Patents, Trademarks & Designs

St Helena Patents

Patent Registration in St Helena

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.

Novelty:

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

Examination:

None

Patent Duration / Renewals:

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

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)

 

Design Patents

Types of Designs:

  • Industrial Designs

Design Filing Requirements:

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

Design Duration / Renewals:

The design will expire when the UK design expires.

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Smit & Van Wyk provides a full range of Intellectual Property legal services in all African countries where 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’ needs for trademarks, designs and patents in Africa.