We are pleased to report that a new bill for the protection of industrial property was adopted on 27 January 2009 by the Council of Ministers. The legislation now awaits the approval of the House of Representatives, which we expect to take place within the next six months. Once enacted, the new law will come into force six months after its publication in the Official Journal.

The new law provides for the official filing of applications for patents, integrated circuit diagrams, industrial designs and models, trade marks for products and services, commercial names, geographical indications and names of origin, as well as for the control of unfair competition.

The implementation of the new law is subject to the establishment of the Djibouti Office of Industrial and Commercial Property, and to the Regulations being put in place. It may therefore be some time before the new law finally becomes effective. We will monitor this situation closely and will provide updates as soon as we have further news.