MEDIA RELEASE: ATTORNEY-GENERAL WIPO DIRECTOR-GENERAL

The Attorney-General and Minister for Communications met with the Director-General of World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), Mr Francis Gurry on Monday 23 March 2015.

The Director General recognized the progress that Fiji has made and the challenges it faces. Discussions were held regarding the patent and trademark systems.

One of the trademark systems that Fiji intends to look into is the Madrid System which is a one stop solution for the registration and management of trademarks. What this basically means is that international trademark applications can be made from countries outside Fiji, without the need for re-filing in Fiji and vice versa.

The Attorney-General expressed the Fijian Government’s desire to recognize and protect intellectual property and also in relation to indigenous medicine and design within international law. He also discussed the need for increased collaboration between the Fijian Government and WIPO for capacity building in the Fiji Intellectual Property Office.

The Attorney-General stated that assistance from WIPO can assist Fiji to fully adhere to international standards and WIPO laws.

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