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Ghana (GH)

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Procedures Applying when this Contracting Party is Designated

Republication

The Office does not republish international registrations or renewals.

Examination Procedure

The Office carries out examination on substantive grounds, including a limited examination as to novelty and an examination as to novelty following opposition by third parties.

Opposition Period

Two months from the date of publication in the International Designs Bulletin (extendable for up to a maximum of two months).

Time Limit for Responding to Refusal

Two months from the date of receipt of the notification (extendable for up to a maximum of two months).

Effect as Grant of Protection

The international registration has the effect as a grant of protection, as of six months after the date of publication in the International Designs Bulletin. If a refusal (partial or total) has been issued and subsequently withdrawn, the international registration has the effect as a grant of protection, as of six months after the date of publication in the International Designs Bulletin.

Representation before the Office

Holders of industrial designs may not file international applications directly before the Office and must be represented by an industrial property agent, or a trademark or patent attorney. The Office maintains a list of IP representatives which may be obtained directly.

Fees payable on division of the international registration

Not applicable.

Last updated on: November 3, 2014

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