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Enforcement of IPRs in Mali

Mali

Enforcement of IPRs
The lack of administrative checks and measures are the prime causes of counterfeiting and piracy in Mali.
Medicines and medical products, and agriculture products, like pesticides, most often face counterfeiting and piracy in Mali.
No
They are as follows:
  • The Law No. 08-024 of July 23, 2008, Laying Down the Regime of Literary and Artistic Property in the Republic of Mali
  • The Customs Code (Law No. 01-075 of July 18, 2001)
  • The Law No. 87-18/AN-RM of March 9, 1987, on the Protection of Industrial Property
  • The Law No. 87-18/AN-RM of March 9, 1987, on the Protection of Industrial Property
  • The Decree No. 95-009/P-RM issuing the Visa for Pharmaceutical Products
Trademarks, Trade Names, Copyright and Related Rights, and GIs are the different types of IPRs protected by IPR enforcement in Mali.
The official language of the court is French; therefore, a proper translation of recorded documents and evidence is necessary for the same to be admissible in court.
A) Government Authorities - Yes
B) Police Officials - Yes
C) Judiciary - Yes
D) Customs
Yes
A) Injunctions - Yes
B) Monetary Compensation - Yes
C) Raids - Yes
D) Seizures - Yes
E) Destruction - Yes
No
No
Yes
Yes
A) Responsible Authority - High Court
B) Imprisonment Term - 03 months to 03 years
C) Monetary Fine - 200,000 to 8,000,000 frank
No
No
No, there are no alternate dispute resolution mechanisms. However, where the parties decide to resolve a dispute by resorting to ADR means, they may do so at their own accord.
No
No
N/A
N/A
N/A
Court proceedings
The absence of recordal of rights as well as old laws to administer the IPR issues is one of the reasons why it is difficult to enforce IPRs in Mali. The up-gradation of IPR laws as per the current practises as well as the rigorous enforcement and awareness of intellectual property rights are much needed in the nation.