This is to notify and inform the general public that the SHORT-TERM WORK PERMIT (E-Work Permit) is now being initiated by the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Employment. The employers wishing to import foreign workers even for the duration less than 30 days should now compulsorily apply online through BLMIS with immediate effect. Besides the normal required documents, the individual/FWRA/employers should submit the medical clearance certificate of the foreigners obtained from the country of origin.This notification is referred to the approval of the night halt work permits only and for other categories and updates, MoICE will keep notifying in future.

Department of Media, Creative Industry & Intellectual Property

Milestones of the Department 

1994 – Bhutan becomes a member of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

1997 – Creation of a Legal Section in the erstwhile Ministry of Trade and Industry.

1997 – Promulgation of the Industrial Property Regulation.

1997 – Bhutan becomes a member of the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial  Property.

2000 – Bhutan becomes a member of the Madrid Agreement concerning international  registration of Marks.

2000 – Bhutan becomes a member of the Madrid Protocol concerning international  registration of Marks.

2000 – Legal Section of the Ministry upgraded as the Intellectual Property Division

2001 – Bhutan enacts the Copyright Act and Industrial Property Act of the Kingdom of Bhutan.

2004 – Bhutan becomes a member of the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary  and Artistic Works.

2016 – The IP Division is upgraded to a Department.

2018 – The National Intellectual Property Policy (NIPP) is endorsed.

2018 – Three Technology and Innovation Support Centers (TISCs) are established in two  technical colleges and Thimphu TechPark.

2018 – The annual National Trademark Award is instituted.

2018 – The first Annual Magazine of the Department is published.

2019 – The online Bhutan IP Search System is launched.

2020 – The IP Theme Song and Musical Videos published.

“To use the intellectual property protection system as a stimulus for the social, cultural, technological and economic growth of the country”.

“To establish a comprehensive well-balanced and effective system for the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights”.

  • To formulate and update laws in accordance with international standards on all subjects of intellectual property.
  • To establish a system for the grant of titles and rights to intellectual property.
  • To promote knowledge and understanding of intellectual property among the general public.
  • To assist the right holders in commercializing their works and maximizing the economic utilization of their intellectual property assets.
  • To strengthen and improve the mechanisms for the enforcement of intellectual property rights,(IPRs).
  • To undertake exploratory groundwork on the role of IPRs in the protection of cultural heritage and Traditional Knowledge, (TK).
  • To build up an international network of treaty relationships for protecting and safeguarding IPRs of Bhutanese nationals abroad.
  • To strengthen the institutional and professional capacity of the Division to fulfill its mandate.

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