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Legal Basis Laws of Brunei (1984 Ed. Cap. 72)

Emergency (Patents) Order 1999

Patents Order, 2011

Major international and regional treaties signed
  • Paris Convention effective 17 February 2012
  • Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) effective 24 July 2012
  • Budapest Treaty effective 24 July 2012
  • Agreement on Trade Related
  • Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS)
  • ASEAN Framework Agreement on Intellectual Property Cooperation
Costs of obtaining a patent Please contact us at brunei@mirandah.com
Average time to obtain a patent 12 months from PCT national phase entry
42 – 60 months from priority date for Paris C
Official language for patent prosecution English
Non-patentable subject matter
  • (a) Inventions that may encourage offensive, immoral or anti-social behavior
  • (b) Methods of treatment of the human or animal body
Grace period for prior disclosure or sale 12 months
Major prosecution events
Request for search : 13 months from the priority date
Request for Examination : 21 months from the priority date
National phase entry : 30 months from the priority date
Payment of grant fees : 42 months / 60 months
Renewals (after grant) : every year after expiration of 4th year
Filing and prosecution procedures Stage 1: Filing
Stage 2: Formality Examination
Stage 3: Publication
Stage 4: Substantive Examination
Stage 5: Grant
Stage 6: Renewal/ Annuity
Extension of office action deadlines Non-extendible
Necessary document for filing English Specification

Declaration of Authorization

Pharmaceutical Data Exclusivity Laws Not available
Search and Examination Local examination of patents is not compulsory. Search and examination reports established in other countries or during PCT international phase can be relied upon for the purpose of patent grant in Brunei
Opposition term Not available
Term of patent protection 20 years
Patent term extension Available
Restoration of lapsed patent 30 months from the date of lapse
Parallel Imports Available
Other forms of patents (e.g. Petty/innovation patents) Not available
Useful links Brunei Intellectual Property Office (BruIPO)

The Brunei Economic Development Board (BEDB)

Patent Applications

Year Resident Non-Resident Total
2012 19 12 31
2013 22 11 33
2014 14 97 111
2015 9 121  130
Sep 2016 16 50  66

Source: Brunei Intellectual Property Office (BruIPO)