The Minister of Commerce Industry and Labour the Honourable Lautafi Fio Selafi Purcell has submitted Samoa’s accession documents to the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) for three agreements.
Samoa now joins the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), the Geneva Act to Hague Agreement (GHA) and the Geneva Act to the Lisbon Agreement (GLA).
Lautafi presented Samoa’s applications to the Director General of WIPO, Dr. Francis Gurry at a ceremony held last night in Geneva.
Samoa’s accession to these Agreements will simplify and make the international registration of inventions, industrial designs, geographical indications and appellations of origin affordable for all users.
The intention of Samoa’s accession to these agreements is that local businesses can now better protect their intellectual property interests in overseas markets and in countries that are members of these agreements.
The PCT accession will create opportunities for capacity building of registry staff and local scientists from the National University of Samoa Science Faculty and the Scientific Research Organisation of Samoa under a memorandum of understanding with the Registry of Companies and Intellectual Properties (MCIL).
It will also open up opportunity for research students to further enhance the development of local industries and the private sector.
GHA will open doors for the protection and development of local designs which includes local elei designs and other local cultural products.
GLA will see the development and promotion of Samoan Brands which will operate to distinguish Samoan products originating from Samoa and also prevent the use of local names that will have an impact on local products protected as geographical indications and appellations of origin.
WIPO has assured the Government of Samoa that it will provide the necessary support to ensure the successful implementation of these Agreements to guarantee their successful utilization to benefit local businesses including the cultural industries.
The Minister would like to thank all stakeholders from the private sector, the community the public sector as well as WIPO for all their support and contributions during stakeholder consultations which has brought these accessions to a reality.
The Samoa delegation lead by the Honourable Lautafi Fio Selafi Purcell, includes the Registrar and Deputy Registrar of Companies and Intellectual Properties Mr. Pulotu Lyndon Chuling and Mr. Houlton Faasau. The General Assemblies concludes next Wednesday 9th October 2019.