A new Industrial Designs Act was enacted by the Zambian Parliament on 7th June 2016, which repeals the Registered Designs Act, 1958.  The new Act provides for an enhanced protection for designs, including, inter alia:

 

·         More detailed information on the requirements and procedures involved in design registration and cancellation of registration of registered designs;

·         The international registration of designs under the Harare Protocol adopted by ARIPO;

·         The rights of proprietors of registered designs and limitations;

·         The examination, publication and opposition of registered designs;

·         Ownership rights in respect of designs created by employees;

·         The contractual and compulsory licencing of designs; and

·         The use and acquisition of registered designs by the Government.

 

The Act brings Zambia into compliance with the Paris Convention, the Harare Protocol, and the TRIPs Agreement.