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Aminiasi Vulaono

Aminiasi Vulaono is a partner of Siwatibau and Sloan and practices in the areas of commercial law, Intellectual Property and commercial litigation.

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Legal Alert: Fiji accedes to the Paris Convention for the protection of Industrial Property - 20 October 2023

Oct 20, 2023 / by Aminiasi Vulaono posted in Pacific Islands Intellectual Property Law, Intellectual Property Law, Intellectual Property Law Fiji, Paris Convention Fiji

Fiji formally deposited the instruction of accession to the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) in Geneva on 20 October 2023.
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Aug 24, 2021 / by Aminiasi Vulaono posted in Fiji Intellectual Property Law, Pacific Islands Intellectual Property Law, Fiji commercial law, Fiji commercial lawyers, IP Law Fiji, Patents Fiji, Intellectual Property Law, IP attorneys Fiji, Intellectual Property Law Fiji, Trademarks Fiji, IP Law, Intellectual Property Lawyers Pacific, Intellectual Property Attorneys Fiji

After more than 70 years, the Parliament of Fiji on 19 August 2021 tabled and passed the following Bills now referred to as Acts of Parliament:

  • Trade Marks Act 2021 (repeals the Trade Marks Act 1933 and the Merchandise Marks Act 1933 and adopts the Nice Classification and makes provisions for the Madrid Protocol).
  • Patents Act 2021 (repeals the Patent Act 1879 and its subsidiary legislation).
  • Designs Act 2021 (repeals the United Kingdom Designs (Protection) Act 1936.

The passing of these Acts is a giant leap forward for Fiji’s Trade Mark, Patent and Design laws as they become more aligned and compliant to international standards and practices. We take a brief look at the changes in this update, and will continue to provide more updates when the legislation is in force.

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