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IP Developments within the last 12 months

Thu, 06/02/2020 - 11:26

The anticipated opening of the Myanmar Intellectual Property Office, expected to take place in January 2020, has been delayed. Whilst there are rumours that the Office may open in April 2020, no firm date has been set by the Myanmar authorities.   As previously advised, there is expected to be a “soft opening” of the Intellectual Property Office 6 months before the new law enters into force. During this transitional period, the IPO will accept applications for trade marks which have been...


Fri, 24/01/2020 - 10:30

The Administrative Council of ARIPO has recently adopted various amendments to the Harare Protocol on Patents and Industrial Designs and to the Banjul Protocol on Marks. These amendments came into effect on 1st January 2020, but they are not retroactive in respect of applications filed before 1st January 2020.   As far as trade mark protection in ARIPO is concerned, the situation remains that only four of the member states have enacted the Banjul Protocol and make specific provision for...


Mon, 09/12/2019 - 08:47

Further to our previous article on this website concerning renewal fee payments due in Samoa, the Samoan Ministry of Commerce, Industry, and Labour (MCIL), which administers the patent system in Samoa, has now advised that patent maintenance fees under the Intellectual Property Act 2011 which fell due between 1st October 2012 (when the 2011 Act commenced) and 1st January 2017 (when the official fees under the Act were first set) are also now payable. The MCIL had previously advised us that...


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