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LAWS

 

Main IP Laws: enacted by the Legislature

 

  • Law No. 38/NA of November 15, 2017, on Intellectual Property (2018) (LA)

 

IP-related Laws: enacted by the Legislature

 

  • Law No. 11/NA on Enterprises (2005) (EN)
  • Penal Law (2005) (EN)
  • Customs Law (2005) (EN)
  • Tax Law (2005) (EN)
  • Law on the Promotion of Foreign Investment (2004) (EN)
  • Law on Civil Procedure Law (2004) (EN)
  • Penal Procedure Law (2004) (EN)
  • Decree No. 15 /PMO on Trade Competition (2004) (EN)
  • Law No. 02/NA on Telecommunications (2001) (EN)
  • Law No. 01-98/NA of October 10, 1998, on Agriculture (1998) (EN)
  • Law No. 08/NA on National Heritage (1995) (EN)
  • Law on Property (1990) (EN)

 

IP Laws: issued by the Executive

 

 

  • Decree No. 01/PM of Prime Minister on Patent, Petty Patent and Industrial Designs (2002) (EN)
  • Decree No. 205/PM of October 11, 2001, on Import and Export Management (2001) (EN)
  • Decree No. 105/PO of November 6, 1998, of the President of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic on the Promulgation of the Law on Agriculture (1998)(EN)
  • Decree No. 03/PR of June 20, 1997, on the Preservation of Cultural, Historical and Natural Heritage (1997) (EN)
  • Decree No. 06/PM of Prime Minister on Trademarks Registration (1995) (EN)

 

IMPLEMENTING RULES/REGULATIONS

 

Intellectual Property

 

  • Regulation No. 22/STEA-PMO on the Implementation of Decree on Patent, Petty Patent and Industrial Designs (2003) (EN)
  • Regulation No. 466/STEA-PMO of Prime Minister on the Registration of Trademarks (2002) (EN)

 

TREATY MEMBERSHIP

 

WIPO-Administered Treaties (Entry into force of the Treaty for the Contracting Party

 

Summary Table of Membership of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Treaties Administered by WIPO, plus UPOV, WTO and UN

 

  • Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks (EN)
  • Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works (EN)
  • Patent Cooperation Treaty (EN)
  • Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property (EN)
  • Convention Establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization (EN)

 

IP-related Multilateral Treaties (Entry into force of the Treaty for the Contracting Party)

 

  • Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property (EN)
  • Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity (October 12, 2014) (EN)
  • Agreement establishing the World Trade Organization (WTO) (February 2, 2013) (EN)
  • World Trade Organization (WTO) – Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS Agreement) (1994) (February 2, 2013) (EN)
  • Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (February 26, 2010) (EN)
  • Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (October 25, 2009) (EN)
  • International Convention on the Harmonization of Frontier Controls of Goods (December 29, 2008) (EN)
  • Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions 2005 (February 5, 2008) (EN)
  • International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (May 13, 2007) (EN)
  • WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (December 5, 2006) (EN)
  • Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (September 26, 2006) (EN)
  • International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (June 12, 2006) (EN)
  • International Plant Protection Convention (October 2, 2005) (EN)
  • Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (February 16, 2005) (EN)
  • Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity (November 1, 2004) (EN)
  • Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer (November 19, 1998) (EN)
  • United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (July 5, 1998) (EN)
  • United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in Those Countries Experiencing Serious Drought and/or Desertification, Particularly in Africa (December 26, 1996) (EN)
  • Convention on Biological Diversity (December 19, 1996) (EN)
  • United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (April 4, 1995) (EN)
  • Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (June 20, 1987) (EN)
  • Protocol (I) Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, and relating to the protection of victims of international armed conflicts (May 18, 1981) (EN)
  • Protocol (II) Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, and relating to the Protection of Victims of Non-International Armed Conflicts (May 18, 1981) (EN)
  • Convention on Transit Trade of Land-locked States (January 28, 1968) (EN)
  • Convention (I) for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded and Sick in Armed Forces in the Field (April 29, 1957) (EN)
  • Convention (II) for the Amelioration of the Condition of Wounded, Sick and Shipwrecked Members of Armed Forces at Sea (April 29, 1957) (EN)
  • Convention (III) relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War (April 29, 1957) (EN)
  • Convention (IV) relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War (April 29, 1957) (EN)
  • Protocol 1 annexed to the Universal Copyright Convention as signed at Geneva on 6 September 1952 concerning the application of that Convention to works of stateless persons and refugees (September 16, 1955) (EN)
  • Protocol 2 annexed to the Universal Copyright Convention as signed at Geneva on 6 September 1952 concerning the application of that Convention the works of certain international organizations (September 16, 1955) (EN)
  • Universal Copyright Convention of 6 September 1952, with Appendix Declaration relating to Article XVII and Resolution concerning Article XI (September 16, 1955) (EN)
  • Convention on International Civil Aviation (July 13, 1955) (EN)
  • Protocol 3 annexed to the Universal Copyright Convention as signed at Geneva on 6 September 1952 concerning the effective date of instruments of ratification or acceptance of or accession to that Convention (August 19, 1954) (EN)
  • Convention and Statute on Freedom of Transit (October 22, 1953) (EN)
  • Agreement on the Importation of Educational, Scientific and Cultural Materials (May 21, 1952) (EN)

 

Regional Economic Integration Treaties (Entry into force of the Treaty for the Contracting Party)

 

  • Agreement establishing the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Area (January 1, 2011) (EN)
  • ASEAN Trade in Goods Agreement (May 17, 2010) (EN)
  • Agreement on the Common Effective Preferential Tariff Scheme for the ASEAN Free Trade Area (January 28, 1992) (EN)
  • Agreement on Promotion and Protection of Investment in ASEAN (August 2, 1988) (EN)
  • First Agreement on Trade Negotiations among Developing Member Countries of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (Bangkok Agreement) (June 17, 1976) (EN)

 

IP-relevant Bilateral Treaties (Entry into force of the Treaty for the Contracting Party)

 

  •  Agreement on Comprehensive Economic Partnership among Japan and Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (January 1, 2009) (EN)
  • Agreement between Japan and the Lao People’s Democratic Republic for the Liberalization, Promotion and Protection of Investment (August 3, 2008) (EN)
  • Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic on the Promotion and Reciprocal Protection of Investments (February 9, 2006) (RU)

 

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