Mauritius

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Mauritius
Mauritius

The island of Mauritius lies in the Indian Ocean, off the east coast of Southern Africa and east of Madagascar.

 

Area: 1860 km2

Population: 1,262,132

Capital: Port Louis

Currency: Mauritian Rupee

GDP: $ 23.322 billion (2017)

Internet domain: .mu

Languages: French, English (official languages)

Working week: Monday – Friday

Exports: Clothing; textiles; sugar; cut flowers; molasses; fish

Imports: Manufactured goods; capital equipment; foodstuffs; petroleum products; chemicals

  • Trade Marks

    Mauritius is a member of the Paris Convention and the WTO/TRIPS.


  • Patents

    Mauritius is a member of the Paris Convention and the WTO/TRIPS. Patent protection is available by way of a national filing.

    Although Mauritius has not yet acceded to the PCT, the Act has specific provisions referring to the PCT and providing for international applications under PCT to designate Mauritius. However, until Mauritius accedes to the PCT it will not be possible to designate Mauritius in an international application under PCT.


  • Designs

    Mauritius is a member of the Paris Convention and the WTO/TRIPS. Design protection is available by way of a national filing.


  • Copyright

    Mauritius is a member of the Berne Convention, the Universal Copyright Convention and the WTO/TRIPS.

    The law provides for copyright in respect of artistic, literary and scientific works, including:

    • books, pamphlets, or other writings
    • illustrations, maps, plans or sketches
    • lectures, addresses, sermons
    • dramatic and dramatico-musical works
    • musical works
    • choreographic works, pantomimes
    • audiovisual works
    • sound recordings
    • works of art, architecture, painting, drawing, sculpture, engravings, lithography
    • photographic works
    • works of applied art or craft
    • computer programs
    • works of folklore
    • derivative works.

    Derivative works include

    • translations, adaptations, arrangements of works
    • collections and compilations of works.

    Excluded from protection are:

    • ideas, procedures, systems, methods of operation, concepts, principles
    • official texts of laws, decisions by courts, or of administrative bodies.

  • Plant Breeders' Rights

    Currently, no legislative provision for plant breeders’ rights or other sui generis protection for plants is available in Mauritius.