Protection of IP Rights in Samoa
In the context of Samoa’s economy and future development, IP has been identified as one of the Government’s Human Resource Development priorities and a key contributor to future national growth. Samoa’s new Intellectual Property Act came into effect on 1 October 2012.
Registration and Protection of Patents
There are two types of patent applications in Samoa, those being standard Samoan patent applications (whether or not claiming ‘informal’ Paris Convention priority) and innovation patents (lower level of inventiveness – similar to an Australian innovation patent).
Registration and Protection of Trade Marks
Samoan trade mark applications can be lodged directly with the Ministry of Commerce Industry and Labour. Samoa is not a member of the Madrid Protocol.
Samoa’s National IP Strategy (NIPS)
The National IP Strategy for Samoa (NIPS) established the necessary strategies for promoting, developing and utilizing IP as a tool for economic development. The NIPS was designed in February 2012 to complement the work on modernizing Samoa’s IP laws and bringing them into line with the requirements of the TRIPS Agreement.
The four strategic goals are:
The Valsen Advantage