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Information on Major and Emerging Economic Powers
Patent engineering staff specialized in patent affairs

Design/trademark staff specialized in design / trademark affairs

: Kentaro TSURUTA
: Seiichiro OYAMA
: Shuichi GOINO


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Brunei Darussalam



Brunei, located on Borneo, is largely surrounded by Malaysia.


1. Basic Information
Area 5,765 km2
Population 406,000 (2013)
Capital Bandar Seri Begawanhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandar_Seri_Begawan
Ethnic Groups Malay: 65.8%, Chinese: 10.2%, Other: 24.0% (2013)
Languages Official language: Malay. English is also widely used.
Religions Islam (national religion) (67%), Buddhism (13%), Christianity (10%), Other (10%)
Currency Brunei dollar (1 Brunei dollar = approx. 86.6 JPY, as of late Feb. 2015)

Brunei is a founding member of the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement (TPSEP), the precursor to TPP that came into force in 2006. Brunei's main industries are oil and natural gas, of which Japan is the largest importer. In recent years, Brunei has worked to diversify its economy in order to break free from its dependence upon energy resources.



2. Overview of Intellectual Property Rights

Since around 2000, Brunei has been establishing and revising various laws regarding intellectual property in accordance with international standards. In particular, the country overhauled its patent law ("Patent Order") in 2011, transitioning from its previous system of so-called "confirmation patents," which are based on patents in other countries, to a system in which Brunei itself grants patent rights. Furthermore, the country has become a party to a number of intellectual property rights treaties as shown below.

Feb. 21, 1994 Convention Establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization
Jan. 01, 1995 World Trade Organization (WTO) - Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS Agreement)
Aug. 30, 2006 Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works
Feb. 17, 2012 Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property
July 24, 2012 Patent Cooperation Treaty
July 24, 2012 Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of Micro-organisms for the Purposes of Patent Procedure
Dec. 24, 2013 Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs
Jan. 06, 2017 Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks

As can be seen, in recent years Brunei has been making vast improvements to the state of protection of intellectual property rights in the country. In 2013, Brunei was removed from the list of countries monitored under Special 301.

It is possible that these efforts will continue further, as the US is seeking the strengthening of IP rights protection in TPP negotiations.



3. Patent System Overview
出願・審査・登録/公告・審判等
*Patent applications are written in Malay or English
*PCT applications must enter the national phase in 30 months (2 month extension for translation)
*Grace period: 12 months




*Formality examination only; no substantive examination.





*Duration of patent rights: 20 years after filing of application (extensions possible)






*Applications for a patent revocation order can be made to the Intellectual Property Office.


4. Design System Overview
出願・審査・登録/公告・審判等
*Systems for partial design, design for a set of articles, and secret design
*Grace period: 6 or 12 months





*Formality examination only; no substantive examination






*Duration of design rights: 5 years after filing of application. Can be renewed twice for a period of 5 years each time.





*System allows petitioning the court for design invalidation.

• After the application is filed, it generally takes about 12 to 18 weeks to have the design registered.


Necessary Documents for Filing Application

  • Application form.
  • Seven sets of written explanations of the design for which the application is to be filed.


5. Trademark System Overview
出願・審査・登録/公告・審判等
*Products, service marks, certification marks, and collective trademarks are subject to protection
*Trademark categories: word trademarks, figurative trademarks, symbol trademarks, three-dimensional trademarks, combined trademarks, color trademarks, and non-traditional trademarks




*Substantive examination performed





*System allows for filing of oppositions before registration. Oppositions may be filed up to three months after publication.
*Duration of trademark rights: 10 years after filing of application. Can be renewed every 10 years.




*System allows petitioning the Intellectual Property Office or the court for trademark invalidation up to 5 years after registration.
*System allows petitioning for revocation of trademark if it is not used for 5 years in Brunei.

• Brunei employs the multi-class application system.

• Renewal period: Within 6 months from the expiration date.


Necessary Documents for Filing Application

  • Application form.
  • Clear copy of the trademark.
  • Name, nationality, and registry address of the Applicant.
  • Designated goods.
  • Written Explanation of colors (if color or a combination of color or a combination of colors is claimed as Trademark.).
  • Official transliteration and translation of the trademark (if the trademark includes a language other than English).
  • Copy of priority certificate (if the application claims priority), and English translation thereof (if the priority certificate is written in a language other than English).


References

•Website of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

•JETRO - "Report on Lower Level Laws and Ordinances in Brunei" (June 2015)

•Trademarks in Brunei Darussalam -General Information (NJQ & Associates) http://njq-ip.com/country/brunei-darussalam/trademarks/

•Want to register your IP? - IP Hall www.iphall.com/

•IP Factsheet: Brunei Darussalam -South-east Asia IPR SME HELPDESK





Patent and Trademark Attorney


Chief
Patent&Trademark Attorney / Specially Qualified Attorney For Infringement Litigation
Specialist
Kentaro TSURUTA
Kentaro TSURUTA Kentaro TSURUTA, born in 1976, obtained a BS of Bio Chemistry from The University of Tokyo. The targets of his research include Molecular development and genome database. His specialty covers Biotechnology and Computer software.

Technologies and the patent system change rapidly. Following the rapid change, I am making every possible effort to help our clients to obtain valuable patent rights.
Tokyo Legal Department Trademark Division Assistant Manager
Patent&Trademark Attorney
Researcher
Shuichi GOINO
Shuichi GOINO Majored in Law

Worked three years as an investigator in the Trademark Division of the Japan Patent Office

Utilizing my experience at the Japan Patent Office, I will strive daily to further improve my skills and make my utmost efforts to provide services for our clients' diverse businesses.
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