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Trade Mark Services & Trade Mark Lawyers
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Liberia is a party to the Madrid System for international registration of trade marks, the African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO) and the Paris Convention for Protection of Industrial Property. It is possible to claim priority under the Paris Convention.
Although Liberia is a signatory to the Madrid System it has not amended its national legislation to give effect to the provisions of the Madrid system and it is therefore questionable whether international registrations designating Liberia are enforceable in Liberia.
Liberia follows a multi-class filing system and recognises both goods and services classes in terms of the 10th edition of the Nice Classification.
The total time from filing to registration is approximately 1 month. Trade mark applications are examined for compliance with formal requirements only and are published in the official gazette after acceptance. Trade marks may be opposed within 2 months from the date of publication.
Well-known trade marks in terms of the Paris Convention are recognised in Liberia.
Trade mark registrations are valid for 15 years from the date of filing and may be renewed indefinitely for 15-year periods thereafter.
A registered trade mark may be cancelled on action by an interested party if it has not been used for a continuous period of 3 years after the date of registration.
Customs recordals are possible.