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Mauritius Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property law or IP law as it is more often referred to is the Legal entitlement in connection with creative ideas and works such as literary works, artistic works, designs and inventions.  Theft of a person’s idea or copying of a person’s work is not generally taken as seriously as theft of a person’s TV or phone, hence the need for IP law to protect this.

The World Intellectual Property Convention of 1968 defines IP as including;

- Literary, artistic and scientific works
- Performances of performing artists, phonograms and broadcasts
- Inventions in all fields of human endeavour
- Scientific discoveries
- Industrial designs
- Trademarks, service marks and commercial names and designations
- Protection against unfair competition, and
- All other rights resulting from intellectual activity in the industrial, scientific, literary or artistic fields

Mauritius has numerous Acts in place for the protection of Intellectual Property.  Mauritius also has a number of departments each responsible processing and protecting Intellectual Property.  It is a member of the World Intellectual Property Organisation and signatory to the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property, the Universal Copyright Convention and the Berne Convention as well as various regional and local organisations so is party to a number of international and local treaties.

As Intellectual Property is becoming increasingly recognised as an economic asset Mauritius has recognised the need for increased protection in order to strengthen sectors of its economy.  Its ambition is to have a legal environment that is internationally respected and keeps abreast of evolving trends.

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