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Intellectual Property
Firstly, congratulations to the Registrar Amelia Na’aru and her team at the Papua New Guinea Intellectual Property Office for revamping their online search engine facility. I say “revamped” because prior to the launching of the facility we had already been using it and did find it helpful. I thought I’d give my views on why...
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The recent announcement of a partnership between MiBank and Kina Bank is welcome news.  Perhaps the most interesting part of the announcement at least from my point of view is Tony Westaway’s acknowledgement that they’re aware of their intellectual properties and further how important those properties were in forming a partnership with an up and...
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In a first of its kind in Papua New Guinea, we’re offering Free online IP Consultation for Papua New Guinea SME’s. That’s right! Our goal with this Free Online IP Consultation is to help you make the right decisions in respect of the protection of your intellectual property or at the very least, give you...
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Earlier this year, a young man came to me concerned about a potential copyright infringement matter. Like any typical copyright matter, a design he created was copied by a corporate entity and subsequently applied on a line garments and sold to the public.  All this, without his authority. He was obviously disappointed when saw the...
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Are you looking to file an application to patent an invention?  Or do you wish to register an industrial design?  If the latter click here. If the former, read on. There are two types of applications that can be filed. One is a convention application and the other is an application entering the national phase....
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Are you considering registering your trade mark?  If so, please find below a list of requirements you will need have handy when requesting us to assist you file a trade mark application with the Papua New Guinea Intellectual Property Office. A. Name of Applicant B. Full Trade or Business Address of Applicant C. Country of...
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Papua New Guinea has existing copyright legislation, namely, the Copyright and Neighboring Rights Act 2000. There is a general tendency for Papua New Guineans to think that copyright only covers music or some form of writing.  For this reason, we’ve tried to list below the kind of works that are eligible for copyright protection under...
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In my almost two decades experience in intellectual property, I’ve noticed a common practice undertaken by many PNG businesses that find themselves confronted with imported counterfeit products.  The typical approach taken by these local companies is to put out notices in the local daily informing the public about certain counterfeits circulating the market and, in...
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A colleague recently referred me to a product that was being sold on a French fashion website MatchesFashion.com. The product, which appears to come under the brand “The Row” – a US fashion label, is that of a stringed knitted bag much like Papua New Guinea’s iconic stringed bag, the Bilum.  Ironically, the product itself...
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