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28 April 2003
A new Industrial Property Code, adopted by Decree-Law 36/2003, has been published in Portugal and will come in force on July 1 2003.
As stated in the preamble of the decree, an updated, modern and effective code has been introduced in order to implement the EU Biotech Directive (98/44/EC) and Design Directive (98/71/EC). In addition, the new code incorporates the rules of the Trade-Related Intellectual Property Rights agreement signed within the framework of the World Trade Organization, of which Portugal has been a full member state since January 1996.
The new code has also taken into consideration the European Commission's most recent proposals on utility models.
It further incorporates the provisions of Decree-Law 106/99, which implements EU Regulations 1768/92 and 1610/96 on the creation of supplementary protection certificates for medicinal products and plant protection products respectively.
Additionally, the new code foresees:
For further information on this topic please contact César Bessa Monteiro at Abreu, Cardigos & Associados by telephone (+351 21 7231800) or by fax (+ 351 21 7231899) or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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César Bessa Monteiro