Brunei

Brunei

Official language: Malay

Population: 415,717 (2013)

Economic snapshot: Third largest oil producer in Southeast Asia and fourth largest LNG producer in the world

IP snapshot: Signatory to major IP conventions/ agreements

 

STRUCTURE OF ECONOMY:

Oil and gas (petrochemical industrial processing).

IP CONVENTIONS:

Paris Convention, Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of Microorganisms for the Purposes of Patent Procedure, Patent Cooperation Treat (PCT), Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS).

TYPES OF PATENTS:

National Patents (Term: 20 years from filing date).

FILING REQUIREMENTS FOR PCT APPLICATIONS:

Filing language – English, National Phase Entry Deadline is 30 months from priority date, PCT details, Declaration of Entitlement (if Applicant not inventor).

NOVELTY:

Absolute

ACCELERATED/EXPEDITED EXAMINATION:

  1. Relying on granted claims of a selected foreign corresponding application.
  2. ASEAN Patent Examination Cooperation (ASPEC).

NON-PATENTABLE SUBJECT MATTER:

  1. Methods of treatment of the human or animal body by surgery or therapy or of diagnosis practices on the human body. (Second medical use inventions are patentable).