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St Helena Patents

Patent & Deisgn Protection

St Helena Patents have a duration for as long as the UK patent is in force. No renewal fees are payable. St Helena is a member of the Paris Convention (International treaty for the protection of Industrial Property) and the PCT (Patent Cooperation Treaty).

Types of Patents:

  • Registration of a granted UK or European (validated in the UK) patent.

Filing Requirements:

Only patents based on UK or European (validated in the UK) registrations can be registered in St Helena.

  • Simply signed Power of Attorney (required upon filing)
  • 2 copies of the UK or European (validated in the UK) patent (required upon filing)

Novelty:

Applications must be lodged within 3 years of grant of the UK or European (validated in the UK) patent. 

Examination:

None

Duration/Renewals:

The patent has a duration for as long as the UK patent is in force. No renewal fees are payable.

International and Regional Systems:

  • None

Types of Designs:

  • Industrial Designs

Filing Requirements:

A UK design will automatically extend to St Helena without re-registration.

Duration/Renewals:

The design will expire when the UK design expires.

International and Regional Systems:

  • None
Africa | Intellectual Property

African Territories

Smit & Van Wyk provides a full range of IP legal services in all African countries where Intellectual Property protection is available. We can provide information on the filing requirements in each of the African countries and can also offer information on the various regional IP organisations such as ARIPO, OAPI and the Madrid protocol. We work with a network of trusted and knowledgeable agents to develop the best possible solution to each of our clients’ IP needs in Africa.