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Date of creation
2005-05-10 14:35 UTC (andrew.bowers@cbd.int)
Date of last update
2020-02-22 17:04 UTC (sec@mahaweli.gov.lk)
Date of publication
2020-02-22 17:04 UTC (sec@mahaweli.gov.lk)

General Information
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sri Lanka
Title of document
Intellectual Property Act, No. 36 of 2003
Legislative details
Type of document
  • Law
Subject areas
  • Competent National Authorities and National Focal Points
  • Information Sharing
Types of LMOs addressed
  • All types of organisms
Brief description of the document including objective and scope:
The Act provides for the law relating to intellectual property and for an efficient procedure for the registration, control and administration of the intellectual property.
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Section 62 (1) of the Act states that ) for the purposes of this Part, "invention" means an idea of an inventor which permits in practice the solution to a specific problem in the field of technology.

Section 62 (3) of the Act states that the following, notwithstanding they are inventions within the meaning of subsection (1), shall not be patentable- (a) discoveries, scientific theories and mathematical methods ; (b) plants, animals and other micro organism other than transgenic micro organism and an essentially biological process for the production of plants and animals other than non-biological and microbiological processes : Provided however, that a patent granted in respect of micro-organisms shall be subject to the provisions of this Act.

In Act the term "transgenic" means an organism that expresses a characteristic not attainable normally by the species under natural circumstances, but which has been added by means of direct human intervention in its genetic composition."
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