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SC - Seychelles
Registration Division, Department of Legal Affairs (Seychelles)

Useful information

The PCT Applicant’s Guide is updated almost every week with information received by the International Bureau.
In case of question, please contact the Office or the International Bureau (pct.guide@wipo.int).
List of abbreviations used in this document:
Office: Registration Division, Department of Legal Affairs (Seychelles)
PA: Patents Act (Chapter 156)
List of currencies used in this document:
SCR (Seychelles Rupee), USD (US dollar)
Countries and Offices information:
The list of acronyms used for Offices is no longer shown as it has been integrated in the mouseover functionality for each ST.3 code shown in this document.
Refer to List of WIPO Standards, Recommendations and Guidelines formerly Annex K, List of country names and two-letter codes. It includes a list of short names and two-letter codes accepted for use in indicating States, other entities and intergovernmental organizations and their Offices in documents relating to international applications under the PCT. The list is as set out in WIPO Standard ST.3.
Also refer to PCT Contracting States formerly Annex A.
Office profile
For more technical information about the Office, refer to ePCT Office profile.
PCT Reservations, Declarations, Notifications and Incompatibilities
The Office does not have any reservations, declarations, notifications or incompatibilities.
Refer to the full list.
Office Closed dates
The Office is closed weekly on Saturday and Sunday
Additional closed dates can be consulted on the Office Closed dates page

International Phase

Annex B - Information on Contracting States or Intergovernmental Organization

Contracting State:
Seychelles
Two-letter code:
SC
Seychelles - Registration Division, Department of Legal Affairs (Seychelles)
Name of Office:
Registration Division, Department of Legal Affairs (Seychelles)
Location:
1st Floor
Independence House
Victoria
Mahé
Seychelles
Mailing address:
P.O. Box 142
Mahé
Seychelles
Telephone:
(248) 22 49 04
E-mail:
regdiv@registry.gov.sc
Website:
None
Facsimile:
(248) 22 57 64
Does the Office accept the filing of documents by facsimile or the like means (PCT Rule 92.4)?
Yes, by facsimile
Which kinds of documents may be so transmitted?
All kinds of documents
Must the original of the document be furnished in all cases?
Yes, within one month from the date of the transmission
Would the Office accept evidence of mailing a document, in case of loss or delay, where a delivery service other than the postal authorities is used (PCT Rule 82.1)?
Yes
Is the Office prepared to allow applicants to make applications available to the WIPO Digital Access Service for Priority Documents (DAS) (PCT Rule 17.1(b-bis)?
No
Competent receiving Office(s) for international applications filed by nationals or residents of this State:
AP
African Regional Intellectual Property Organization - African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO)
IB
International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) - International Bureau of WIPO
SC
Seychelles - Registration Division, Department of Legal Affairs (Seychelles)
Does national legislation restrict the filing of international applications with foreign Offices?
Refer to the Office
Competent designated (or elected) Office(s) for this State:
National protection: SC
ARIPO protection: AP
Types of protection available via the PCT:
National:
Patents
ARIPO:
Patents
Utility models (a utility model may be sought instead of or in addition to an ARIPO patent)
Availability under the national law for an international-type search (PCT Article 15):
None
Provisional protection after international publication:
None
Information of interest if this Contracting State is designated (or elected)
Time when the name and address of the inventor must be given:
Must be in the request. If the data concerning the inventor are missing at the expiration of the time limit under PCT Article 22 or 39(1), the Office will invite the applicant to comply with the requirement within a time limit of two months from the date of the invitation.
Are there special provisions concerning the deposit of microorganisms and other biological material?
No

Annex C - Receiving Office

Competent receiving Office for nationals and residents of:
Seychelles
Language in which international applications may be filed:
English
Language in which the request may be filed:
English
Number of copies required by the receiving Office if application filed on paper:
3
Does the receiving Office accept the filing of international applications in electronic form?
Information not yet available
Does the receiving Office accept requests for restoration of the right of priority (PCT Rule 26bis.3)?
Yes, please refer to the Office for the applicable criteria and/or any fee payable for such requests
Competent International Searching Authority:
EP
European Patent Organisation - European Patent Office (EPO)
Competent International Preliminary Examining Authority:
EP
European Patent Organisation - European Patent Office (EPO)
Fees payable to the receiving Office:
Transmittal fee:
Please refer to the Office
International filing fee:
1,435 USD
This fee is reduced by 90% if certain conditions apply (refer to Annex C(IB)).
Fee per sheet in excess of 30:
16 USD
Search fee:
Refer to
Annex D(EP)
Fee for priority document (PCT Rule 17.1(b)):
None
Is an agent required by the receiving Office?
No, if the applicant resides in Seychelles
Yes, if the applicant is a non-resident
Who can act as agent?
Any attorney or lawyer registered in Seychelles
Waiver of power of attorney:
Has the Office waived the requirement that a separate power of attorney be submitted?
Refer to the Office
Has the Office waived the requirement that a copy of a general power of attorney be submitted?
Refer to the Office

National Phase

Summary of requirements for entry into the national phase

Time limits applicable for entry into the national phase:
Under PCT Article 22(3): 31 months from the priority date
Under PCT Article 39(1)(b): 31 months from the priority date
Translation of international application required into (one of) the following language(s):
Must be furnished or paid within the time limit applicable under PCT Article 22 or 39(1).
English
Required contents of the translation for entry into the national phase:
Under PCT Article 22: Description, claims (if amended, both as originally filed and as amended), any text matter of drawings, abstract
Under PCT Article 39(1): Description, claims, any text matter of drawings, abstract (if any of those parts has been amended, both as originally filed and as amended by the annexes to the international preliminary examination report)
Is a copy of the international application required in particular circumstances?
No
National fees:
Must be furnished or paid within the time limit applicable under PCT Article 22 or 39(1).
National application fee
3,000 SCR
Exemptions, reductions or refunds of fees:
None
Special requirements of the Office (PCT Rule 51bis):
Name and address of the inventor if they have not been furnished in the “Request” part of the international application 1 2
Declaration concerning the applicant’s right to apply for and be granted a patent where the applicant is not the inventor 1 2
Evidence of entitlement to claim priority where the applicant is not the applicant who filed the earlier application 1 2
Document evidencing a change of name or person of the applicant if the change occurred after the international filing date and has not been reflected in a notification from the International Bureau (Form PCT/IB/306) 1
Appointment of an agent if the applicant is not a resident of Seychelles 3
Translation of the international application to be furnished in two copies 1
Who can act as agent?
Any attorney or lawyer registered in Seychelles
Does the Office accept requests for restoration of the right of priority (PCT Rule 49ter.2)?
Yes, please refer to the Office for the applicable criteria and/or any fee payable for such requests

The procedure in the national Phase

SC.01 TRANSLATION (CORRECTION)
Errors in the translation of the international application can be corrected with reference to the text of the international application as filed (refer to National Phase, paragraphs 6.002 and 6.003).
SC.02 FEES (MANNER OF PAYMENT)
PA Sec. 28
The manner of payment of the fees indicated in the Summary and in this Chapter is outlined in Annex SC.I.
SC.03 ANNUAL FEES
PA Sec. 20, PA Sec. 21, PA Sec. 28
The prescribed annual fees shall be payable for the fifth and every subsequent year, counting from the date of the patent. The annual fee may be paid until six months after the date on which it became due provided that an additional fee as prescribed is also paid.
SC.04 AMENDMENT OF THE APPLICATION; TIME LIMITS
PCT Art. 28, PCT Art. 41, PA Sec. 22, PA Sec. 25
The applicant or the patentee may, from time to time, make amendments to his specification, including drawings forming part thereof, provided that the amendment does not go beyond the disclosure in the initial specification. Every amendment of the application shall be advertised in the Gazette.
SC.05 REVIEW UNDER ARTICLE 25 OF THE PCT
PCT Art. 25, PCT Rule 51
The applicable procedure is outlined in paragraphs 6.018 to 6.021 of the National Phase.
SC.06 EXCUSE OF DELAYS IN MEETING TIME LIMITS
PCT Art. 24(2), PCT Art. 48(2), PCT Rule 49.6, PCT Rule 82bis
Reference is made to paragraphs 6.022 to 6.027 of the National Phase.

Annexes

Annex SC.I - Fees
Patents
National application fee
3,000 SCR
Annual fees:
— for the 2nd to the 4th year
per year 1,000 SCR
— for the 5th year
1,500 SCR
— for the 6th year
2,000 SCR
— for the 7th year
3,000 SCR
— for the 8th year
4,000 SCR
— for the 9th year
5,000 SCR
— for the 10th to the 19th year
per year 10,000 SCR
— for the 20th year
12,000 SCR
Surcharge for late payment of annual fees
10% of the applicable annual fee
How can payment of fees be effected?
Fees must be paid in Seychelles rupees to the Office by cheque, money order, bank draft or in cash.
Forms
Please refer to the Office.
Notes:
1 a b c d e If not already complied with within the time limit applicable under PCT Article 22 or 39(1), the Office will invite the applicant to comply with the requirement within two months from the date of the invitation.
2 a b c This requirement may be satisfied if the corresponding declaration has been made in accordance with PCT Rule 4.17.
3 a If not already complied with within the time limit applicable under PCT Article 22 or 39(1), the Office will invite the applicant to comply with the requirement within a time limit fixed in the invitation.
Special edition as of 31 October 2023, prepared for EQE candidates printed on 15 Apr 2024