The Patents licensing in Bangladesh are governed by The Patents and Designs Act enacted in 1911 during the British colonial age, mainly based on the principles laid down in British Statute of Monopolies, Patents, Design and Trade Marks Act, 1883 and the Patents and Designs Act, 1907. The laws regulating the patents and designs are, therefore, consolidated in a single enactment, namely, the Patents and Designs Act, 1911. The statute consists of three parts: Part I relates to Patent laws; Part II relates to Design laws, and Part II includes general provisions.
The Department of Patents, Designs and Trademark (DPT) protects the rights of patent holders for 16 years on payment of a prescribed sum of money. This duration of patent protection can be renewed further. The patent holder has a right to the exclusive privilege of making, selling and using the invention throughout Bangladesh, the patent holders can authorize others as well to do the same. For getting a patent, an innovation needs to fulfil the following:
It is possible to file a Patent Application with conventional priority as Bangladesh is a member of the Paris Convention. In Bangladesh, filing at national phase is not possible as Bangladesh is not a member of PCT and it is possible to file an application without priority claim even if the 12 months deadline is over.
|Relevant Office||Department of Patents, Designs and Trademarks (DPDT), Ministry of Industries, Dhaka|
|Law in Force||Patents & Designs Act 1911 & Patents & Designs Rules 1933|
|PCT Contracting State||NO|
|Document(s) required for filing patent application|
|Registration Term||16 years from the date of registration|