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IP Developments within the last 12 months

Fri, 04/10/2019 - 11:20

It has just been announced that Samoa has deposited its instruments of accession for the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement for the International Registration of Industrial Designs and the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement for the international registration of appellations of origin and geographical indications. The PCT and Hague Agreement will enter into force in Samoa on 2nd January 2020. The Geneva Act will enter into force after the accession of five...


Tue, 06/08/2019 - 08:26

It appears that the Registrar in Guyana is now interpreting Section 21 of the Patents & Designs Act, which provides for the payment of renewal fees on local patents (filed under Title I of the law), to apply equally to reregistration patents (filed under Title II of the law). We strongly disagree with this interpretation of the law, as we believe that the intention of the legislators when drawing up this law was that Title II, from Section 54 onwards, was meant to deal specifically with...


Tue, 23/07/2019 - 11:33

As previously reported on this website, Patent Law No. 2 of 2003 finally came into force in November 2015, and the Registration of UK Patents Act (CAP. 80) was thereby repealed.   The Vanuatu IPO advised us at that time that the transitional provisions of the new law should be interpreted to the effect that any UK-based reregistration patent granted under the Registration of UK Patents Act is taken to have been registered under Patent Law No. 2 of 2003, such that the term of such patents...


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