Tuesday, November 21 2023   \  Published by Lysaght .

Joining The World Stage for Patents - Jamaica and The PCT

Joining The World Stage for Patents - Jamaica and The PCT

In 2020, Jamaica finally modernised its archaic patent and designs laws, by approving the new Patents & Designs Act, 2020. The new Act repealed those old laws, which dated back to 1857 and 1937 respectively, and its introduction on 10th February 2022 brought about some significant changes to Jamaica’s patent and design landscapes.

Jamaica also became the 154th PCT member state with effect from the same date. From this date, the PCT system has been available to applicants for the registration of patents in Jamaica. As the Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Dr. the Hon. Norman Dunn, commented at the time, the new Patents and Designs Act “has brought the intellectual property framework of Jamaica into the 21st century, opening new sources of international revenue for Jamaican inventors.” He also mused that Jamaica’s accession to the PCT will lead to significant progress in strengthening the country’s innovation ecosystem and gross domestic product, and that it “brings Jamaican creators within the world’s reach.” Read more

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