INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS IN SEYCHELLES
First Renewal Term
Subsequent Renewal Term
In Seychelles, the trademark applications must be filed the trademark Registration Division of the Department of Legal Affairs of Seychelles.
Multi-class trademark applications are not acceptable; therefore a separate application has to be filed for each class.
The third parties can file opposition actions against a trademark application within (02) months following its publication in the Official Trademark Gazette.
In Seychelles, the registered trademarks have a validity of ten (10) years from the date of application, which can be further renewed indefinitely for periods of seven (07) years.
Seychelles is a member of the Paris Convention and Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT).
The INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY ACT, 2014, deals with the mechanism of patent protection.
Process Patent and Product Patent are the two types of patents that can be protected in Seychelles.
In Seychelles, any invention that satisfies the conditions of novelty, inventive step, and industrial applicability, subjects to patentability.
The types of patent applications in Seychelles include Non-Convention Application, Convention Application, and PCT National Phase Application.
Utility Model Protection is not available under the patent law.
The time-period for the PCT National Phase Filing is thirty-one (31) months.
Opposition against a patent application can't be raised in Seychelles.
The patent of invention lasts for twenty (20) years in Seychelles.
The time frame for payment of Annuities before the due date is six (06) months.
Seychelles is a member of the Paris Convention.
The Industrial Property Act 2014 in Seychelles deals with the mechanism of registration of industrial designs.
The types of industrial design applications in Seychelles include Non-Convention Application and Convention Application.
Utility model protection isn't provided under industrial design protection in Seychelles.
Opposition against an industrial design application can't be raised in Seychelles.
The total duration of an industrial design registration is fifteen (15) years from the date of application. The initial term of registration is five (05) years, which is further extendible for two terms of (05) five years each upon payment of the renewal fee.
There is a grace period of six (06) months to renew an industrial design in Seychelles.
Seychelles is not a signatory to the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works.
The Copyright Act, 2014deals with the mechanism of copyright protection in Seychelles.
The standard copyright protection term lasts for the lifetime of the author plus fifty (50) years following his death. However, the duration of copyright protection varies depending on the type of work.
For audio-visual, the term of copyright protection lasts for fifty (50) years from publication. For works of applied art, the copyright protection term lasts for twenty-five (25) years from creation.