitation)

Novelty:   Absolute novelty is required

Patentability:   Methods of treatment, surgury and diagnosis are not patentable

Excess Fees:   None

Examination:   As to form only

Term of Patent:   20 years from the effective filing date

Renewals:   Renewal fees are payable annually from the first anniversary of the effective filing date

General Information

  • Area: Approximately 450 km2
  • Population: 0.1 million
  • Capital: Victoria on the Island of Mahé
  • Currency: Seychelles Rupee
  • GDP:  $ 1.9 billion (2010)
  • Domain name extension: .sc
  • Languages: French, Creole, English (official languages)
  • Exports: Copra; fish; cinnamon bark; petroleum products (re-exports)
  • Imports:  Manufactured goods; food; petroleum products; tobacco; beverages; machinery and equipment

International / Regional Conventions: 

  • Paris Convention
  • Patent Cooperation Treaty
  • WIPO Convention