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Intellectual Property Division

Since 2019, the Department has made tremendous efforts to establish a favourable environment for the creation and protection of intellectual property rights and strengthening of the administration of intellectual property in the Republic. This has resulted in the development of intellectual property rights laws and the creation of the Intellectual Property Division.

 

Intellectual property refers to creations of the mind, such as inventions, literary and artistic works, designs and symbols, names and images used in commerce. Copyright relates to the economic and moral rights subsisting in that creation. A patent is an exclusive right granted for an invention, which is a product or a process that provides, in general, a new way of doing something, or offers a new technical solution to a problem. To get a patent, technical information about the invention must be disclosed to the public in a patent application. A trademark means any mark which is registered under the law and is capable of distinguishing goods or services dealt with or provided in the course of trade by a person from goods or services dealt with or provided by any other person.

 

The Division is responsible for the administration of the following Acts:

  1. Copyright Act 2019 which provides for copyright in literary, musical and artistic works, audio-visual works, sound recordings, broadcasts and related purposes.
  2. Trademarks Act 2019 which establishes the legal framework for the registration and protection of trademarks and for related purposes.
  3. Patents Registration Act 1973 which provides for the registration of letters of patent and of applications for letters of patent, and for the privileges and rights exercisable in Nauru upon such registration.

 

 

Our Team

 

Position Name
Registrar of Intellectual Property Jay Udit
Assisting the Registrar (Interim) Mele Tagivakatini
Assisting the Registrar (Interim) Patricia Grundler
Pleader (Intellectual Property) Vacant
Paralegal (Intellectual Property) Vacant

 

 

Objectives

 

  • Protecting creations of the minds such as inventions, literary, artwork, designs, symbols, names and images used in commerce.

 

 

Motivation

 

Own what you create. Protect what you own.

 

 

Strategic Plan Priority Area 4: Cost Cutting Sectors

 

Cross-Goal 1

Strengthen Parliament, audit, justice, law, order and border control.

 

 

Achievements

 

On 11 May 2020, Nauru became a member of the World Intellectual Property Organisation commonly known as WIPO. It has also acceded to a number of Conventions in intellectual property.

 

During the annual reporting year, the following Regulations were approved by the Cabinet, which supplements the Trademarks Act 2019 and the Patents Registration Act 1973:

 

  1. Patents Registration (Forms and Fees) Regulations 2020, which was notified in the Gazette on 22ndSeptember 2020. In order to ensure that inventions are protected, the Regulations were made which:
    1. provides the procedure and process for lodgement for registration of an invention, examination of an invention and registration of a patent;
    2. provides the forms;
    3. provides the fees; and
    4. provides the details for the process of and maintaining of records in the Register of Patents.
  2. Patents Registration (Appeals) Rules 2020, which was notified in the Gazette on 5thOctober 2020.
  3. Trademarks (Forms and Fees) Regulations 2020, which was notified in the Gazette on 10th November 2020. These Regulations provide the forms, fees and form of Register of Trademarks. Trademark registration is important as it gives the owner the right to use a mark in respect of goods and services covered by it. This will in effect prevent the unauthorised use of a trademark.

 


 Way Forward

 

  • The Division is taking all relevant steps to strengthening intellectual property rights, administration and management. This is to ensure that there is ease of access to applicants and stakeholders alike.
  • The Division will continue to endeavour to ensure timely delivery of intellectual property services by strengthening its manpower. Further, the Division is working on creating a digital environment for improved functioning and service delivery. 
  • The positions under the Division are new creations. It is envisaged that appointees to the posts in the Division will undergo training and capacity building that can be accessed through WIPO.
  • Public awareness of the importance of intellectual property rights will be facilitated by the Division so that the people know the process on how to register an invention or creation as well as a product mark.