The Law also protects new industrial property rights such as utility models, breeders’ rights, geographical indications and layout designs of integrated circuits.
The Minister of Land Transport and Light Rail, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, Mr. Alan Ganoo, chaired this afternoon in Port Louis an awareness session for private sector institutions on the Industrial Property Law 2019. The objective of this The session was to share with representatives of private institutions the main elements of the new industrial property framework of Mauritius.
In his opening remarks, Minister Ganoo highlighted that the Industrial Property Law, passed in August 2019, extends protection to industrial property rights currently covered by existing laws, namely patents, trademarks and industrial designs. He pointed out that the Law also protects new industrial property rights such as utility models, breeder’s rights, geographical indications and layout designs of integrated circuits.
The Minister stressed that this Law is intended to modernize the industrial property framework. The Act, he stressed, covers new industrial property rights that will allow Mauritius‘ industrial property system to better respond to the needs of the country’s development path, where research, development and innovation are high on the agenda of the country. Government.
In addition, Mr. Ganoo noted that a prominent feature of the law relates to the establishment of an empowered Mauritian Industrial Property Office as well as an Intellectual Property Council to coordinate all IP related matters at the national level. The Delegation indicated that the Law also provided for Mauritius to adhere to three Treaties administered by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), namely: the Patent Cooperation Treaty; the Madrid Protocol; and the Hague Agreement for the international registration of patents, trademarks and industrial designs.
On the other hand, Minister Ganoo highlighted that Mauritius obtained technical and financial assistance from the European Union (EU) to implement the main recommendations of the National Intellectual Property Development Plan, of which one of the main recommendations is related to the implementation of the new industrial property law.
He recalled that in November 2021, a team of four IP experts appointed by the EU were in Mauritius to build the capacity of local stakeholders, but unfortunately the training sessions had to be postponed due to the increase in COVID-19 cases. 19 in the country, as well as travel restrictions related to the pandemic. However, he emphasized, the expert mission will start again on January 31, 2022 until March 4, 2022.
Before concluding, the Foreign Minister stated that Mauritius has been selected as one of the six Sub-Saharan African countries to participate in the initial phase of the WIPO project entitled ‘Enhancing Intellectual Property and Innovation Ecosystems in Africa’. Sub-Saharan’.
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