Lao People's Democratic Republic

Law No. 08/NA of December 24, 2007, on Intellectual Property

Year of Version:2008
Date of Entry into Force:April 14, 2008
Date of Text (Enacted):December 24, 2007
Type of Text:Main IP Laws: enacted by the Legislature
Subject Matter:Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Copyright and Related Rights (Neighboring Rights), Enforcement of IP and Related Laws, Geographical Indications, IP Regulatory Body, Industrial Designs, Industrial Property, Layout Designs of Integrated Circuits, Patents (Inventions), Plant Variety Protection, Trade Names, Trademarks, Traditional Cultural Expressions, Undisclosed Information (Trade Secrets), Utility Models
Notes:At present, there is no copyright law in Laos. However, a draft copyright law was developed in 2005.
In addition to this, an Intellectual Property law including copyright and related rights, which is based on the WIPO model law and the requirements of the TRIPS Agreement, was in preparation with promulgation expected in 2010.
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WIPO Lex No.:LA010