Acknowledgement of industrial property titles in French Polynesia

Within the framework of the organic law n°2004-192 of February 27, 2004 organizing the autonomy of French Polynesia,

the competence for intellectual property has been transferred to the Polynesian authorities.

This transfer of competence is notably modifying the opposability on the Polynesian territory of French industrial property titles delivered by the French office.

Thus, the Country law n°2013-14 of May 6, 2013 and the order n°1002/CM of July 22, 2013 have settled the conditions of acknowledgment of French industrial property titles in the archipelago as follows:

TITLES FILED :

DETAILS

DEADLINE

Before March 3, 2004 Automatic acknowledgment of French titles without formalities.

X

Between March 3, 2004 and January 31, 2014 The owner must request the acknowledgment of his title :

–          by completing the form of request for an acknowledgment and

–          by paying the corresponding taxes

Before September 1st, 2015

From February 1st, 2014 The owner of a French title will be able to request the extension of the said to French Polynesia when filing the title, by means of payment of the corresponding fee (60€ for a trademark or a design, 300€ for a patent).

X

Second semester 2014 It will be possible to file a Polynesian title (mark, design patent, patent…) directly before the Polynesian government.

X

The procedure of acknowledgment comprises three steps.

At first, the owner of a French title files the form of request for acknowledgment and sends it, with the corresponding tax, to:

Direction Générale des Affaires Economiques

Bâtiment des affaires économiques
Fare Ute – BP 82
98713 PAPEETE – TAHITI

Then, the request of acknowledgment of the industrial property title will be subject of an order issued by the President of French Polynesia.

Finally, the order will be published in the Official Journal of French Polynesia.

Sources : www.inpi.fr ; www.dgae.gov.pf

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