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The Jamaican Intellectual Property Office Act

 

 


JAMAICA INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OFFICE

THE JAMAICA INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OFFICE ACT

ARRANGEMENT OFSECTIONS

Financial Provisions, Annual Report

6. Funds and resources of the Oflice.

  1. Borrowing powers.

  2. Advances and grants to Oflice.

  3. Repayment of and interest on advances and sums issued to meet guarantee.

  4. General financial duties.

  5. Accounts and Audit.

  6. Annual report and estimates.

  7. Exemption from customsduty. etc.

  8. Exemption from income tau. transfer tax. stamp duty, fees.

Advisoy Board

  1. Advisory Board.

  2. Functions of Advisory Board.

General

  1. Secrecy.

  2. Regulations.

scHEDuLE;s.

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THE JAMAICA INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY 25 of2001. OFFICE ACT

[Ist February, 2002.1

Preliminary

  1. This Act may be cited as the Jamaica Intellectual Property Shorttitle. Ofice Act.

  2. In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires- Interpreta-"Board" means the Advisory Board established under tion. section 15; "Executive Director" means the Executive Director of the Ofice appointed under paragraph 2 of the First First Schedule; Schedule. "functions" includes powers and duties; "Ofice" means the Jamaica Intellectual Property Ofice

established under section 3; *Irelevant law" means-

(a)The Copyright Act;

(b)
The Designs Act;
(c)
The Layout Designs (Topographies) Act;
(d)
The Merchandise Marks Act;
(e)
The Patents Act; v) The Trade Marks Act; or
(g)
any other enactment relating to the conferment of or protection and administration of intellectual property rights.

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Establishment of Ofice.

First Schedule.

Functions of mice.

Ministerial directions.

Funds and resourcesof the Office.

Establishmerit arid Fimctioris of OfJice

3.-( 1) There is hereby established a body to be known as the Jamaica Intellectual Property Office which shall be a body corporate to which the provisions of section 28 of the Interpretation Act shall apply.

(2) The provisions of the First Schedule shall have effect as to the constitution of the Office and otherwise in relation thereto.

4. It shall be the duty of the Ofice to-

(a)
administer all relevant laws;
(b)
advise the Minister on matters relating to the administration of such laws;
(c)
promote the progressive development of intellectual property rights in Jamaica;

(6)carry out such other fbnctions relating to intellectual property rights as the Minister, after consultation with the Executive Director, may determine;

(e) exercise any power and perform any hnction conferred on it by or under this Act or any relevant law, and to do all such other things as in the opinion of the Office are necessary or incidental to the proper performance of its hnctions.

5. The Minister may give to the Office such directions of a general nature, as to the policy to be followed by the Oflice in the performance of its hnctions under this Act and under any relevant law, as the Minister considers necessary in the public interest, and the Office shall give effect to those directions.

Financial Provisions, Annual Report

6. The funds and resources of the Ofice shall consist of-

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such sums as may be provided by Parliament for the Ofice in the annual estimates of revenue and expenditure;

such sums as may be allocated from time to time to the

Ofice from loan funds;

any property, mortgages, debentures, or investments acquired by or vested in the Office, and any moneys earned or arising therefrom;

sums borrowed by the Office for the purpose of meeting any of its obligations or discharging any of its fbnctions;

revenues derived from charges imposed by the Ofice for the use of any facility or service provided by it;

revenue from registration or other fees charged

consequent on the administration of the relevant laws;

all other sums or property which may in any manner become payable to or vested in the Office in respect of any matter incidental to its functions.

7.--(1) Subject to the provisions of subsection (2), the Office Mowing

powers.

may borrow sums required by it for meeting any of its obligations or discharging any of its functions.

(2)
The power of the Ofice to borrow shall be exercisable only with the approval of the Minister responsible for finance, as to the amount, as to the sources of borrowing and as to the terms on which borrowing may be effected.
(3)
An approval given in any respect for the purposes of this section may be either general or limited to a particular borrowing or otherwise, and may be either unconditional or subject to conditions.

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Advances and grants to Office.

Repayment of and interest on advances and sums issued to meet guarantee.

General financial duties.

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8.-(1) The Minister may from time to time make advances and grants to the Office, out of sums placed upon the estimates of revenue and expenditure for the purpose and approved by the House of Representatives.

(2) With the approval of the House of Representatives, the Minister responsible for finance may guarantee, in such manner and on such conditions as he thinks fit, the payment of the principal and interest on any authorized borrowing of the Office made otherwise than by way of advance under subsection

(1).

(3) Where the Minister responsible for finance is satisfied that there has been default in the repayment of any principal moneys or interest guaranteed under the provisions of this section, he shall direct the repayment out of the Consolidated Fund of the amount in respect of which there has been such default.

9. The Ofice shall make to the Accountant-General, at such times and in such manner as the Minister responsible for finance may direct, payments of such amounts as may be so directed in or towards repayment of advances made to the Office under section 8, and of any sums issued in hlfilment of any guarantee given thereunder, and payments of interest on what is outstanding for the time being in respect of such advances and of any sums issued at such rate as the Minister aforesaid may direct, and different rates of interest may be directed as respects different advances or sums and as respects interest for different periods.

lO.-(l) It shall be the duty of the Office to conduct its affairs so as to ensure that its revenue (including any grant towards revenue made to it in pursuance of section 8) is not less than sufficient to meet charges properly chargeable to revenue account, taking one year with another.

(2) Moneys standing to the credit of the Office may from time to time be invested in securities approved either generally or specifically by the Minister; and the Ofice may, from time to time, with the like approval, sell all or any of such securities.

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11.--(1) The Ofice shall keep accounts and other records in

ACCW~~S

and Audit.

relation to its business, and shall prepare annually a statement of accounts in a form satisfactory to the Minister, being a form which shall conform with established accounting principles.

(2)
The accounts of the Oflice shall be audited annually by auditors appointed by the Ofice and approved by the Minister.
(3)
So soon as the accounts of the Ofice have been audited, the Ofice shall send the statement of its accounts to the Minister together with a copy of the auditor's report thereon.
(4)
The Auditor-General shall be entitled at all times to examine the accounts and other records in relation to the Ofice.

12.41) The Ofice shall, within three months after the ~mnral end of each financial year, or within such longer period as rmEd the Minister may in special circumstances allow, cause to be made, and transmit to the Minister, a report dealing generally with the activities of the Ofice during the preceding financial year.

(2)
The Minister shall cause copies of the report together with copies of the statement of accounts and the auditor's report thereon to be laid on the Table of the House of Representatives and of the Senate.
(3)
The Ofice shall, before a date specified by the Minister, submit to the Minister for his approval, estimates of revenue and expenditure for the ensuing financial year.

13. No customs duty, tax under the General Consumption ~xemptim Tax Act or other similar impost shall be payable upon any zom article imported into Jamaica, taken out of bond in Jamaica, or duty,&c. purchased in Jamaica, by the Ofice and shown to the satisfaction of the Commissioner of Customs to be required for the use of the Ofice in the performance of its fbnctions.

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Exemption

14.-(I) The income of the Office shall be exempt from

korn income

tax. transfer income tax.

tax. stamp

duty, fees. (2) The Ofice shall be exempt from that portion of

stamp duty, and fiom recording and registration fees which

would otherwise be payable by it in respect of any instrument

executed by it or on its behalf.

(3) There shall be exempt fiom taxation under the Transfer Tax Act any transfer by the Office of property belonging to it or any right or interest created in, over or otherwise with respect to such property.

Advisory Board

Advisory 15.-(1) There shall be established for the purposes of this Board.

Act, an Advisory Board.

Second (2) The provisions of the Second Schedule shall have Schedule.

effect as to the constitution of the Advisory Board and otherwise in relation thereto.

Functions of 16. The fhctions of the Advisory Board shall be-

Advisory

Board.

(a)
to consider and to advise the Minister on all matters of general policy relating to intellectual property rights;
(b)
to advise the Ofice in relation to the implementation of government policy on intellectual property rights.

General

Secrecy. 17.-(1) Every officer and servant of the Ofice or of the Advisory Board shall preserve and aid in preserving secrecy with regard to all matters relating to the affairs of the Ofice that may come to his knowledge in the course of his duties.

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(2)
An officer or servant of the Oflice or of the Board shall not without lawfbl authority publish or communicate to any person otherwise than in the ordinary course of his employment any information acquired by him in the course of his employment.
(3)
Any person who contravenes this section commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction in a Resident Magistrate’s Court to a fine not exceeding five hundred thousand dollars or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year.

18. The ORce with the approval of the Minister may make Regulations. regulations for the better carrying out of the purposes of this

Act.

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FIRSTSCHEDULE (Sections2 and 3)

Constitutionof Jamaica Intellectual Property Office

Constitution

1. The Office shall consist of the Executive Director and such number of

of Office.

Deputy Directors as may be appointed pursuant to this Schedule.

Appointment

241) There shall be an Executive Director of the Office, who, subject to

of Executive

Director. the provisions of this Act, shall be appointed by the Wer from among persons appearing to the Minister to be qualified as having experience of and shown capacity in matters relating to intellectual property rights.

(2)
The Executive Director shall be responsible for the day-today management and operation of the Office and for the execution of the policy of the Office.
(3)
The appointment of the Executive Director shall be for a period of not less than three years nor more than seven years and the person so appointed shall be eligible for re-appointment.

(4)The Minister may at any time revoke the appointment of the Executive Director if he is satisfied that the Executive Director is guilty of neglect of duty, inefficiency, incompetence, misconduct or malfeasance.

Appointment 3.-(1) The Minister may, subject to the provisions of this Schedule,

of Deputy

appoint so many Deputy Directors as he thinks necessary for the proper

Directors.

carrying out of the functions of the Office.

(2)
One of the Deputy Directors shall exercise the functionsassigned to the Registrar under the relevant laws and shall be designated the Registrar of Industrial Property.
(3)
The appointment of a Deputy Director shall be for a period of not less than three years nor more than seven years and the person so appointed shall be eligible for re-appointment.

(4)The Minister may at any time revoke the appointment of a Deputy Director if he is satisfied, atter consultation with the Executive Director, that the Deputy Director is guilty of neglect of duty, inefficiency, incompetence, misconductor malfeasance.

Tanporary 4. The Minister may appoint any person qualified for appointment as

appointment.

Executive Director or Deputy Director, as the case may require, to act temporarily in the place of the Executive Director or Deputy Director in the case of the absence or inability to act of the incumbent.

Resignations. 5.-(1) The Executive Director may at any time resign his office by instrument in writing addressed to the Minister and such resignation shall take effect as from the date of the receipt of such instrument by the Minister.

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FrRsT SCHEDULE, wntd.

(2). Any Deputy Director may at any time resign his office by instnunent in writing addressed to the Minister and transmitted through the Executive Director, and the resignation shall have effect from the date of the receipt of the instnunent by the Minister.

6. The name of any person appointed as Executive Director or Deputy Publication. Director shallbe published in the Gazette.

7.-(1) The Office shall meet at such times as may be necessary or 7 ement for the transaction of business, and such meetings shall be held at meetings, such places and times and on such days as the Office shall determine.

(2)
The Executive Director may at any time call a special meeting of the Office, and shall call a special meeting to be held within seven days of a written request for that purpose addressed to him by any Deputy Director.
(3)
The Executive Director, or in the case of the absence or inability to act of the Executive Director,, a Deputy Director shall preside at the meetings of the Office and when so presiding the Executive Director or the Deputy Director, as the case may be, shall have an original and a casting vote.
(4)
The quonun of meetings of the office shall be two or such higher numberasthe Officeshalldetennine.
(5)
Subject to the provisions of this Schedule, the Office may regulate its own proceedings.

(6)The validity of any proceedings of the Office shall not be af€ected by any vacancy amongst the members thereof or by any defect in the appointment of a member thereof.

8. There shall be paid to the Executive Director and any Deputy Director Remuera-suchremuneration (whether by way of salaries or travelling or other tionol‘ allowances), as the Minister may determine with the prior approval of the members. Cabinet

9.-(1) A member who is in any way directly or indirectly interested in a Declaration contract made or proposed to be made by the Office, or in any other matter ofinterest whatsoever which falls to be considered by the Office, shall disclose the ztEmbm nature of his interest at a meeting of the Office and the disclosure shall be office, reoorded in the minutesof the meeting and the member shall not-

(a)
in the caseof a contract, take part in any deliberation or decision oftheOffice with respect to the contract; and
(b)
in the case ofpy other matter, take part in any deliberation or decision of the ofiice with respect to the matter, if the Office decides that the interest in question might affect prejudicially the mepber’s consideration of the matter.

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Appointment of stair

FIRSTSCHEDIILE.

confd.

(2) A notice given by a member at a meeting of the Office to the effect that he is a member of a particular body or firm and is to be regarded as interested in any contract which is made after the date of the notice with the body or firm shall. for the purposes of sub-paragraph (I). be a sufficient disclosure of his interest in relation to any contract so made.

10.-(1) The seal of the office shall be authenticated by the signature of the Executive Director. Deputy Director or other officer duly authorized by the Executive Director in that behalf and shall be judicially noticed.

(2) Alldocuments. other than those required by law to be under seal. made by. and all decisions of. the Office shall be signified under the hand of the Executive Director. any Deputy Director or any other officer of the Office authorized to act in that behalfby the Executive Director.

11.41) The office shall appoint and employ at such remuneration and on such terms and conditionsas it thinks fit such other officers. servants and agents as it thinks necessary for the proper carrying out of its hctions.

(2) Except with the prior approval of the Mnister-

(a) no salary in excess of the prescribed rate shall be assigned to any

post.

(6) no appointment shall be made to any post to which a salary in excess of the prescribed rate is assigned.

(3)
In sub-paragraph (2) the prescribed rate means one million dollarsor such higher rate as may be approved by the Minister by order.
(4)
The Governor-Generalmay. subject to such conditions as he may impose. approve the appointment of any officer in the seMce of the Government,lo any office with the Office and any officer so appointed shall. while so employed, in relation to any pension, gratuity or other allowance. and in relation to other rights as a public officer. be treated as continuing in the seMce of the Government.

(5) The officemay, with the approval of the Minister-

(a)
enter into arrangements respecting schemes whether by way of insurancepolicies or not: or
(b)
make regulations for pensions, gratuities and other rething or disability or death benefits-

relating to members and employees of the office and such arrangements or regulationsmay include provisions for the grantof benefitsto the dependents and legal personal representatives of such members or employees.

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12.41) No action. suit, prosecution or other proceedings shall be brought or instituted personally against any member of the Office in respect of any act done bonafide in pursuance or execution or intended execution of tlus Act.

(2) Where any member of the Office is exempt from liability by reason only of the provisions of this paragraph the Oflice shall be liable to the exTent that it would be if the said member were a senant or agent of the Office.

SECOSD SCHEDULE (Section 15)

ConstitutionofAdvison, Board

1.-(1) The Board shall consist of such number of persons ("the appointed members") being not less than ten nor more than fifteen as the Wster may from time to time appoint and-

(a)
two shall be persons appearing to the Minister to be representativesof the music industry in Jamaica;
(b)
one shallbe a person appearing to the Minister to be representative of authors in Jamaica;
(c)
one shallbe a person appearing to the Minister to be representative of the computer software industry in Jamaica;
(d)
one shallbe a person appearing to the Minister to be representative of inventors and innovators in Jamaica;
(e)
one shallbe a person appearing to the Minister to be representative of publishers in Jamaica.
(2)
The Executive Director shall be a member ex oflcio of the Board and may designate a nominee in the case of the absence or inability of the Executive Director to act.

2. The Minister may appoint any person to act temporarily in the place of any appointed member ofthe Board in the case of the absence or inability to act of such member.

3.-( 1) The Minister shalI appoint one of the members of the Board to be the chairman thereof.

(2) In the case of the absence or inability to act at any meeting ofthe chairman, the members of the Board present at such meeting shall elect one of their number to act as chairmanat that meeting.

4.-(1) The appointment of every appointed member of the Board shall be evidenced by an instrument in writing, and such instrument shall state the period of office of the member which shall not exceed threeyears.

ProtcHion

of membzrs.

Constitution

ofBoard.

T~~~ appointment

Chaim~~

Tenwe of ofice.

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Resignatlm.

Revocation.

Publicationof membership.

Procedureand meetings.

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(2) Every appointed member of the Board shall be eligible for reappointment.

  1. Any appointed member of the Board may at any time resign his ofice by instrument in writing addressed to the Minister and transmitted through the chairman, and from the date of the receipt by the Minister of such instrument such member shall cease to be a member of the Board.

  2. The Minister may terminate the appointment of any member other than the Executive Director if such member-

(a)
becomes of unsound mind or becomes permanently unable to perform his hctions by reason of ill health:
(b)
is convicted and sentenced to a term of imprisonment:

[c) fails without reasonable excuse to carry out any of the fbnctions conferred or imposed on him under tlus Act; or

(d) engages in such activities as are reasonably considered prejudicial to the interest of the Board.

7. The names of dl appointed members of the Board as first constituted and every change in the membership thereof shall be published in the Gazette.

8.-(1) The Board shall meet at such times as may be necessary or expedient for the transaction of business, and such meetings shall be held at such places and times and on such days as the Board shall determine.

(2)
The chairman may at any time call a special meeting of the Board and shall call a special meeting to be held within seven days of a written request for that purpose addressed to him by any two members of the Board.
(3)
The chairman or, in the case of the absence or inability to act of the chauman, the person elected to act as chairman in accordance with the provisions of sub-paragmph (2) of paragraph 3 shall preside at the meetings of the Board, and when so presiding the chairman or the person elected to act as chairman, as the case may be, shall have an origml and a casting vote.
(4)
The quorum of the Board shall be five members of the Board including the chairman or the person elected to act as chairman as aforesaid.
(5)
Subject to the provisions of this Schedule, the Board may regulate its own proceedings.
(6)
Thevalidity of any proceedings of the Board shall not be affected by any vacancy among the members thereof or by any defect in the appointmentof a member thmf.

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9. There shall be paid to the appointed members of the Board such Remunaa-remuneration. ifany. whether by way of salaries. honoraria. travelling or tion of

appointed

other allowancesas the Minister may determine.

mcmbzrs.

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