Timor Timur

East Timor (Portuguese: Timor Leste) (Tetum: Timor Lorosa'e) (Indonesian: Timor Timur) is a country in Southeast Asia. It lies northwest of Australia in the Lesser Sunda Islands at the eastern end of the Indonesian archipelago. East Timor includes the eastern half of the island of Timor, the Oecussi (Ambeno) region on the northwest portion of the island of Timor, and the small islands of Pulau Atauro and Pulau Jaco.

Tetum and Portuguese are the official languages, but Indonesian and (limited) English are also widely spoken. There are also about 37 indigenous languages, of which Tetum, Galole, Mambae, and Kemak are spoken by significant numbers of people.

A person who is proficient in English and who understands some Portuguese can get around quite easily. Don't expect to understand locals' conversations though.

The US Dollar is the legal tender currency in East Timor and all transactions are in dollars. Banks and a few ATMs can be found in Dili. East Timor issued coins denominated in centavos and are not the same size as U.S coinage, although U.S. coins are widely accepted.

Intellectual Property Protection in East Timor is still unavailable. When there is IP infringement, they will rely on their Civil and Criminal Laws, which mostly refer to the Indonesian Laws. But the penalties and remedies regulated by these laws are not satisfactory for it may not bring cure of habit or wariness upon the infringers.

While awaiting Intellectual Property protection to come into force in this country, it is recommended to advertise Cautionary Notice twice a year. Cautionary Notice functions as means of products/services advertisements and warnings for candidate and/or alleged infringers.

For further information about Intellectual Property in East Timor and the Cautionary Notice practices, we would be pleased to advise.

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