Francis Gurry led WIPO as Director General from October 1, 2008 to September 30, 2020.

Samoa Joins WIPO’s International IP Systems for Patents, Industrial Designs and Geographical Indications

October 2, 2019

Samoa has deposited its instruments of accession for key treaties underpinning three of WIPO’s international IP systems - for patents, industrial designs and geographical indications.

Video: WIPO Director General welcomes Samoa's accession to three key WIPO IP services

WIPO Director General Francis Gurry received from Samoa’s Minister for Commerce, Industry and Labor Lautafi Fio Selafi Purcell the instruments of accession for the Patent Cooperation Treaty, the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement for the International Registration of Industrial Designs and the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement for the international registration of appellations of origin and geographical indications.

Patent Cooperation Treaty

Samoa is the 153rd contracting party of the Patent Cooperation Treaty, which assists applicants in seeking patent protection internationally for their inventions, helps patent Offices with their patent granting decisions, and facilitates public access to a wealth of technical information relating to those inventions. By filing one international patent application under the PCT, applicants can simultaneously seek protection for an invention in a very large number of countries. The PCT enters into force in Samoa on January 2, 2020.

Hague System

Samoa is the 62nd contracting party  of the Geneva Act (1999) of the Hague Agreement and the 72nd member of the Hague Union, which form the Hague System that offers design protection in the territories of up to 89 countries through a single international application and set of fees.  The entry into force for Samoa is January 2, 2020.

Lisbon System

Samoa has joined the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement on Appellations of Origin and Geographical Indications. The Geneva Act provides producers of quality products linked to origin with faster and cheaper access to the international protection of their products' distinctive designations. It further develops the legal framework of the Lisbon System, which helps promote many globally marketed products such as, for example, Darjeeling tea and Café de Colombia.

The Geneva Act will enter into force after the accession of five eligible parties.