Brunei Darussalam

Background

The Brunei Darussalam Intellectual Property Office (BruIPO) was set up on 1 June 2013 in line with the joint effort between The Brunei Economic Development Board (BEDB) and the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) in the restructuring of the Intellectual Property (IP) administration in Brunei Darussalam. The restructuring initially began with the establishment of the Patent Registry Office (PRO) under the BEDB on 1 January 2012 which was followed by the transfer of the Registry of Industrial Designs on 1 October 2012 and subsequently the Registry of Trademarks on 1 June 2013 from AGC to BEDB. As of June 2013, all applications for patents, trademarks and industrial designs are administered by BruIPO whilst copyright advisory remains under the purview of the Attorney General’s Chambers.

BruIPO’s key objective is to create an effective and vibrant intellectual property system that would be beneficial to Brunei Darussalam’s economy in order to aid the country’s economic development moving forward. The key areas of focus in realising our objective are;

  • To provide a clear, accessible and widely understood patent system that protects ideas and inventions whilst encouraging innovation, Research and Development (R & D) and commercialisation.
  • To raise awareness on the benefits and protection of trademarks and industrial designs and to use them to enhance business growth and competitiveness.
  • To promote and develop an ‘IP Culture’ where creativity and innovation can flourish.
  • To establish partnerships with the relevant stakeholders in support of the national innovation ecosystem.
  • To create an internationally recognised intellectual property system adherent to the standards of worldwide intellectual property treaties.

Organization

The Brunei Intellectual Property Office (BruIPO) is currently a part of the Brunei Economic Development Board (BEDB) which is a statutory board under the Prime Minister’s Office that is tasked to grow and diversify Brunei Darussalam’s economy by attracting investments and strengthening local businesses enabled through research and innovation. The Current organizational structure is therefore as follows:

Registration Procedure

PATENTS

The applicant must complete and submit the registration form (Patent Form 1-PF 1) together with the prescribed fee and relevant documents to the Registrar of Patents. In general, the application would contain details and information pertaining to the invention, namely:

  • The title of the invention;
  • The technical field;
  • The description of the invention; and
  • The claims which determines the scope of protection.
  • Patent protection in Brunei last for up to 20 years from the date of filing subject to the payment of renewal fees on an annual basis.

    INDUSTRIAL DESIGNS

    Application for the registration of an industrial design can be made by lodging to the Registrar of Industrial Designs the following:

  • a completed application form - Designs Form D1;
  • 7 identical sets of representation of the design; and
  • the application fee.
  • An industrial design is protected for an initial period of 5 years beginning from the filling date. The design can be renewed for a further period of 10 years subject to the payment of a renewal fee every 5 years.

    TRADEMARKS

    To register a trademark, the applicant must lodge to the Registrar of Trade Marks the following:

  • Covering Letter and completed Form TM1;
  • Completed Form TM22 (mandatory for foreign applicants);
  • A4 Representation of the mark;
  • Translation and Transliteration of the mark (if not in the English language);
  • Priority Document (if priority is claimed over an earlier filed application); and
  • Prescribed fee BND$150/per Class and/or BND$6 (if an agent is appointed)
  • The term of protection is initially for 10 years but may be renewed subject to the payment of renewal fees at the 10th year of registration and thereafter every 10 years.

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