Protection of copyright and related rights is governed by Law No. 03-05 of 2003. The Implementing Regulations for the aforementioned law have not yet been passed.
The protection of copyright in Algeria is automatic without any formality according to the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works. Protection is granted to every Intellectual Property work of art no matter what its type, style, form of expression, value or purpose is.
Copyrightable works include written and oral works, computer software, dramatic and musical works, choreographic, cinematographic and photographic works, plastic and applied arts and folklore. Protection for the lifetime of the author plus 50 years following his/her death is granted.
The Ministry of Culture reserves the right to allow publication of the work of art, if the copyright holder has not done so, while providing the copyright holder or the heirs with fair compensation.
Designs and industrial models are protected in Algeria through registration with the competent office. Designs and industrial models created prior to filing the application are deemed novel.
Once an application is filed, it is examined as to the form only and is accorded a filing date immediately. The application is kept secret during the first year of the duration term, unless the applicant requests publication. Applications are published in the Official Gazette after the lapse of the first year of protection period or earlier, upon the applicant’s request. There is no provision for filing opposition. The total duration of a design registration is 10 years as of the filing date of the application, divided into two terms; the first year and the succeeding 9 years. Applicants must request the 9-year extension either on filing or within the first year; otherwise the registration will expire. A grace period of 6 months is allowed.
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The Internet Network Center is the local registry for the Top-Level Domain Name (.dz) in Algeria.
Top-Level Domain.dz: all institutions and organizations
.com.dz: economic and commercial companies
.org.dz: state related bodies or organizations
.gov.dz: governmental organizations
.edu.dz: academic and scientific institutions
Once a patent application is filed, it is examined as to unity and form only. There is no examination as to the novelty of the invention, although the provisions of Patent Law No. 03-07 of 2003, stipulate that an application should be filed before the invention has become known through publication or use.
A patent is valid for 20 years starting from the national filing date of the application. Such validity is subject to the payment of the prescribed annual fees. Annuities are to be paid counting from the national filing date. A 6-month grace period with a fine is allowed for late payment of the annuity.
Under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), a patent is valid for 20 years starting from the international filing date of the application. Such validity is subject to the payment of the prescribed annual fees. Annuities are to be paid counting from the international filing date. A 6-month grace period with a fine is allowed for late payment of the ...
Algeria is a member of the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property and the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks.
The International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks under the Nice Agreement is followed in Algeria and the revision of class 42 with the creation of classes 43 to 45 has been adopted as of January 1, 2002. An application may include goods and/or services in any number of classes against payment of an additional fee to cover the additional classes.
Once a trademark application is filed, the filing certificate indicating the filing number and the filing date is issued within approximately a week. Trademark applications are examined as to their registrability against prior registrations. The certificate of registration is issued upon completing all the filing requirements. Trademarks are published after registration and there is no ...