(WIPO code: BD) (latest review October 2020)

by ABU-GHAZALEH INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, Dhaka

General Information

Area

146,000 sq. km.

Population

162,650,853 (estimated July 2020).

Capital

Dhaka.

Language

Bangla (official).

Currency

taka (Tk. = 100 paisa).

Imports

Foodstuffs, pharmaceuticals, crude oil and raw materials for industries.

Exports

Mainly raw jute, jute goods, hides, skins, tea, paper, newsprint, ready made garments, fertilizer, fish and vegetables.

Main Industries

Jute, cotton textiles, sugar, newsprint, pharmaceuticals, petroleum products, chemicals, paints and varnishes, matches, manufacture of cigarettes, fertilizers from natural gas, steel mills, engineering goods, handloom cloth and garments.

Main Products

Rice, wheat, pulses, sugar cane, jute, tea, rubber, newsprint, tobacco leaves, rayon and natural gas.

General Remarks

Legislation

Most of the laws of British India have been adopted by Bangladesh as by the other States, which were part and parcel of the British Empire. These adoptions have been made by Laws Continuance Enforcement Orders, though later amendments have been made wherever required.

New laws relating to patents and designs are being drafted and will come into force only from a date which is yet to be communicated. A new Trademarks Act has been in force since 2009, now making it possible to file applications for the registration of service marks.