A few weeks ago we discussed copyright protection in Brunei Darussalam. This week we are taking a look at patent protection in one of the ASEAN smallest nations. You will learn how to apply for a patent in Brunei Darussalam, what protection is available for your rights and how you can enforce your rights in case of an infringement.
Background for EU SMEs
Brunei Darussalam is one of the 10 countries of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN). Despite being one of the smallest ASEAN countries, it is also one of the wealthiest nations in the South-East Asian region. Brunei Darussalam has an annual GDP of EUR 10.6 billion and most of its revenue comes from the exports of crude oil and natural gas.
The European Union is Brunei Darussalam’s 5th largest trading partner. The EU’s Key exports to Brunei Darussalam include pearls, precious metals, transport equipment and machinery and appliances. The EU’s key imports from Brunei Darussalam include machinery and appliances, optical and photographic instruments, pearls and precious metals.
Brunei Darussalam’s legal system is based on English Common Law and since the year 2000, Brunei Darussalam has passed various legislations on trade marks, industrial designs, copyright and patents. Brunei Darussalam’s IP legal system is in compliance with international standards, complying with international agreements and treaties administered by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). It is a member of a number of conventions including the Paris Convention, the Berne Convention, the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) and the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs. Brunei Darussalam is also a signatory of the TRIPS agreement. Continue reading “Patent Protection in Brunei Darussalam” »