Brunei Darussalam Accedes to Patent Cooperation Treaty

On April 24, 2012, the Government of Brunei Darussalam deposited with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) its intent to accede to the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). The Treaty will come into effect on July 24, 2012, making Brunei Darussalam the 145th PCT member state.

Interested in patent protection in Brunei? Here are some interesting patent facts for PCT’s new kid on the block.

  • Patent protection is relatively new to Brunei. They became a member of the Paris Convention effective February 17, 2012.
  • Patents are granted by the Patent Registry Office (PRO) at the Brunei Economic Development Board.
  • Brunei is a first-to-file country.

Although Brunei probably isn’t a high priority for many patent applicants, it’s great to see new countries recognizing the need to develop their internal patent systems.

Do you know of any PCT countries inovia should add to their roster? Let us know!


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