Samoa Joins WIPO’s International IP Systems

Samoa deposited on October 2, 2019 its instruments of accession for key treaties underpinning three of WIPO’s international IP systems – for patents, industrial designs and geographical indications. WIPO Director General Francis Gurry welcomed the deposits by Samoa’s Minister for Commerce, Industry and Labor Lautafi Fio Selafi Purcell to the Patent Cooperation Treaty, the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement for the International Registration of Industrial Designs and the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement on Appellations of Origin and Geographical Indications. Minister Purcell said these accessions are a boon to his country’s efforts to promote innovation.

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