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Forms part of

Paris Convention
The Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents
Convention establishing World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
Locarno Agreement Establishing an International Classification for Industrial Designs
Lusaka Agreement

Industrial designs (no utility models)

Malawi is a party to the Locarno Union, but under national practice design applications and registrations are not classified

National novelty requirement

Formal examination with possible search by the Registrar.

5 years from filing date which term can be extended twice for consecutive five-year periods.
Maintenance payment every 5 years.

If a registered design is not being used, it may become subject to the grant of compulsory licenses, but no term of non-use prescribed.