Mozambique approves new Industrial Property Code

28 December 2015

The government of Mozambique has approved a new Industrial Property Code, announced the Minister of Industry and Trade, Max Tonela, after a Cabinet meeting last week.

The minister recalled that the new code aims to regulate the legal framework established in Mozambique for registration and protection of industrial property, including patents for inventions, trademarks and industrial designs, among others.

Tonela said approval of the document seeks to harmonise the legal framework on industrial property in Mozambique with similar international instruments, given that Mozambique is a member of the Regional Industrial Property Organisation and the World Intellectual Property Organisation.

The minister cited by Mozambican news agency AIM, said the new code would also facilitate the process of legal records to protect and encourage technological innovation and contribute to the improvement of the business climate in the country.

The minister also said the industrial property bulletin, previously published on a bi-monthly basis, would now be published monthly, which would speed up the process of Industrial Property Protection. (macauhub/MZ)