Parliament Enacts Patent & Industrial Act 2011
The Parliament of Sierra Leone, Tuesday 4th September 2012, after a week long debate on the importance of the Patent & Industrial Act 2011, finally enacted it.
The Bill which is known as the Patent and Industrial Act 2011 is an Act to provide promotion of inventors and innovative activities and facilitates the acquisition of technology through the grant and regulations of patent and industrial design and other related matters.
Speaking on the importance of the Bill, the Hon. Member of Parliament representing the All People’s Party (APC) at Constituency 99, Hon. Alimamy G. Kargbo in a brief interview told Sierra Express Media that the Bill is a non controversial law. He said that this Bill will serve as a deterrent to duplicators that will intend to imitate the initiative of some other inventors of which this Bill will impose penalties to those imitators that may undermine the effort of the ideas of inventors which will make them lose financially.
While Honorable Nuru Deen Sankoh representing Constituency 105 of the ruling APC stated that the Bill is nice and a good one that gears towards the protection of the providers, adding that this will also prevent and give confidence to the outsiders to come to the country to invest innovative businesses as there is a law now to protect them from imitators towards their products.
In another development towards the enactment of this Bill, Hon. Eric Jumu of the opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) of Constituency 74 in the Tinkonko Chiefdom in Bo District, during the Parliamentary debates, stated that the Bill is a lovely one and that Sierra Leoneans need to come together to achieve international standards for best practice. He also stated that there is what is called the Paris Convention, of which Sierra Leone is a signatory, that seeks to protect and prevent what he call Aribo Protocol, that talks about incorporating this law as a mechanism towards international best practices, he concluded.
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