Brunei - Patent

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On 1 January 2012, the Patents Order 2011 and Patents Rules 2012 came into effect. The Brunei’s Patent Order 2011 replaces the previous re-registration system of Singapore, Malaysia, UK and EP (designating UK) patents and establishes an independent patent system. 

1. Legislations:
Patents Order 2011 and Patents Rules 2012. 

2. Patentability Criteria:
A patent has to fulfil the following conditions in order to claim protection.

  •  new

  •  involves an inventive step

  •  capable of industrial application



3. Utility Innovations:
N/A in Brunei. 

4. Membership:
√ – Paris Convention
√ – PCT 

Any PCT application with international filing date on or after 24 July 2012 may designate Brunei Darussalam (country code – BN) 

5. Rule of Priority:
Paris Convention priority can be claimed in Brunei. 

6. Duration:
The term of a patent granted under the Order shall be 20 years from its filing date. Annual fees shall be payable in respect of the fifth year onwards.

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