The Cabinet, on Monday, has approved the draft of “The Bangladesh Patent Act 2016”. Enactment of this new Patent Act will see the century old Patent and Designs Act repealed. The Department of Patents, Designs and Trademarks (DPDT) under the Ministry of Industries, has been working on this draft law for more than 10 years and it is a matter of relief that DPDT is making some meaningful effort to enact the said draft law. It may be noted that DPDT sent the draft Act to the Cabinet for its approval, prior to any stakeholder’s consultation. However, DPDT is yet to share the draft Act on its website thereby giving an opportunity to the stakeholders to know the provisions of the new law that is going to be passed by the Parliament for enactment.
Mohammad Safiul Alam, the Cabinet Secretary, said that the said Act of 2016 has been drafted by keeping consistency with the Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS). He said there are 7 chapters and 29 sections in the draft law and that issues of the previous law have been more specified. The Cabinet Secretary’s statement however leaves the stakeholders to wonder as to the fate of the provisions relating to the design law. Nevertheless, the stakeholders expect that the new patent law will act as an enabling instrument to promote and protect the inventions of the local innovators as well as allow foreign inventions register their patents in Bangladesh.