Population: 183,000 (est. 2012)
Languages: Samoan, English
Area: 2,944 km2
Currency: Tala (WST)
Legal System: Based on English Common law
Protection of IP Rights in Samoa
Samoa’s new Intellectual Property Act came into effect on 1 October 2012.
Registration and Protection of Patents
There are two types of patent applications in Samoa, those being standard Samoan patent applications (whether or not claiming ‘informal’ Paris Convention priority) and innovation patents (lower level of inventiveness – similar to an Australian innovation patent).
Registration and Protection of Trade Marks
Samoan trade mark applications can be lodged directly with the Ministry of Commerce Industry and Labour. Samoa is not a member of the Madrid Protocol. Spruson & Ferguson engages with trusted local agents in Samoa on behalf of our clients.
- Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property
- Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works