Designs and industrial models are protected in Morocco through registration with the competent authority. Such a registration is carried out without any novelty examination.
A single application may include up to fifty consecutively numbered designs or models. The law benefits only designs that are registered with the Patent Office. Missing documents must be filed within 3 months as of filing.
Industrial designs and models are protected for 5 years. The term may be extended to two other consecutive terms of 5 years. Renewal of a registration must be effected within the 6- month period preceding the expiry of its term of validity. However, a grace period of 6 months may be granted to effect the renewal.
The renewed model or design will keep the same number of the original model or design preceded by capital letter R for the first renewal and 2R for the second renewal.
An application for a design or industrial model may be refused, if a model or design is against public order, or if all original documents are not submitted to the Patent Office within 3 months as of the filing date, or if the model or design reproduces effigies of his Majesty the King or any member of the Royal Family.