The new Regulations are quite wide-ranging and cover many areas of intellectual property. In particular:
* Pre-grant oppositions may now be made in respect of published patent applications;Official fees required for intellectual property registration are being increased by 50% -- presumably because the new law is 50% better than the old, says Afro Leo.
* Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) applications are at last possible (Botswana acceded to the PCT in 2003.
* Utility model applications are now possible.
* Industrial design protection may no longer be obtained for designs that are functional; *
* Collective marks and trade names are now protected, and special recognition is given to the status of well-known trade marks;
* New legal provisions have been introduced with regard to geographical indications, unfair competition, traditional knowledge and handicrafts.
Source: newsletter of NJQ & Associates (Amman, Jordan)