Intelllectual property

Background information

Focusing on improving the legal and policy framework, Rwanda has recently passed a new Law on Intellectual Property, Law N° 31/2009 of 26/10/2009 and a Policy aimed at promoting intellectual property rights.

The first objective is to contribute to the promotion of technological innovation and to the transfer and dissemination of technology, to the mutual advantage of producers and users of technological knowledge and in a manner conducive to social and economic welfare of population and to a balance of rights.

The second objective is to create a fair and equitable commercial environment by the reduction and the prevention of distortions and impediments to free trade and to set up principles, rules and disciplines dealing with trade in counterfeit goods.

The Ministry of Trade and Industry has also helped Rwandan artists to get organized in a process to set up a Organisation for collective management of their intellectual property rights.

The Law on the protection of intellectual property provides in its Article 253 that the use and management of copyrights, rights of performers, of phonogram producers and of broadcasting organisations shall be entrusted to one or many private companies of collective management of copyrights and related rights.

The new Rwandan Society of Authors (RSAU) has been inaugurated and it is already registered at Rwanda Development Board (No.1538 /10/NYR).

Sensitization campaigns have been carried out to motivate creators and inventors at different levels to get their properties registered and so far the following certificates have been granted by the Office of the Registrar General: 232 Patents of invention, 45 Industrial designs, 7025trademarks and 291 Copyrights.

Rwanda is interested with the regional and international integration in the field of intellectual property. The Law authorising ratification of the membership of Rwanda to the Africa Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) has been approved by the cabinet (both chambers) and the process of signing the instrument of accession is ongoing.

Furthermore, the ratification laws authorizing Rwanda to become a member of The Madrid Agreement, The Hague Agreement and the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) have been approved and are already published in Official gazette. The process of signing the instruments of ratification thereof is ongoing.

MINICOM achievements in Intellectual Property in 2009-2010

Starting with the legal and policy framework, Rwanda has recently passed a new Law on Intellectual Property, Law N° 31/2009 of 26/10/2009 and a Policy aimed at promoting intellectual property rights. The first objective is to contribute to the promotion of technological innovation and to the transfer and dissemination of technology, to the mutual advantage of producers and users of technological knowledge and in a manner conducive to social and economic welfare of population and to a balance of rights. The second objective is to create a fair and equitable commercial environment by the reduction and the prevention of distortions and impediments to free trade and to set up principles, rules and disciplines dealing with trade in counterfeit goods.

Exhibition of some artistic works during the celebration of World Intellectual property Day 2010.

The Ministry of Trade and Industry has also helped Rwandan artists to get organized and there is a process to set up a society for collective management of their intellectual property rights. The Law on the protection of intellectual property provides in its Article 253 that the use and management of copyrights, rights of performers, of phonogram producers and of broadcasting organisations shall be entrusted to one or many private companies of collective management of copyrights and related rights.The new Rwandan Society of Authors (RSAU) has been inaugurated and it is already registered at Rwanda Development Board (No.1538 /10/NYR).

Exhibition of utility models resulting from creativity and inventions of local R&D Institutions

Sensitization campaigns have been carried out to motivate creators and inventors at different levels to get their properties registered and so far the following certificates have been granted by the Office of the Registrar General: 232 Patents of invention, 45 Industrial designs, 7025trademarks and 291 Copyrights.

Rwanda is interested with the regional and international integration in the field of intellectual property. The Law authorising ratification of the membership of Rwanda to the Africa Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) has been approved by the cabinet (both chambers) and the process of signing the instrument of accession is ongoing.

Furthermore, the ratification laws authorizing Rwanda to become a member of The Madrid Agreement, The Hague Agreement and the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) have been approved and are already published in Official gazette. The process of signing the instruments of ratification thereof is ongoing.

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