From the perspective of Bangladesh, Intellectual Property (IP) law is not new. The law of patent and industrial design in Bangladesh is dated back to 1911. Whereas Copyright act enacted in 2000 repealing 1962 Ordinance. Bangladesh is a member of World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The country ratified Paris Convention regarding the Protection of Industrial Property in 1991 and also the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works in 1999 and a signatory to TRIPS of WTO.
Besides regular practice of lawyers and other professional in searching, filing, publishing and challenging patent, copyright, trademark, design rights, IP rights in respect of information have assumed critical importance and now joined with the mainstream IP works.
A common challenge faced by pharmaceutical products, software, and other digital products is that developing the same requires so much of investment but once the formula is established the end-product can be reproduced easily and cheaply. While application of patent system to software is debatable, every software will qualify for copyright protection. However due to internet, mass copying capabilities has been developed, protection of copyright is a big challenge.
Trade mark registration for local and foreign mark for business and charters of software-based games is a common area of practice where lawyers are actively involved.
We have been engaged in filing and recording all Intellectual Property rights within Bangladesh for more than 6 years. Our ADR, Land & Tribunals Team has expertise in this area.