The legislation governing the functions of the Patents Office consists of primary legislation, Acts and secondary legislation, Rules and Regulations. The Rules and Regulations prescribe the manner in which the relevant provisions of the Acts are to be implemented.
Copies of the Acts, Rules and Regulations may be purchased directly from:
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Fax: 01-6476843 or
IP legislation from other countries
The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) maintains a database called WIPOLEX which is a one-stop search facility available to the public for national laws and treaties on intellectual property (IP) of WIPO, WTO and UN Members. It also features related information which elaborates, analyses and interprets these laws and treaties. It provides streamlined access to reference material of key importance for optimal information on the global IP System.