Why and how to register a trademark in Liberia

In order to register a trademark in Liberia, one may either file an application with the Liberia Industrial Property Office (LIPO) under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry or register the trademark regionally through the African Regional Industrial Property Organization (ARIPO).

Liberia is a member of the African Regional Industrial Property Organization (ARIPO) and a party to the Banjul Protocol. Registration through ARIPO grants protection and recognition in the following ten countries: BotswanaLesotho, Liberia, MalawiNamibiaSao Tome and PrincipeSwazilandUgandaTanzania (mainland) and Zimbabwe. For more information please visit our page on trademark services in ARIPO.

If you register a combined trademark (which includes both word elements abd figurative elements) in Liberia, the exclusive right to use the trademark is limited to a use of the trademark in the exact configuration or way in which it was filed and registered. If you wish to use the word element of your trademark separately from the logo (or vice versa), it is recommended you register for another trademark including only the word or figurative elements you wish to use and protect separately.

Although holders of registered trademark in Liberia may not oppose an application for similar trademarks during their registration process, cancellation actions may be presented if the conflicting trademark is to be used in connection to similar goods or services, and this may produce confusion between both trademarks. The probabilities of success for a cancellation actions will vary in each case depending on the circumstances.

Our trademark Assessment Reports do not consider figurative or design elements of a trademark when comparing it to previously filed or registered trademark that have already been registered for this jurisdiction. Similarity searches in this jurisdiction can only be done for the word elements of the trademarks.

Liberia is a member state to the Madrid Protocol. Thus, the extension of an international registration of a trademark via the Madrid System is possible for this country. For further information regarding our services for trademark filing through the Madrid System click here.


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