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Somalia does not have any laws specifically dealing with the protection and enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR’s). However, Article 16 (2) of the Somaliland Constitution provides that “the law shall determine the rights to authoring, creating and inventing” and thus imposes on the Government of Somaliland an obligation to implement laws dealing with the protection and enforcement of IPR’s

Somalia is a member of ARIPO, although a designation from an ARIPO filing will have no effect, since Somalia is, at present, a non-functioning country. 

The 1991 coup of the government has led to a total collapse of all functions, including jurisprudential ones. As such, no statutes on industrial or intellectual property exists.