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Laws and Regulations

On national level

Law 17-97 relating to the protection of industrial property:

Protection of Industrial Property at the national level is governed by the provisions of the law 17-97 as amended and supplemented by Law 17-97 as amended and supplemented by Law 31-05 in 2006 and law 23-13 in 2014.

The entry into force of the law 17-97, in March 18, 2004 has allowed to replace the previous laws in Morocco, namely, the law of June 23, 1916 and the act of October 4, 1938 on the protection of Industrial Property.

This law has brought new provisions including :

Law No. 31-05 amending and supplemeting Law 17/97:

  • The law No. 31-05 amending and supplementing Law17-97 entered into force on February 20, 2006.

This law contains provisions about:


Law No. 23-13 amending and supplementing the law 17/97 (french)

The new law 23-13 amending and supplementing the law 17-97 entered into force on december the 18th , 2014, It centers around the following axes:

  • Organisation of the counseling profession on industrial property.
  • Modernization of the filing procedure of applications for industrial property rights.
  • Improving the system of patents.
  • Reform of the national system of industrial designs and models.
  • Consolidating the national system of brands.
  • Establishment of a system of datestamp.
  • Strengthening the application of industrial property rights.

On international level

Membership to the international treaties on industrial property offers Morocco many advantages including the reinforcement of its legal framework for the protection of industrial property rights to the benefit of domestic and foreign investors and the alignment with the highest international standards in this area.

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