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Information on Foreign Industrial Property Systems

International Affairs Division

In assisting developing countries primarily in Asia and the Pacific Region to establish and improve their industrial property systems, the Japan Patent Office is fostering and conducting cooperative activities in various fields including human resource development, the digitization of patent application procedures, and the examination of applications.

As part of these cooperative activities, this site provides the texts (both in English and Japanese) of the industrial property laws and regulations in effect in various industrialized and developing countries.

We hope that the governments of developing countries use this site to refer to the legal systems of other countries in order to establish, revise, or contribute to their own industrial property laws. At the same time, we hope that those who apply for the acquisition of industrial property rights in other countries profit from the information contained in this site.

Please note that the translations of the texts and of the other information contained in this site are not official and are not always the latest. Please refer to the original texts of the laws of the countries concerned.

List of Laws and Regulations

Japanese

The laws and regulations listed here are unofficial translations of the original-language texts, and therefore are for reference purposes only. As a result, you are kindly advised to refer to the original-language versions when you need to verify or inquire about the content. Furthermore, should there be any discrepancies between the original-language versions and the translations provided here, the original-language versions shall always take precedence.

Those marked with asterisks (*) contain the most updated laws/regulations as of the end of March 2013, according to our survey results.

LAWS / REGULATIONS

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Laws and Regulations
(Those marked with asterisks(*) are the latest laws/regulations as of the end of March 2013)

 ARGENTINA( External link )

Patent Law 
Patent Regulation 
*Design Law 
*Design Regulation 
*Trademarks Law 
Trademarks Regulation 

 AUSTRALIA( External link )

*Patents Act (Link to ComLaw)( External link )
*Patents Regulations (Link to ComLaw)( External link )
*Designs Act (Link to ComLaw)( External link )
*Designs Regulations (Link to ComLaw)( External link )
*Trade Marks Act (Link to ComLaw)( External link )
*Trade Marks Regulations (Link to ComLaw)( External link )

AUSTRIA

Patent Law (PDF:390KB)
Utility Model Act (PDF:129KB)
Design Law (PDF:121KB)
Trademark Law (PDF:204KB)
Industrial Property Regulations (PDF:78KB)

BANGLADESH

*Patents and Designs Act (PDF:197KB)
*Trademarks Act (PDF:221KB)

 BELARUS( External link )

Patent Law (PDF:141KB)
Trademarks Law (PDF:145KB)

BELGIUM

Patents Law (PDF:184KB)
Patent Regulations (PDF:103KB)

BHUTAN

*The Industrial Property Act (PDF:82KB)
*Industrial Property Rules (PDF:118KB)

 BRAZIL( External link )

*Industrial Property Law (PDF:301KB)
Patent Regulations
Industrial Design Regulations
Trademark Regulations

 BRUNEI( External link )

*Patents Order (PDF:551KB)
*Industrial Design Order (PDF:260KB)
*Industrial Design Rules (PDF:172KB)
*Trademarks Law (PDF:211KB)
*Trademarks Rules (PDF:257KB)

 BULGARIA( External link )

Patent Law (PDF:422KB)
*Industrial Design Law (PDF:181KB)
Industrial Design Regulations (PDF:78KB)
Trademark Law (PDF:232KB)
Trademark Regulations (PDF:101KB)

 CAMBODIA( External link )

*Patent Law (PDF:131KB)
*Trademark Law (PDF:109KB)

 CANADA( External link )

*Patent Act (PDF:450KB)
*Patent Rules (PDF:617KB)
*Industrial Design Act (PDF:128KB)
*Industrial Designs Regulations (PDF:124KB)
*Trade-marks Act (PDF:286KB)
*Trade-mark Regulations (PDF:186KB)

CHILE( External link )

Industrial Property Law (PDF:121KB)
Industrial Property Regulations (PDF:199KB)

CHINA

Patents Law (Link to SIPO)( External link )
Patent Regulations (Link to SIPO)( External link )
Trademark Law (Link to SAIC)( External link )
Trademark Regulations (Link to SAIC)( External link )

 CZECH REPUBLIC( External link )

Patent Act (PDF:166KB)
Patent Regulations (PDF:73KB)
*Act on the Protection of Biotechnological Inventions (PDF:39KB)
Utility Model Act (PDF:52KB)
Indudtrial Design Act(PDF:120KB)
Trademark Act (PDF:140KB)
*Trademark Regulations (PDF:70KB)

 DENMARK( External link )

*Patents Act (PDF:263KB)
*Patents Regulations (PDF:186KB)
*Utility Models Act (PDF:193KB)
*Utility Models Regulations (PDF:142KB)
*Designs Act (PDF:110KB)
*Designs Regulations (PDF:97KB)
*Trade Marks Act (PDF:113KB)
*Trade Marks Regulations (PDF:107KB)

EGYPT

*Law on the Protection of Intellectual Property Rights (PDF:210KB)

ESTONIA

*Patent Act (PDF:217KB)
Patent Regulations (PDF:211KB)
*Utility Models Act (PDF:150KB)
Industrial Design Act (PDF:204KB)
Industrial Design Regulations (PDF:76KB)
Trademark Act (PDF:210KB)
Trademark Regulations (PDF:81KB)

 ETHIOPIA( External link )

*A Proclamation Concerning Inventions, Minor Inventions and Industrial Designs (PDF:93KB)
*TradeMark Registration and Protection Proclamation (PDF:153KB)

 FINLAND( External link )

*Patents Act (PDF:277KB)
*Patents Decree (PDF:203KB)
Utility Model Act (PDF:166KB)
Utility Model Decree (PDF:56KB)
*Registered Designs Act (PDF:113KB)
*Registered Designs Decree (PDF:101KB)
*Trademarks Act (PDF:116KB)
*Trademarks Decree (PDF:64KB)
*Act on Collective Act (PDF:33KB)

 FRANCE( External link )

Intellectual Property Code (PDF:207KB)
Intellectual Property Regulations (PDF:372KB)

 GERMANY( External link )

Patent Act (PDF:170KB)
Patent Regulations (PDF:163KB)
Utility Model Law
Utility Model Regulations (PDF:38KB)
Design Law
Design Regulations
Trademark Law
Trademark Regulations (PDF:76KB)

 GREECE( External link )

Patent Law (PDF:132KB)
Patent Regulations (PDF:37KB)
Industrial Design Law (PDF:76KB)
Trademark Law (PDF:102KB)

HONG KONG

*Patents Ordinance (PDF:371KB)
Patents (General) Rules (PDF:392KB)
*Patents (Transitional Arrangements) Rules (PDF:155KB)
*Registered Designs Ordinance (PDF:291KB)
*Registered Design Rules (PDF:201KB)
*Trade Marks Ordinance (PDF:265KB)
*Trade Marks Rules (PDF:329KB)

 HUNGARY( External link )

*Patents Act (PDF:648KB)
*Patents Regulations (PDF:44KB)
*Utility Model Act (PDF:123KB)
Utility Model Regulations(PDF:37KB)
*Industrial Design Act (PDF:223KB)
Industrial Design Regulations (PDF:25KB)
*Trademark Act (PDF:285KB)
Trademarks Regulations (PDF:29KB)
Classes of Goods and Services (PDF:89KB)

 INDIA( External link )

*Patents Act (PDF:241KB)
Patents Rules (PDF:210KB)
*Designs Act (PDF:125KB)
*Designs Rules (PDF:278KB)
Trade Marks Act (PDF:366KB)
Trade Marks Rules (PDF:621KB)

 INDONESIA( External link )

*Patent Law (PDF:161KB)
*Patent Regulations (PDF:90KB)
*Design Law (PDF:78KB)
Trademark Law (PDF:104KB)
Trademark Regulations (PDF:57KB)
Classes of Goods and Services (PDF:44KB)
*Geographical Indications※To be posted in 2014

 IRELAND( External link )

*Patents Act (PDF:450KB)
*Patents Rules (PDF:386KB)
Industrial Designs Act (PDF:269KB)
Designs Rules (PDF:151KB)
Trade Marks Act (PDF:380KB)
Trade Marks Rules (PDF:232KB)

 ITALY( External link )

Patent Law(PDF:119KB)
Patent Regulations (PDF:81KB)
Industrial Model Law (PDF:32KB)
*Industrial Model Regulations (PDF:83KB)
Trademark Law (PDF:95KB)
*Trademark Regulations (PDF:70KB)

 JAPAN( External link )

Patent Act ( External link )
Utility Model Act ( External link )
Design Act( External link )
Trademark Act ( External link )

 KAZAKHSTAN( External link )

Patent Law (PDF:112KB)
Law on Trademarks, Service Marks and Appellations of Origin (PDF:103KB)

 KENYA( External link )

*The Industrial Property Act (PDF:358KB)
*The Trade Marks Act (PDF:302KB)

 KYRGYZSTAN( External link )

Patent Law (PDF:130KB)
*The Law on Trademarks, Service Marks and Appellations of Places of Origin of Goods※To be posted in 2014

 Lao PDR( External link )

*Intellectual Property Laws (PDF:189KB)
*Patent Law※To be posted in 2014
*Patent Regulations※To be posted in 2014
*Decree of Prime Minister on Trademarks (PDF:101KB)
*Trademark Regulations※To be posted in 2014

 LATVIA( External link )

Patent Law (PDF:265KB)
*Industrial Design Law (PDF:243KB)
*Trademark Law(PDF:183KB)

LIECHTENSTEIN

Industrial Designs Law (PDF:49KB)
Industrial Designs Regulations (PDF:60KB)
*Trade Marks Law (PDF:102KB)
Trade Marks Regulations (PDF:77KB)

 LITHUANIA( External link )

*Patent Law (PDF:141KB)
*Industrial Design Law (PDF:160KB)
*Trade Marks Law (PDF:168KB)

LUXEMBOURG( External link )

Patent Law (PDF:239KB)
*Patent Regulations (PDF:176KB)

 MALAYSIA( External link )

*Patents Act(PDF:290KB)
*Patents Regulations (PDF:158KB)
*Industrial Designs Act (PDF:81KB)
Industrial Designs Regulations (PDF:111KB)
Trademark Act(PDF:275KB)
*Trademarks Regulations (PDF:173KB)

 MEXICO( External link )

Industrial Property Law (PDF:276KB)
Industrial Property Regulations (PDF:117KB)

 MONGOLIA

Law on Patent (PDF:73KB)

 NEPAL( External link )

*The Patent, Design and Trade Mark Act (PDF:116KB)

 NETHERLANDS( External link )

Patent Act (PDF:253KB)
Patent Regulations

 NEW ZEALAND( External link )

*Patents Acts (PDF:456KB)
*Patent Regulations (PDF:187KB)
*Design Act(PDF:151KB)
*Design Regulations (PDF:193KB)
*Trade Marks Act (PDF:310KB)
*Trademarks Regulations (PDF:212KB)

NIGERIA

*Patents and Designs Act (PDF:178KB)
*Trade Marks Act (PDF:216KB)

 NORWAY( External link )

*Patents Act (PDF:207KB)
*Patent Regulations (PDF:167KB)
*Designs Act (PDF:110KB)
*Designs Regulations (PDF:133KB)
*Trade Marks Act (PDF:126KB)
*Trade Marks Regulations (PDF:110KB)

PAPUA NEW GUINEA

*Patent Law (PDF:127KB)
*Patent Regulation (PDF:123KB)
Trade Marks Act (PDF:148KB)
*Trademarks Regulations (PDF:86KB)

 PERU( External link )

*Industrial Property Law (PDF:248KB)

 PHILIPPINES( External link )

*Intellectual Property Code (PDF:379KB)
*Intellectual Property Regulations※To be posted in 2014
*Trademarks Rules and Regulations (PDF:220KB)
*Rules and Regulations on Inventions (PDF:218KB)
*Rules and Regulations on Utility Models and Industrial Designs (PDF:219KB)
*Rules & Regulations on Voluntary Licensing (PDF:107KB)
*Rules & Regulations on Administrative Complaints (PDF:139KB)
*Rules on Dispute Settlement (PDF:82KB)
*Regulations on Inter Parts Proceedings (PDF:150KB)

 POLAND( External link )

Industrial Property Law (PDF:378KB)
*Patent Regulations (PDF:135KB)
*Industrial Design Regulations (PDF:131KB)
*Trademark Regulations (PDF:107KB)

 PORTUGAL( External link )

*Industrial Property Code (PDF:429KB)

 REPUBLIC OF KOREA( External link )

Industrial Property Laws (Link to KIPO)( External link )

 REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA( External link )

Patents Act (PDF:144KB)
*Patents Regulations (PDF:222KB)
*Designs Act (PDF:84KB)
*Designs Regulations (PDF:190KB)
*Trade Marks Act (PDF:221KB)
*Trade Marks Regulations (PDF:184KB)

 ROMANIA( External link )

*Patent Law (PDF:106KB)
*Patent Regulations (PDF:277KB)
*Utility Models Law (PDF:71KB)
*Utility Models Regulations (PDF:101KB)
*Industrial Design Law (PDF:114KB)
*Industrial Design Regulations (PDF:138KB)
*Trademark Law (PDF:158KB)
Trademark Regulations (PDF:161KB)

 RUSSIA( External link )

*Civil Code of the Russian Federation Part Ⅳ (Link to ROSPATENT)( External link )

 SAUDI ARABIA( External link )

*Patents Law (PDF:70KB)
*Patents Regulations (PDF:98KB)
Trade Marks Law (PDF:143KB)
*Trade Marks Rules (PDF:158KB)

 SINGAPORE( External link )

*Patents Act (PDF:498KB)
*Patents Rules (PDF:671KB)
*Designs Act (PDF:168KB)
*Designs Rules (PDF:360KB)
*Trade Marks Act (PDF:384KB)
*Trade Marks Rules (PDF:235KB)
*Trade Marks International Registration Rules (PDF:160KB)

 SLOVAKIA( External link )

*Patent Act (PDF:273KB)
Patent Regulations (PDF:82KB)
*Utility Model Law (PDF:61KB)
*Design Act (PDF:137KB)
*Trademark Act (PDF:138KB)
Trademark Regulations (PDF:92KB)

 SPAIN( External link )

Patent Law
Patent Regulations
Trademark Act  (PDF:219KB)
Trademark Regulations  (PDF:232KB)

 SRI LANKA( External link )

*Code of Intellectual Property Act (PDF:377KB)
*Intellectual Property Regulations (PDF:145KB)

SUDAN

Patents Act (PDF:72KB)
Patents Regulations (PDF:46KB)
Trade Marks Act (PDF:60KB)
Trade Marks Rules (PDF:42KB)

SWEDEN( External link )

Patent Act (PDF:310KB)
Patent Decree
Design Act (PDF:112KB)
Design Regulation (PDF:59KB)
Trademarks Act
Trademarks Regulation

 SWITZERLAND( External link )

Patent Law
Patent Regulations
Industrial Design Law(PDF:166KB)
Industrial Design Regulations
Trademark Law
Trademark Regulations

TAIWAN

*Laws and Regulations (Link to TIPO)( External link )

 THAILAND( External link )

*Patent Act (PDF:148KB)
*Patent Regulations (PDF:138KB)
*Trademark Act (PDF:145KB)

 TUNISIA( External link )

*Law on Patents (PDF:207KB)
*Law on the Protection of Industrial Designs (PDF:118KB)

 TURKEY( External link )

Patent Law (PDF:336KB)
Patent Regulations (PDF:117KB)
Industrial Design Law (PDF:150KB)
Industrial Design Regulations (PDF:80KB)
Trademark Law (PDF:161KB)
Trademark Regulations (PDF:86KB)

 UKRAINE( External link )

Patent Law (PDF:259KB)
*Patent Rules (PDF:214KB)
*Design Law (PDF:66KB)
*Design Rules (PDF:142KB)
*Trademark Law (PDF:111KB)
*Trademark Rules (PDF:158KB)

 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES( External link )

*Pertaining to the Industrial Regulation and Protection of Patents, Industrial Drawings, and Design (PDF:107KB)
Law Concerning Trademarks (PDF:76KB)

 UNITED KINGDOM( External link )

*Copyright Design and Patent Act (PDF:176KB)
*Patent Act (PDF:419KB)
*Patent Rules (PDF:315KB)
Registered Design Acts (PDF:188KB)
*Registered Design Rules (PDF:224KB)
Trademarks Act (PDF:254KB)
Trademark Rules (PDF:164KB)

 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA( External link )

Patent Law (PDF:798KB)
*Leahy-Smith Invent Act (Link to USPTO)( External link )
*Patent Regulations (Link to USPTO)( External link )
*Trademark Law (PDF:269KB)
*Trademark Regulations (PDF:465KB)
Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP)/Link to USPTO( External link )
Trademark Manual of Examining Procedure (TMEP) /Link to USPTO( External link )

 UZBEKISTAN( External link )

Trademarks Law (PDF:89KB)

 VIETNAM( External link )

*Intellectual Property Law (Link to NOIP) ( External link )
Decree of Industrial Property (Link to NOIP) ( External link )
Decree of IPR Protection and Management (Link to NOIP) ( External link )
*Decree of Providing for Sanctioning of Administrative Violations (PDF:161KB)
*Circular of Industrial Property (Link to NOIP) ( External link )

Treaties

Treaties

Laws and Regulations
iThose marked with asterisks(*) are the latest laws/regulations as of the end of March 2013

 AFRICAN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ORGANIZATION (OAPI)( External link )

*Bangui Agreement (PDF:433KB)
*Regulations under the Agreement Revising the Bangui Agreement (PDF:33KB)

 AFRICAN REGIONAL INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ORGANIZATION (ARIPO)( External link )

*Harare Protocol on Patents and Industrial Designs (PDF:79KB)
*Regulations for Implementing the Harare Protocol (PDF:129KB)
*Banjul Protocol on Marks (PDF:73KB)
*Regulations for Implementing the Banjul Protocol (PDF:84KB)

 ANDEAN COMMUNITY( External link )

*Decision 486 — Common Provisions on Industrial Property (PDF:385KB)
*Decision 632 — Clarification of the Second Paragraph of Article 266 of Decision 486 (PDF:65KB)
*Decision 689 — Common Provisions on Industrial Property (PDF:68KB)

 BENELUX( External link )

Benelux Convention on Intellectual Property (Trademarks and Designs) (PDF:169KB)
*Implementing Regulations under the Benelux Convention on Intellectual Property (Trademarks and Designs) (PDF:152KB)

 BUDAPEST TREATY( External link )

*Budapest Treaty
*Regulations under the Budapest Treaty (PDF:102KB)

CONVENTION ESTABLISHING THE WIPO( External link )

Convention Establishing the WIPO

 EURASIAN PATENT OFFICE( External link )

*Patent Convention (PDF:79KB)
Patent Regulations under the Patent Convention(PDF:338KB)

 EUROPEAN UNION/EUROPEAN COMMUNITY( External link )

Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council to approximate the laws of the Member States relating to trade marks (Link to EU)( External link )
*Council Regulation on the Community Trade Mark (PDF:356KB)
*Commission Regulation on the Community Trade Mark (PDF:336KB)
*Directive of the Parliament and of the Council on biotechnological inventions
*Directive of the Parliament and of the Council on legal protection of designs
*Council Regulation on the Community designs (PDF:176KB)
*Commission Regulation on the Community designs (PDF:185KB)
*Council Regulation on a supplementary protection certificate for medicinal products (PDF:102KB)
Council Regulation on geographical indications and designations of origin (PDF:116KB)

 EUROPEAN PATENT OFFICE( External link )

*Patent Convention (Link to EPO)( External link )
*Implementing Regulations to the Convention on the grant of European Patents (PDF:236KB)
*Rules Relating to Fees (PDF:120KB)
Guidelines for Examination / List of Contents (PDF:42KB)
Guidelines for Examination/General Part (PDF:60KB)
Guidelines for Examination / Part A (PDF:467KB)
Guidelines for Examination / Part B (PDF:258KB)
Guidelines for Examination / Part C (PDF:596KB)
Guidelines for Examination / Part D (PDF:249KB)
Guidelines for Examination / Part E (PDF:302KB)
*Handbook of quality procedures before the EPO(Link to EPO)( External link )

 GULF COOPERATION COUNCIL (GCC)

*GCC Patent Law (PDF:44KB)
*Implementing Bylaws of the Amended Patent Regulation of GCC (PDF:131KB)

 LISBON AGREEMENT( External link )

*Lisbon Agreement (PDF:57KB)
*Regulations under the Lisbon Agreement (PDF:134KB)

MADRID AGREEMENT & PROTOCOL( External link )

*Madrid Agreement
*Regulations under the Madrid Agreement
*Madrid Protocol
*Common Regulations under the Madrid Agreement and the Protocol (Link to WIPO)( External link )
*Administrative Instructions (Link to WIPO)( External link )

NAIROBI TREATY( External link )

*Nairobi Treaty on the Protection of the Olympic Symbol (PDF:34KB)

NICE AGREEMENT( External link )

*Nice Agreement (PDF:82KB)

NORTH AMERICAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT( External link )

*North American Free Trade Agreement

PARIS CONVENTION( External link )

*Paris Convention

 PATENT COOPERATION TREATY( External link )

*Patent Cooperation Treaty(Link to WIPO)( External link )

STRASBOURG AGREEMENT( External link )

*Strasbourg Agreement

TRADEMARK LAW TREATY( External link )

*Trademark Law Treaty (PDF:185KB)
*Regulations under the Trademark Law Treaty

TRIPS AGREEMENT( External link )

*TRIPS Agreement

UPOV CONVENTION( External link )

*International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (PDF:118KB)

WASHINGTON TREATY( External link )

*Treaty on Intellectual Property in Respect of Integrated Circuits (PDF:71KB)

What's New?

What's New?

3 July. 2013

AUSTRALIA (Patents Act (Link to ComLaw( External link ),Patents Regulations (Link to ComLaw)( External link ), Designs Act (Link to ComLaw)( External link ), Designs Regulations (Link to ComLaw), Trade Marks Act (Link to ComLaw)( External link ), Trade Marks Regulations (Link to ComLaw)( External link ),BRUNEIPatents Order(PDF:551KB),Emergency (Industrial Designs) Order(PDF:260KB), Industrial Design Rules(PDF:172KB)), BULGARIA (Industrial Design Law(PDF:181KB), Trademark Law(PDF:232KB)), CANADA(Patent Act(PDF:450KB), Patent Rules(PDF:617KB), Industrial Design Act(PDF:128KB), Industrial Design Regulations(PDF:124KB), Trade-marks Act(PDF:286KB)), Trade-mark Regulations(PDF:186KB)), DENMARK (Patents Act(PDF:263KB), Utility Models Act(PDF:193KB), Utility Models Regulations(PDF:142KB), Designs Act(PDF:110KB), Designs Regulations(PDF:97KB), Trade Marks Act(PDF:113KB), Trade Marks Regulations(PDF:107KB)), ESTONIA (Patent Act(PDF:217KB), Utility Models Act(PDF:150KB)), ETHIOPIA (TradeMark Registration and Protection Proclamation(PDF:153KB)), FINLAND (Patents Act(PDF:277KB), Patents Decree(PDF:203KB), Utility Model Act(PDF:166KB), Registered Designs Decree(PDF:101KB)), GERMANY (Patent Regulations(PDF:163KB)), HONG KONG (Registered Designs Ordinance(PDF:291KB)), HUNGARY (Patents Act(PDF:648KB), Utility Model Act(PDF:123KB), Industrial Design Act(PDF:223KB), Trademark Act(PDF:285KB)), IRELAND (Patents Acts(PDF:450KB), Patents Rules(PDF:386KB)), KENYA (The Industrial Property Act(PDF:358KB), The Trade Marks Act(PDF:302KB)), LATVIA (Patent Law(PDF:265KB), Trademark Law(PDF:183KB)), MEXICO (Industrial Property Regulations(PDF:117KB)), NEW ZEALAND (Patents Acts(PDF:456KB), Design Regulations(PDF:193KB), Trade Marks Act(PDF:310KB), Trademarks Regulations(PDF:212KB)), NIGERIA (Patents and Designs Act(PDF:178KB), Trade Marks Act(PDF:216KB)), NORWAY (Designs Regulations(PDF:133KB)), PERU (Industrial Property Decree(PDF:248KB)), REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA (Trade Marks Act(PDF:221KB)), ROMANIA (Industrial Design Regulations(PDF:138KB), Trademark Regulations(PDF:161KB)), SINGAPORE (Patents Act(PDF:498KB), Patents Rules(PDF:671KB), Designs Rules(PDF:360KB), Trade Marks Rules(PDF:235KB), Trade Marks International Registration Rules(PDF:160KB)), TUNISIA (Law on Patents(PDF:207KB), Law on the Protection of Industrial Designs(PDF:118KB)), UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (Patent Law(PDF:660KB), Leahy-Smith Invent Act (Link to USPTO)( External link ), Trademark Law(PDF:188KB), Trademark Regulations(PDF:625KB)), VIETNAM (Decree of Providing for Sanctioning of Administrative Violations(PDF:161KB)), ANDEAN COMMUNITY (Decision 632(PDF:65KB), Decision 689(PDF:68KB)), EURASIAN PATENT OFFICE (Patent Regulations under the Patent Convention(PDF:338KB)), EUROPEAN PATENT OFFICE (Rules Relating to Fees(PDF:120KB)), LISBON AGREEMENT (Regulations under the Lisbon Agreement(PDF:134KB)).

20 July. 2012

EUROPEAN PATENT OFFICE (Handbook of quality procedures before the EPO(Link to EPO)( External link ))

12 Jun. 2012

AUSTRALIA (Patents Regulations, Trade Marks Act, Trade Marks Regulations), BANGLADESH(Patents and Designs Act(PDF:197KB), Trademarks Act(PDF:221KB)), BELARUS(Patent Law(PDF:141KB), Trademarks and Service Marks Law(PDF:145KB)), BHUTAN(The Industrial Property Act(PDF:82KB), Industrial Property Rules(PDF:118KB)), CHINA(Patents Law(Link to SIPO( External link )), Patent Regulations(Link to SIPO)( External link ), Trademark Law (Link to SAIC)( External link ), Trademark Regulations(Link to SAIC)( External link )), CZECH REPUBLIC(Trademark Regulations(PDF:70KB)), DENMARK(Utility Models Act(PDF:193KB), Designs Act(PDF:110KB)), EGYPT(Law on the Protection of Intellectual Property Rights(PDF:210KB)), ETHIOPIA(A Proclamation Concerning Inventions, Minor Inventions and Industrial Designs(PDF:93KB)), FINLAND(Registered Designs Act(PDF:113KB), Trademarks Act(PDF:116KB)), IRELAND(Patents Rules), KAZAKHSTAN(Patent Law(PDF:112KB), Law on Trademarks, Service Marks and Appellations of Origin(PDF:103KB)), MALAYSIA(Patents Regulations(PDF:158KB), Trademarks Regulations(PDF:173KB)), MEXICO(Industrial Property Law(PDF:276KB)), MONGOLIA(Law on Patent(PDF:73KB)), NEPAL(The Patent, Design and Trade Mark Act(PDF:116KB)), NEW ZEALAND(Designs Act(PDF:151KB)), NORWAY(Patents Act(PDF:207KB), Patent Regulations(PDF:167KB), Designs Act(PDF:110KB), Designs Regulations, Trade Marks Act(PDF:126KB), Trade Marks Regulations(PDF:110KB)), PAPUA NEW GUINEA(Trade Marks Act(PDF:148KB), Trade Marks Regulation(PDF:86KB)), PHILIPPINES(Rules & Regulations on Administrative Complaints(PDF:139KB)), ROMANIA(Trademark Law(PDF:158KB)), RUSSIA(Civil Code of the Russian Federation Part Ⅳ (Link to ROSPATENT)( External link )), SLOVAKIA(Trademark Act(PDF:138KB)),UNITED ARAB EMIRATES(Pertaining to the Industrial Regulation and Protection of Patents, Industrial Drawings, and Designs(PDF:107KB), Law Concerning Trademarks(PDF:76KB)), UNITED KINGDOM(Copyright, Design and Patent Act(PDF:176KB), Patent Act(PDF:419KB), Patent Rules(PDF:315KB)), AFRICAN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ORGANIZATION(OAPI)(Bangui Agreement(PDF:433KB), Regulations under the Agreement Revising the Bangui Agreement(PDF:33KB)), AFRICAN REGIONAL INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ORGANIZATION(ARIPO)(Harare Protocol on Patents and Industrial Designs(PDF:79KB), Regulations for Implementing the Harare Protocol(PDF:129KB), Banjul Protocol on Marks(PDF:73KB), Regulations for Implementing the Banjul Protocol(PDF:84KB), ANDEAN COMMUNITY(Decision 486 — Common Provisions on Industrial Property(PDF:385KB)), BENELUX(Benelux Convention on Intellectual Property (Trademarks and Designs)(PDF:169KB), Implementing Regulations under the Benelux Convention on Intellectual Property(Trademarks and Designs)(PDF:152KB)), EUROPEAN PATENT OFFICE(Implementing Regulations to the Convention on the grant of European Patents(PDF:236KB), Rules Relating to Fees), EUROPEAN UNION/EUROPEAN COMMUNITY(Council Regulation on the Community Trade Mark(PDF:356KB), Commission Regulation on the Community Trade Mark(PDF:336KB), Council Regulation on a supplementary protection certificate for medicinal products(PDF:102KB), Council Regulation on geographical indications and designations of origin(PDF:116KB)), GULF COOPERATION COUNCIL(GCC Patent Law(PDF:44KB), Implementing Bylaws of the Amended Patent Regulation of GCC(PDF:131KB)).

13 Sep. 2011

EUROPEAN UNION/EUROPEAN COMMUNITY(Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council to approximate the laws of the Member States relating to trade marks(Link to EU)( External link ))

27 Jun. 2011

List of Laws and Regulations are updated.

28 Apr. 2011

AUSTRALIA (Patents Act), Cambodia(Patent Law(PDF:131KB) and Trademark Law(PDF:109KB)), DENMARK(Patents Act(PDF:263KB),Patents Regulations(PDF:186KB) and Trade Marks Act(PDF:113KB)), Hungary(Utility Model Act and Industrial Design Act), Kyrgyzstan(Patent Law(PDF:130KB)), Malaysia(Patents Regulations and Trademarks Regulations), Netherlands(Patent Act(PDF:253KB)), Norway(Trade Marks Regulations), Papua New Guinea(Patent Law(PDF:127KB) and Patent Regulations(PDF:123KB)), Poland(Industrial Design Regulation(PDF:131KB)), Portugal(Industrial Property Code(PDF:429KB)), Romania(Industrial Design Law(PDF:114KB)), Spain(Trademark Act(PDF:219KB)), Sri Lanka(Code of Intellectual Property Act(PDF:377KB)), Ukraine(Trademark Law(PDF:111KB)), United Kingdom(Registered Design Act(PDF:188KB)), United States of America(Manual of Patent Examining Procedures Chapter 600(PDF:776KB) and Manual of Patent Examining Procedures Chapter 700(PDF:1,371KB)), Uzbekistan(Trademarks Law(PDF:89KB))

24 Dec. 2010

AUSTRALIA(Patents Act, Patents Regulations, Designs Act, Trade Marks Act), Greece(Patent Law(PDF:132KB)), Hong Kong(Patents Ordinance(PDF:371KB), Registered Designs Ordinance, Trade Marks Ordinance(PDF:265KB)), Hungary(Patents Act, Trademark Act), IRELAND(Patents Acts), Lithuania(Patent Law(PDF:141KB), Industrial Design Law(PDF:160KB), Trade Marks Law(PDF:168KB)), New Zealand(Patents Acts)(PDF:456KB), Singapore(Designs Act(PDF:168KB)), Turkey(Industrial Design Regulations(PDF:80KB)), United Kingdom(Patent Act, Patent Rules), United States of America(Patent Regulations(PDF:848KB), Trademark Law(PDF:188KB)), EUROPEAN COMMUNITY(Council Regulation on the Community designs(PDF:176KB), Commission Regulation on the Community designs(PDF:185KB))

5 Aug. 2010

JAPAN (Cabinet Secretariat Website)( External link ), Republic of Korea (Link to KIPO)( External link ), VIETNAM (Intellectual Property Law)( External link )

30 Apr. 2010

AUSTRALIA(Patents Regulations, Designs Regulations, Trade Marks Regulations) France(Intellectual Property Code(PDF:207KB), Intellectual Property Regulations(PDF:372KB)) Hong Kong(Patents Ordinance(PDF:371KB)) Malaysia(Patents Act(PDF:290KB)) Philippines(Intellectual Property Code(PDF:379KB), Trademarks Rules and Regulations, (PDF:220KB)Rules and Regulations on Inventions(PDF:218KB), Rules and Regulations on Utility Models and Industrial Designs(PDF:219KB), Rules & Regulations on Voluntary Licensing(PDF:107KB), Rules & Regulations on Administrative Complaints, Rules on Dispute Settlement(PDF:82KB), Regulations on Inter Parts Proceedings(PDF:150KB)) Poland(Industrial Property Law(PDF:378KB), Patent Regulations(PDF:135KB), Trademark Regulations(PDF:107KB)) Romania(Patent Law(PDF:106KB), Patent Regulations(PDF:277KB), Utility Models Law(PDF:71KB)) Singapore(Designs Rules, Trade Marks Act(PDF:384KB), Trade Marks Rules,) European Patent Office(Guidelines for Examination List of Contents(PDF:42KB), Guidelines for Examination General Part(PDF:60KB), Guidelines for Examination/Part A(PDF:467KB),Guidelines for Examination/Part B(PDF:258KB),Guidelines for Examination/Part C(PDF:596KB),Guidelines for Examination/Part D(PDF:249KB),Guidelines for Examination/Part E)(PDF:302KB)

1 Apr. 2010

Germany(Patent Act)(PDF:170KB)

4 Mar. 2010

Singapore(Trade Marks International Registration Rules)

15 Jan. 2010

Germany(Patent Act)

25 Dec. 2009

United Kingdom(Trade Marks Act(PDF:254KB), Trademarks Rules)(PDF:164KB), Norway(Patents Act, Patents Regulations), Hungary(Patent Act(PDF:648KB), Trademark Act)(PDF:285KB), Finland(Patents Act, Patents Decree), BULGARIA(Industrial Design Law, Trademark Law, Trademark Regulations(PDF:101KB)), Latvia(Patent Law), CANADA(Industrial Design Regulations, Trade-marks Act), Sri Lanka(Intellectual Property Regulations(PDF:145KB)), India(Designs Rules(PDF:278KB)), European Patent Office(Implementing Regulations to the Convention on the grant of European Patents), Eurasian Patent Office(Patent Regulations under the Patent Convention(PDF:338KB))

16 Oct. 2009

Chinese Taipei (Patent Regulations, Trademark Regulations), Vietnam (Decree of Industrial Property( External link ), Decree of IPR Protection and Management( External link ), Decree of Providing for Sanctioning of Administrative Violations,) Lao PDR (Intellectual Property Laws(PDF:189KB), Decree of Prime Minister on Trademarks(PDF:101KB))

[Last updated 3 July 2013]

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