Did you know that the Brunei Darussalam Intellectual Property Office (BruIPO) is a recent addition and started existing in 2013? It’s made to help in restructuring the national IP administration.
If you want to file for a Brunei patent, you need to know the registration procedure. Here are some of the things you should consider:
To apply, you need to fill out the registration form and pay the fee to the Registrar of Patents. As a general rule, your Brunei patent application should contain the following details:
Once you’re granted a Brunei patent, it will protect your product for up to 20 years from the filing date. If you want to extend, you need to pay renewal fees each year.
You need to submit the following to the Registrar of Industrial Designs if you want to apply an industrial design:
Take note, the design representation should be identical. Once you complete the process, your industrial design gets an initial protection period of 5 years. You can extend this for a total of 10 years, but you need to pay a renewal fee every five years.
As an applicant, you need to submit the following to the Registrar of Brunei Trademarks:
The form TM22 is a requirement for applicants living outside Brunei. Once you pay the prescribed fee, you have an initial protection period of 10 years. You can renew the trademark as long as you pay the renewal fees every 10 years.
You can only apply for a plant variety patent if you’re the breeder. You need to submit the following requirements to the Registrar of Plant Varieties:
After paying, you get about 25 years of plant variety protection. This duration will start at the date of the patent grant. Beyond this time, you need to start paying renewal fees each year.
Take note, BruIPO is a standalone office. It’s an extension of the Energy and Industry Department at the Office of the Prime Minister. It has 16 staff members that help in determining whether your invention is patentable.
With these differences, you now know which type of registration procedure fits your invention. That prevents you from wasting time and money in the long run. Don’t hesitate to read more of our posts if you want to know IP protection laws in different countries.
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