Population: 899,000 (est. 2012)
Official Language: English
Area: 18,300 km2
Currency: Fijian Dollar (FJD)
Legal System: English common law
Protection of IP Rights in Fiji
Spruson & Ferguson is able to assist clients with protection of their patents, trade marks and designs in Fiji. The Republic of Fiji has its own independent intellectual property system in place meaning stand-alone patent and trade mark applications can be registered through the Fijian Patent Office. Fiji also accepts registration of existing, corresponding UK applications.
Registration and Protection of Patents in Fiji
Two types of patent applications can be sought in Fiji. The first being a national Fijian patent application and the second a registration of a UK patent (including a validated EP (UK) patent) in Fiji within three years of the date of issue of the UK patent.
Registration and Protection of Trade Marks in Fiji
There are two types of trade mark registration systems in Fiji. Firstly, registration may be independent, that is stand-alone and not based on an existing foreign registration. Secondly, registration may be based on an existing, corresponding United Kingdom registration.
Filing Requirements in Fiji
- The Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works
- Convention for the Protection of Producers of Phonograms Against Unauthorized Duplication of Their Phonograms
- Rome Convention for the Protection of Performers, Producers of Phonograms and Broadcasting Organizations
- Convention establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization