Protection of Property Rights


The legal framework for intellectual property rights (IPR) has improved and being reinforced by authorities. Nonetheless, counterfeit goods may still be common and available

Patents
Patents are protected by the law of December 7, 1993 and administered by the Institut Algerien de Propriete Industrielle (INAPI). The December 7 law reaffirms Algeria's ratification in 1975 of the Paris Convention and its subsequent revisions. Patents are granted for 20 years from the date the patent request is filed and are available for all areas of technology. For further information, please contact Directeur de la Protection Industrielle :

42 Rue Larbi Ben M'hidi BP 403, Algiers_ Algeria
Tel : 213.21.73.01.42 / 60.84
Fax : 213.21.73.55.81 / 96.44

Trademark Protection
Trademark protection is afforded by the Laws of March 19, 1966 and of July 16, 1976. Authority for granting and enforcement of trademark protection recover from the INAPI. For further information, please contact Directeur de la Protection Industrielle :

42 Rue Larbi Ben M'hidi BP 403, Algiers_ Algeria
Tel : 213.21.73.01.42 / 60.84
Fax : 213.21.73.55.81 / 96.44

Copyright Protection
Algeria ratified in 1973 the 1952 Convention on Copyrights. The Government also passed on April 3, 1973 a law to provide copyright protection for books, plays, musical compositions, films, paintings, sculpture and photographs. The law also considers on the author the right to control the commercial exploitation or marketing of the above products. A new law is being drafted to update the 1973 law to include protection for (among other things) videos and radio programs. Copyright protection is managed by the Office National du Droit d'Auteur (ONDA). For further information, please contact Directeur de la Repartition et de la Documentation :

O.N.D.A.
49, Rue Hamla Abderrezak Bologhine - Alger
Tél. +213 -21 95 09 06
Fax +213 -21 95 17 53.

Right to Private Ownership
Foreign and domestic private entities may establish and own businesses and engage in all forms of business activity.