On April 2000 WIPO prepared a report as to the situation in connection with intellectual property legislation. WIPO suggested a draft dealing with intellectual property legislation. At present, Eritrea does not have an Intellectual property Office and it is envisaged that intellectual property legislation will be enacted in the near future. The Director of Domestic Trade under the supervision of Ministry of Industry and Trade are in charge. The Commercial code, Civil Code and the Penal Code include provisions in respect of patents, trademarks and industrial designs, however the current legislation does not embrace provisions as regards the machinery of registration. Accordingly, the only protection available is through publication of a cautionary notice in one or two of the local newspapers in both the English language and the official Tigriya language.

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