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South Sudan: How are IP Rights enforced?

January 14, 2012

Following the separation of South Sudan, the Transitional Constitution of the country is now in place. The Constitution states that “all current Laws of South Sudan shall remain in force and all current institutions shall continue to perform their functions and duties, unless new actions are taken in accordance with the provisions of this Constitution”. Schedule “A” of the Constitution places Intellectual Property under the exclusive legislative and executive powers of the National Government. However, until now, there are no laws related to the protection and enforcement of Intellectual Property in the country and no decisions have been issued in this regard. The new government is expected to be committed to protect all intellectual property rights mainly through the South Sudan Investment Authority (SSIA) which is the office responsible for the development of international investments laws, including specific laws which stipulate provisions on the protection of industrial and intellectual property rights. We will keep you updated in due course.

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