Statutes Administered

These are the rules and laws that we as PACRA officially reference as the basis of our operations.

The Patents and Companies Registration Agency Act, No. 4 of 2020


This Act continues the existence of PACRA as a legal entity. It also provides for the functions of PACRA, constitution of the Board and provides for matters connected with or incidental to the forgoing.
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The Companies Act, No. 10 of 2017


This Act promotes the development of the economy by encouraging entrepreneurship, enterprise efficiency, flexibility and simplicity in the formation and maintenance of companies.
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The Corporate Insolvency Act, No. 9 of 2017


This Act provides for corporate receiverships, appointment of receivers and the duties and responsibilities of receivers; business rescue, appointment, duties and responsibilities of business rescue administrators
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The Registration of Business Names
Act, No. 16 of 2011


This Act provides for the registration of business names which may be a firm or a sole proprietorship.
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The Patents Act
No. 40 of 2016


This Act provides procedures and requirements for patenting an invention, rights accruing from patentability and how to protect such rights. It is supplemented by Patent Regulations which provide further details and prescribe forms in respect of various applications relating to patents.
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The Trademarks Act,
Chapter 401 of the Laws of Zambia


The Act provides for procedures and requirements for registration, assignment and transfer of trademarks, rights accruing from registration and their protection. Detailed procedures and prescribed forms are provided in Trade Marks Regulations made under the Act.
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The Industrial Designs Act
No. 22 of 2016


This Act provides procedures and requirements for registration of industrial designs, rights arising from registration and the assignment and transfer of such rights and their protection. Detailed procedures and prescribed forms are provided in Regulations made under the Act.
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The Movable Property (Security Interest) Act,
No. 3 of 2016


This Act to provide for the creation of security interests in movable property so as to contribute to economic development; harmonies secured transaction laws; provide for harmonization of conflict of laws in order to promote the financing of international trade and make security interests effective against third parties, establish a Collateral Registry and provides for matters connected with, or incidental to, the foregoing.
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The Layout-designs of Integrated Circuits Act,
No. 6 of 2016


This Act, among other things, establishes a register for layout-designs or topographies of integrated circuits; provides for a transparent legal framework for the protection, registration, rights over, infringement or use of, and access to, layout-designs or topographies of integrated circuits; provides for the authorisation of exclusive assignments or licences by a qualified owner or prospective qualified owner of layout design rights to an assignee or a licensee; establishes streamlined procedures for obtaining a compulsory licence, licence to remedy anti-competitive practices and use of layout-designs or topographies of integrated circuits for public or non-commercial purposes; and provides for matters connected with, or incidental to, the foregoing.
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The Copyright and Performance Rights Act,
Chapter 406 of the Laws of Zambia


This Act provide for copyright in literary, musical and artistic works, computer programs, audiovisual works, sound recordings, broadcasts and cable programs; to provide for rights in performances and matters incidental to or connected with the foregoing.
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The Protection of Traditional Knowledge, Genetic Resources
and Expression of Folklore Act, No. 16 of 2016


This Act, among other things, provides for a transparent legal framework for the protection of, access to, and use of, traditional knowledge, genetic resources and expressions of folklore, which also guarantees equitable sharing of benefits and effective participation of holders; recognises the spiritual, cultural, social, political and economic value of traditional knowledge, genetic resources and expressions of folklore of holders; promotes the preservation, wider application and development of traditional knowledge, genetic resources and expressions of folklore; recognises, protects and supports the inalienable rights of traditional communities, individuals and groups over their traditional knowledge, genetic resources and expressions of folklore; confers rights on traditional communities, individuals and groups and promote the conservation and sustainable utilisation of the country’s biodiversity resources; and provides for matters incidental to, or connected with, the foregoing.
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The Companies (Certificate Validation) Act,
Chapter 414 of the Laws of Zambia


This Act removes doubt as to the validity of, and to declare valid, certificates heretofore issued for the purposes of the Companies Act under the hands of public officers other than the Registrar of Companies.
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