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.