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  • BIPA law promulgated

BIPA law promulgated

Amelda Stols, Secretarial Manager |

13 September 2016

After many years of planning the Business and Intellectual Property Authority (BIPA) has finally been promulgated. Below is a bit more information about BIPA.

After many years of planning, the Business and Intellectual Property Authority (BIPA) has finally been promulgated. Below is an extract from their website. To get more information please follow the link to their webpage (see below).

“In an effort to improve service delivery and ensure the effective administration of business and intellectual property rights (IPRs) registration, the Business and Intellectual Property Authority (BIPA) has been established under the auspices of the Ministry of Trade and Industry. BIPA is an autonomous entity currently established in terms of Section 21 of the Companies Act, pending the enactment of the enabling legislation to transform it into a fully-fledged agency.

The ease with which an entrepreneur can set up and operate a business and the protection of industrial property rights are important business decisions. To this end, BIPA will be fulfilling a critical function within the Namibian society by solidifying government efforts towards business development in Namibia.

Thus, BIPA’s Key Strategic Objective is to formulate appropriate policy and legislative instruments as well as the setting up of institutional arrangements geared towards providing the requisite business and investment climate and supportive services. The creation of a vibrant and competitive domestic market environment is a crucial part of our operational strategy by which we seek to meet our objectives.”