Jamaica Intellectual Property Office Act

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JAMAICA INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OFFICE

THE JAMAICA INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
OFFICE ACT

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

Preliminary
1. Shorttitle.
2. Interpretation.

Establishment and Functions of 0 ? c e
3. Establishment of Office.
4. Functions of Office.
5. Ministerialdirections.

Financial Provisions, Annual Report

6. Funds and resources of the Oflice.
7. Borrowing powers.
8. Advances and grants to Oflice.
9. Repayment of and interest on advances and sums issued to meet

10. General financial duties.
11 . Accounts and Audit.
12. Annual report and estimates.
13. Exemption from customs duty. etc.
14. Exemption from income tau. transfer tax. stamp duty, fees.

guarantee.

Advisoy Board
15. Advisory Board.
16. Functions of Advisory Board.

17. Secrecy.
18. Regulations.

General

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THE JAMAICA INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
OFFICE ACT

Ad
25 of 2001.

[Ist February, 2002.1

Preliminary

1. This Act may be cited as the Jamaica Intellectual Property Short title.
Ofice Act.

2. In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires- Interpreta-
"Board" means the Advisory Board established under tion.

"Executive Director" means the Executive Director of the
section 15;

Ofice appointed under paragraph 2 of the First First
Schedule; Schedule.

"functions" includes powers and duties;

"Ofice" means the Jamaica Intellectual Property Ofice

*Irelevant law" means-
established under section 3;

(a) The Copyright Act;

(b) The Designs Act;

(c) The Layout Designs (Topographies) Act;

(d) The Merchandise Marks Act;
(e) The Patents Act;

v) The Trade Marks Act; or
(g) any other enactment relating to the conferment of

or protection and administration of intellectual
property rights.

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Establishment
of Ofice.

First Schedule.

Functions of
m i c e .

Ministerial
directions.

Funds and
resources of
the Office.

Establishmerit arid Fimctioris of OfJice

3.-( 1) There is hereby established a body to be known as the
Jamaica Intellectual Property Office which shall be a body
corporate to which the provisions of section 28 of the
Interpretation Act shall apply.

(2) The provisions of the First Schedule shall have effect
as to the constitution of the Office and otherwise in relation
thereto.

4. It shall be the duty of the Ofice to-

(a) administer all relevant laws;
(b) advise the Minister on matters relating to the

administration of such laws;

(c) promote the progressive development of intellectual
property rights in Jamaica;

(6) carry out such other fbnctions relating to intellectual
property rights as the Minister, after consultation with
the Executive Director, may determine;

(e ) exercise any power and perform any hnction conferred
on it by or under this Act or any relevant law, and to do
all such other things as in the opinion of the Office are
necessary or incidental to the proper performance of its
hnctions.

5. The Minister may give to the Office such directions of a
general nature, as to the policy to be followed by the Oflice in
the performance of its hnctions under this Act and under any
relevant law, as the Minister considers necessary in the public
interest, and the Office shall give effect to those directions.

Financial Provisions, Annual Report

6. The funds and resources of the Ofice shall consist of-

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such sums as may be provided by Parliament for the
Ofice in the annual estimates of revenue and
expenditure;

such sums as may be allocated from time to time to the
Ofice from loan funds;

any property, mortgages, debentures, or investments
acquired by or vested in the Office, and any moneys
earned or arising therefrom;
sums borrowed by the Office for the purpose of
meeting any of its obligations or discharging any of its
fbnctions;
revenues derived from charges imposed by the
Ofice for the use of any facility or service provided by
it;

revenue from registration or other fees charged
consequent on the administration of the relevant laws;

all other sums or property which may in any manner
become payable to or vested in the Office in respect of
any matter incidental to its functions.

7.--(1) Subject to the provisions of subsection (2), the Office M o w i n g
powers. may borrow sums required by it for meeting any of its

obligations or discharging any of its functions.

(2) The power of the Ofice to borrow shall be exercisable
only with the approval of the Minister responsible for finance, as
to the amount, as to the sources of borrowing and as to the terms
on which borrowing may be effected.

(3) An approval given in any respect for the purposes of
this section may be either general or limited to a particular
borrowing or otherwise, and may be either unconditional or
subject to conditions.

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Advances and
grants to
Office.

Repayment
of and interest
on advances
and sums
issued to meet
guarantee.

General
financial
duties.

8.-(1) The Minister may from time to time make advances
and grants to the Office, out of sums placed upon the estimates
of revenue and expenditure for the purpose and approved by the
House of Representatives.

(2) With the approval of the House of Representatives,
the Minister responsible for finance may guarantee, in such
manner and on such conditions as he thinks fit, the payment of
the principal and interest on any authorized borrowing of the
Office made otherwise than by way of advance under subsection
(1).

(3) Where the Minister responsible for finance is satisfied
that there has been default in the repayment of any principal
moneys or interest guaranteed under the provisions of this
section, he shall direct the repayment out of the Consolidated
Fund of the amount in respect of which there has been such
default.

9. The Ofice shall make to the Accountant-General, at such
times and in such manner as the Minister responsible for finance
may direct, payments of such amounts as may be so directed in
or towards repayment of advances made to the Office under
section 8, and of any sums issued in hlfilment of any guarantee
given thereunder, and payments of interest on what is
outstanding for the time being in respect of such advances and
of any sums issued at such rate as the Minister aforesaid may
direct, and different rates of interest may be directed as respects
different advances or sums and as respects interest for different
periods.

lO.-(l) It shall be the duty of the Office to conduct its
affairs so as to ensure that its revenue (including any grant
towards revenue made to it in pursuance of section 8) is not less
than sufficient to meet charges properly chargeable to revenue
account, taking one year with another.

(2) Moneys standing to the credit of the Office may
from time to time be invested in securities approved either
generally or specifically by the Minister; and the Ofice may,
from time to time, with the like approval, sell all or any of such
securities.

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11.--(1) The Ofice shall keep accounts and other records in A C C W ~ ~ S
and Audit. relation to its business, and shall prepare annually a statement of

accounts in a form satisfactory to the Minister, being a form
which shall conform with established accounting principles.

(2) The accounts of the Oflice shall be audited annually
by auditors appointed by the Ofice and approved by the
Minister.

(3) So soon as the accounts of the Ofice have been
audited, the Ofice shall send the statement of its accounts to the
Minister together with a copy of the auditor's report thereon.

(4) The Auditor-General shall be entitled at all times to
examine the accounts and other records in relation to the Ofice.

12 .41 ) The Ofice shall, within three months after the ~mnral
end of each financial year, or within such longer period as rmEd
the Minister may in special circumstances allow, cause to be
made, and transmit to the Minister, a report dealing generally
with the activities of the Ofice during the preceding financial
year.

(2) The Minister shall cause copies of the report together
with copies of the statement of accounts and the auditor's report
thereon to be laid on the Table of the House of Representatives
and of the Senate.

(3) The Ofice shall, before a date specified by the
Minister, submit to the Minister for his approval, estimates of
revenue and expenditure for the ensuing financial year.

13. No customs duty, tax under the General Consumption ~xemptim
Tax Act or other similar impost shall be payable upon any zom
article imported into Jamaica, taken out of bond in Jamaica, or duty, &c.
purchased in Jamaica, by the Ofice and shown to the
satisfaction of the Commissioner of Customs to be required for
the use of the Ofice in the performance of its fbnctions.

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Exemption
korn income
tax. transfer
tax. stamp
duty, fees.

Advisory
Board.

Second
Schedule.

Functions of
Advisory
Board.

Secrecy.

14.-(I) The income of the Office shall be exempt from
income tax.

(2) The Ofice shall be exempt from that portion of
stamp duty, and fiom recording and registration fees which
would otherwise be payable by it in respect of any instrument
executed by it or on its behalf.

(3) There shall be exempt fiom taxation under the
Transfer Tax Act any transfer by the Office of property
belonging to it or any right or interest created in, over or
otherwise with respect to such property.

Advisory Board

15.-(1) There shall be established for the purposes of this
Act, an Advisory Board.

(2) The provisions of the Second Schedule shall have
effect as to the constitution of the Advisory Board and otherwise
in relation thereto.

16. The fhctions of the Advisory Board shall be-

(a) to consider and to advise the Minister on all matters of
general policy relating to intellectual property rights;

(b) to advise the Ofice in relation to the implementation of
government policy on intellectual property rights.

General

17.-(1) Every officer and servant of the Ofice or of the
Advisory Board shall preserve and aid in preserving secrecy
with regard to all matters relating to the affairs of the Ofice that
may come to his knowledge in the course of his duties.

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(2) An officer or servant of the Oflice or of the Board
shall not without lawfbl authority publish or communicate to
any person otherwise than in the ordinary course of his
employment any information acquired by him in the course of
his employment.

(3) Any person who contravenes this section commits an
offence and is liable on summary conviction in a Resident
Magistrate’s Court to a fine not exceeding five hundred
thousand dollars or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding
one year.

regulations for the better carrying out of the purposes of this
Act.

18. The ORce with the approval of the Minister may make Regulations.

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Constitution
of Office.

Appointment
of Executive
Director.

Appointment
of Deputy
Directors.

Tanporary
appointment.

Resignations.

FIRST SCHEDULE (Sections 2 and 3)

Constitution of Jamaica Intellectual Property Office

1. The Office shall consist of the Executive Director and such number of
Deputy Directors as may be appointed pursuant to this Schedule.

2 4 1 ) There shall be an Executive Director of the Office, who, subject to
the provisions of this Act, shall be appointed by the W e r from among
persons appearing to the Minister to be qualified as having experience of and
shown capacity in matters relating to intellectual property rights.

(2) The Executive Director shall be responsible for the day-today
management and operation of the Office and for the execution of the policy
of the Office.

(3) The appointment of the Executive Director shall be for a period of
not less than three years nor more than seven years and the person so
appointed shall be eligible for re-appointment.

(4) The Minister may at any time revoke the appointment of the
Executive Director if he is satisfied that the Executive Director is guilty of
neglect of duty, inefficiency, incompetence, misconduct or malfeasance.

3.-(1) The Minister may, subject to the provisions of this Schedule,
appoint so many Deputy Directors as he thinks necessary for the proper
carrying out of the functions of the Office.

(2) One of the Deputy Directors shall exercise the functions assigned
to the Registrar under the relevant laws and shall be designated the Registrar
of Industrial Property.

(3) The appointment of a Deputy Director shall be for a period of not
less than three years nor more than seven years and the person so appointed
shall be eligible for re-appointment.

(4) The Minister may at any time revoke the appointment of a Deputy
Director if he is satisfied, atter consultation with the Executive Director, that
the Deputy Director is guilty of neglect of duty, inefficiency, incompetence,
misconduct or malfeasance.

4. The Minister may appoint any person qualified for appointment as
Executive Director or Deputy Director, as the case may require, to act
temporarily in the place of the Executive Director or Deputy Director in the
case of the absence or inability to act of the incumbent.

5.-(1) The Executive Director may at any time resign his office by
instrument in writing addressed to the Minister and such resignation shall
take effect as from the date of the receipt of such instrument by the Minister.

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FrRsT SCHEDULE, wntd.
(2). Any Deputy Director may at any time resign his office by

instnunent in writing addressed to the Minister and transmitted through the
Executive Director, and the resignation shall have effect from the date of the
receipt of the instnunent by the Minister.

6. The name of any person appointed as Executive Director or Deputy Publication.
Director shall be published in the Gazette.

7.-(1) The Office shall meet at such times as may be necessary or 7
e m e n t for the transaction of business, and such meetings shall be held at meetings,
such places and times and on such days as the Office shall determine.

(2) The Executive Director may at any time call a special meeting of
the Office, and shall call a special meeting to be held within seven days of a
written request for that purpose addressed to him by any Deputy Director.

(3) The Executive Director, or in the case of the absence or inability
to act of the Executive Director,, a Deputy Director shall preside at the
meetings of the Office and when so presiding the Executive Director or the
Deputy Director, as the case may be, shall have an original and a casting
vote.

(4) The quonun of meetings of the office shall be two or such higher
number as the Office shall detennine.

(5 ) Subject to the provisions of th is Schedule, the Office may regulate
its own proceedings.

(6) The validity of any proceedings of the Office shall not be af€ected
by any vacancy amongst the members thereof or by any defect in the
appointment of a member thereof.

suchremuneration (whether by way of salaries or travelling or other tionol‘
allowances), as the Minister may determine with the prior approval of the members.
Cabinet

8. There shall be paid to the Executive Director and any Deputy Director Remuera-

9.-(1) A member who is in any way directly or indirectly interested in a Declaration
contract made or proposed to be made by the Office, or in any other matter of interest
whatsoever which falls to be considered by the Office, shall disclose the ztEmbm
nature of his interest at a meeting of the Office and the disclosure shall be office,
reoorded in the minutes of the meeting and the member shall not-

(a) in the case of a contract, take part in any deliberation or decision
of the Office with respect to the contract; and

(b) in the case o f p y other matter, take part in any deliberation or
decision of the ofiice with respect to the matter, if the Office
decides that the interest in question might affect prejudicially the
mepber’s consideration of the matter.

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FIRST SCHEDIILE. confd.
(2) A notice given by a member at a meeting of the Office to the

effect that he is a member of a particular body or firm and is to be regarded as
interested in any contract which is made after the date of the notice with the
body or firm shall. for the purposes of sub-paragraph (I ) . be a sufficient
disclosure of his interest in relation to any contract so made.

10.-(1) The seal of the office shall be authenticated by the signature of
the Executive Director. Deputy Director or other officer duly authorized by
the Executive Director in that behalf and shall be judicially noticed.

(2) All documents. other than those required by law to be under seal.
made by. and all decisions of. the Office shall be signified under the hand of
the Executive Director. any Deputy Director or any other officer of the Office
authorized to act in that behalf by the Executive Director.

Seal.

Appointment
of stair

11.41) The office shall appoint and employ at such remuneration and
on such terms and conditions as it thinks fit such other officers. servants and
agents as it thinks necessary for the proper carrying out of its hctions.

(2) Except with the prior approval of the Mnister-

(a) no salary in excess of the prescribed rate shall be assigned to any
post.

(6) no appointment shall be made to any post to which a salary in
excess of the prescribed rate is assigned.

(3) In sub-paragraph (2) the prescribed rate means one million
dollars or such higher rate as may be approved by the Minister by order.

(4) The Governor-General may. subject to such conditions as he may
impose. approve the appointment of any officer in the seMce of the
Government,lo any office with the Office and any officer so appointed shall.
while so employed, in relation to any pension, gratuity or other allowance.
and in relation to other rights as a public officer. be treated as continuing in
the seMce of the Government.

( 5 ) The office may, with the approval of the Minister-

(a) enter into arrangements respecting schemes whether by way of
insurance policies or not: or

(b) make regulations for pensions, gratuities and other rething or
disability or death benefits-

relating to members and employees of the office and such arrangements or
regulations may include provisions for the grant of benefits to the dependents
and legal personal representatives of such members or employees.

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1 2 . 4 1 ) No action. suit, prosecution or other proceedings shall be brought ProtcHion
or instituted personally against any member of the Office in respect of any act of
done bonafide in pursuance or execution or intended execution of t lus Act. membzrs.

(2) Where any member of the Office is exempt from liability by
reason only of the provisions of this paragraph the Oflice shall be liable to
the exTent that it would be if the said member were a senant or agent of the
Office.

SECOSD SCHEDULE (Section 15)

Constitution of Advison, Board

1.-(1) The Board shall consist of such number of persons ("the Constitution
appointed members") being not less than ten nor more than fifteen as the ofBoard.
W s t e r may from time to time appoint and-

(a) two shall be persons appearing to the Minister to be
representatives of the music industry in Jamaica;

(b) one shall be a person appearing to the Minister to be representative
of authors in Jamaica;

(c ) one shall be a person appearing to the Minister to be representative
of the computer software industry in Jamaica;

(d) one shall be a person appearing to the Minister to be representative
of inventors and innovators in Jamaica;

(e) one shall be a person appearing to the Minister to be representative
of publishers in Jamaica.

(2) The Executive Director shall be a member ex oflcio of the Board
and may designate a nominee in the case of the absence or inability of the
Executive Director to act.

2. The Minister may appoint any person to act temporarily in the place of T~~~
any appointed member of the Board in the case of the absence or inability to appointment
act of such member.

3.-( 1) The Minister shalI appoint one of the members of the Board to be C h a i m ~ ~
the chairman thereof.

(2) In the case of the absence or inability to act at any meeting of the
chairman, the members of the Board present at such meeting shall elect one
of their number to act as chairman at that meeting.

be evidenced by an instrument in writing, and such instrume nt shall state the ofice.
period of office of the member which shall not exceed three years.

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(2) Every appointed member of the Board shall be eligible for
reappointment.

5 . Any appointed member of the Board may at any time resign his ofice
by instrument in writing addressed to the Minister and transmitted through
the chairman, and from the date of the receipt by the Minister of such
instrument such member shall cease to be a member of the Board.

6. The Minister may terminate the appointment of any member other than
the Executive Director if such member-

(a) becomes of unsound mind or becomes permanently unable to
perform his hctions by reason of ill health:

(b) is convicted and sentenced to a term of imprisonment:

[c) fails without reasonable excuse to carry out any of the fbnctions
conferred or imposed on him under tlus Act; or

(d) engages in such activities as are reasonably considered prejudicial
to the interest of the Board.

7. The names of dl appointed members of the Board as first constituted
and every change in the membership thereof shall be published in the
Gazette.

8.-(1) The Board shall meet at such times as may be necessary or
expedient for the transaction of business, and such meetings shall be held at
such places and times and on such days as the Board shall determine.

(2) The chairman may at any time call a special meeting of the Board
and shall call a special meeting to be held within seven days of a written
request for that purpose addressed to him by any two members of the Board.

Resignatlm.

Revocation.

Publicationof
membership.

Procedureand
meetings.

(3) The chairman or, in the case of the absence or inability to act of
the chauman, the person elected to act as chairman in accordance with the
provisions of sub-paragmph (2) of paragraph 3 shall preside at the meetings
of the Board, and when so presiding the chairman or the person elected to act
as chairman, as the case may be, shall have an origml and a casting vote.

(4) The quorum of the Board shall be five members of the Board
including the chairman or the person elected to act as chairman as aforesaid.

(5 ) Subject to the provisions of this Schedule, the Board may regulate
its own proceedings.

(6) The validity of any proceedings of the Board shall not be affected
by any vacancy among the members thereof or by any defect in the
appointment of a member t h m f .

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9. There shall be paid to the appointed members of the Board such Remunaa-
remuneration. if any. whether by way of salaries. honoraria. travelling or tion of
other allowances as the Minister may determine. appointed

mcmbzrs.

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