Intellectual Property Rights

General Information

Broadly speaking, 'intellectual property rights' is a collective term used to describe the economic and moral rights of the copyright holder from the unlawful reproduction; publishing; distribution through lending, rental or sale; broadcasting or performance; and importation.

Customs is the primary Government agency responsible for regulating all imports arriving into, and all exports departing from the Country.

As part of the 2005 Budget Provisions the Government of Papua New Guinea amended the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations to give Customs certain powers in preventing goods that are pirated, counterfeit or otherwise infringe an intellectual property right or are protection defeating devices from entering or leaving the Country.

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