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Industrial Design registration in Sri Lanka

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  • Design fees

Fees associated with filing industrial design applications in Sri Lanka, as well as other design fees, are available in the fee calculator.

  • The term for filing the design application in Sri Lanka

The industrial design application in Sri Lanka should be filed within six months from the priority date. The restoration of this term is not possible.

  • Minimum of filing documents in Sri Lanka

To obtain a filing date it is necessary to provide the National Intellectual Property Office of Sri Lanka with:
- request to register an industrial design;
- applicant's details;
- drawings of the design;
- an indication of products for which the industrial design is to be used and an indication of the class or classes in which such products are included;
- a declaration by the applicant that the industrial design is new to the best of his knowledge;
- filing fee.

  • Multiple design application

Multiple design applications are not possible in Sri Lanka.

  • Validity term

The total validity term of industrial design protection in Sri Lanka is 15 years.

  • Power of Attorney requirements

Simply signed and stamped Power of Attorney must be provided within three months from filing the industrial design application in Sri Lanka.

  • Assignment Deed

If the applicant is not the designer, the application must be accompanied by the document justifying applicant’s right to obtain a registration.

  • Priority document

The certified copy of the priority document must be submitted within three months from the date of filing.

  • Examination of a design application in Sri Lanka

The industrial design patent in Sri Lanka is issued based on the results of the formal examination.

  • Grace period

There is no provision regarding the novelty grace period for design applications stipulated in the Sri Lankan legislation.

  • Grant and patent maintenance

The official grant fee is not stipulated. For obtainment of the total term of protection, the patent on industrial design shall be renewed every five years before six months from the expiration of 5-year term. Late payment may be effected within a grace period of six months alongside a corresponding surcharge.

  • Representation by a patent attorney

For foreign applicants, it is necessary to perform the Sri Lankan industrial design prosecution through an agent, a registered trademark attorney in Sri Lanka.

  • What can be registered

Any composition of lines or colours of any three-dimensional forms whether or not associated with lines or colours that gives a special appearance to a product of industry or handicraft and that is capable of serving as a pattern for a product of industry or handicraft is registrable as an industrial design in Sri Lanka.

The information was verified on 28.01.2019
Please contact us if the above information contains any discrepancies with Sri Lankan IP Laws.

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