A new Industrial Property Code is in force in São Tomé and Príncipe since 9 February 2017 (Decree-Law No. 23/2016, dated February 9, 2017).
The new law makes an extensive revision of the IP law that existed for more than twelve years in Sao Tome e Principe (Law No. 4/2001, of 31 December and Decree 6/2004 of 30 June) and adopts many concepts and solutions that are enshrined in the current Portuguese law and in European law. Among the changes introduced by the new law we point out the following:
In the area of patents
In the area of trademarks