Patent Filing Requirements

Patent Filing Requirements

Are you looking to file an application to patent an invention?  Or do you wish to register an industrial design?  If the latter click here. If the former, read on. There are two types of applications that can be filed. One is a convention application and the other is an application entering the nati...

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Trade Mark Filing Requirements

Trade Mark Filing Requirements

Are you considering registering your trade mark?  If so, please find below a list of requirements you will need have handy when requesting us to assist you file a trade mark application with the Papua New Guinea Intellectual Property Office. A. Name of Applicant B. Full Trade or Business Address of ...

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Who We Are

Who We Are

Vai IP is a boutique intellectual property law and consulting firm based in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. Our focus is to provide clients a more efficient and cost effective way in protecting and maintaining their intellectual property rights in Papua New Guinea. Our founder, Mea Vai, is passionat...

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Misleading Advertising

Misleading Advertising

Did you know that it’s an offence for a person or company to publish or cause to be published any unfair statement in any commercial advertisement?  If you didn’t know, you do now! There is one little legislation in Papua New Guinea that covers unfair statements in advertisements which i...

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What Works Are Protected Under PNG Copyright Law

What Works Are Protected Under PNG Copyright Law

Papua New Guinea has existing copyright legislation, namely, the Copyright and Neighboring Rights Act 2000. There is a general tendency for Papua New Guineans to think that copyright only covers music or some form of writing.  For this reason, we’ve tried to list below the kind of works that a...

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Why Register Your Trade Mark?

Why Register Your Trade Mark?

Several years ago a client created this unique product and the initial reception he got from potential customers was “we’ve been waiting for something like this for yonks!”.  The product was a success, it met a demand. Being the creative lad he is, he came up with a catchy brand na...

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What is a Trade Mark?

What is a Trade Mark?

The Papua New Guinea Trade Marks Act Chapter 385 defines a trade mark as a mark used in relation to goods for the purpose of indicating a connection in the course of trade between the goods and a person who has the right, to use the mark. A trade mark is also typically referred to as […]

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Hit Them Where It Hurts The Most

Hit Them Where It Hurts The Most

In my almost two decades experience in intellectual property, I’ve noticed a common practice undertaken by many PNG businesses that find themselves confronted with imported counterfeit products.  The typical approach taken by these local companies is to put out notices in the local daily informing t...

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Cultural Appropriation – The Bilum

Cultural Appropriation – The Bilum

A colleague recently referred me to a product that was being sold on a French fashion website MatchesFashion.com. The product, which appears to come under the brand “The Row” – a US fashion label, is that of a stringed knitted bag much like Papua New Guinea’s iconic stringed bag, t...

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Protecting Your IP In The Pacific Islands

Protecting Your IP In The Pacific Islands

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