1 BR Number 612 I SERIESNUMBER 52 Decree No. 50/2003 of December 24, 2003 Courtesy translation provided by WIPO © 2013 The Government approved the Industrial Property Code of Mozambique through Decree No. 18/99 of May 4, 1999, thereby enacting positive law in Mozambique on the protection of marks, patents, industrial designs, utility models and other industrial property rights. The same Decree gave the Central Department of Industrial Property the power to administer these rights temporarily, while preparations are being made for a special body to be set up by the Council of Ministers. With the growing importance of industrial property in Mozambique, there is an urgent need to create such a body, with the capacity to act with the necessary administrative and financial autonomy concerning the administration of the whole system guiding the creation, granting, maintenance, termination and transfer of industrial property rights. In this context, pursuant to Article 153(I)(e) of the Constitution of the Republic, the Council of Ministers hereby decrees as follows: Article 1. The Industrial Property Institute, known by the acronym IPI, shall be established. It shall be governed by the statutes appended hereto, which shall form an integral part of the present Decree. Article 2. The IPI shall be a public institution endowed with independent legal personality and administrative and financial autonomy. Article 3. The IPI shall be national in scope and shall come under the supervision of the Minister for Industry and Trade Article 4. The IPI shall be responsible for enforcing the rules governing industrial property rights, taking into consideration the public interest and the technological and economic development of Mozambique. Article 5. In discharging these responsibilities, the IPI shall be competent: a) to propose special policies on industrial property and to monitor the implementation of the measures arising from these policies; 1 Translator’s Note: Official Gazette (Bulletin of the Republic).