Mauritius, The Patent, Industrial Designs And Trademarks Act

Mauritius, The Patent, Industrial Designs And Trademarks Act

The Patent, Industrial Designs and Trademarks Act enacted in 2002 has come into effect as of April 10th, 2004. Main changes include: – Absolute novelty is now required – Patent duration is 20 years from filing date, not 14 extendable for a similar period, as previously – An existing patent will be valid for 14 years unless it has been extended, in which case it will remain in force for the non-expired portion of the period for which it was extended. – Pending application filed before January 6th, 2003 will be treated according to the new Act – Annuities have been introduced, payable on old patents also – Formal and substantive examination is carried out – Compulsory licenses are provided for