SRI LANKA INVENTORS INCENTIVES ACT

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

2. Establishment of the Commission.

3. The Commission to be a body corporate.

4. Members of the Commission.

5. Term of office of members.

6. Resignation or removal of members.

7. Remuneration of members of the Commission.

8. Members to disclose interest in any decision to be made by the Commission.

9. Commission may act despite vacancy.

10. Objects of the Commission.

11. Powers functions and duties of the Commission.

12. Conditions under which facility or service in given to inventor or researcher.

13. Laboratory facilities.

14. Transfer of functions relating to promotion and development of inventions to the Commission.

15. Power to make rules.

16. Acquisition of immovable property for the purpose of the Commission.

17. Special grant or lease of property belonging to the Republic to the Commission.

18. Power of bodies of persons or local authority to enter into contracts with the Commission.

19. Protection for action taken under this Act or on the direction of the Commission.

20. No writ to issue against the person or property of a member of the Commission.

21. Administration and staff.

22. Fund of the Commission.

23. Annual grant by the Government to the Commission.

24. Exemption of Commission and donors from certain duties and taxes.

25. Exemption of inventors from tax.

26. Financial year.

27. Duties of the Auditor-General.

28. Power of Minister to give special or general directions to the Commission.

29. Officers and servants of the Commission deemed to be public servants.

30. The Commission deemed to be a scheduled institution within the meaning of the Bribery Act.

53 of 1979.

AN ACT to provide for the establishment of a public authority called the Sri Lanka Inventors Commission and for the promotion and encouragement of Sri Lanka inventions and their manufacture and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

[Date of Commencement: Not in operation on 3lst December, 1980]

1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the Sri Lanka Inventors Incentives Act.

2. Establishment of the Commission.

There shall be established on the appointed date an authority which shall be called the Sri Lanka Inventors Commission (hereafter in this Act referred to as "the Commission”) and which shall consist of the persons who are for the time being members of the Commission under section 4.

3. The Commission to be a body corporate.

The Commission shall, by the name assigned to it by section 2, be a body corporate and shall have perpetual succession and a common seal and may sue and be sued in its corporate name.

4. Members of the Commission.

(1) The Commission shall consist of a Commissioner and two Assistant Commissioners appointed by the Cabinet of Ministers on the recommendation of the Minister.

(2) Such Commissioner or Assistant Commissioner shall be a citizen of Sri Lanka and an inventor with one or more inventions registered as such with the Registrar of Patents of Sri Lanka.

(3) Where in the opinion of the Cabinet of Ministers there is no person suitably qualified for appointment to the Commission a person who has distinguished himself in science or industry or is otherwise specially qualified in relation to some aspect of the work of the Commission may be temporarily appointed to the Commission.

(4) A person shall be disqualified from being appointed or from continuing as a member of the Commission if he is a Member of Parliament.

5. Term of office of members.

(1) Subject to the provisions of section 6 the term of office of the members of the Commission shall be three years:

Provided that a member appointed in place of a member who resigns or is removed or otherwise vacates office, shall, unless he earlier resigns or is removed or otherwise vacates office, hold office for the unexpired part of the term of office of the member whom he succeeds.

(2) Any member of the Commission vacating office by effluxion of time shall be eligible for re-appointment.

6. Resignation or removal of members.

(1) A member of the Commission may resign from the Commission by letter addressed to the Minister.

(2) All members of the Commission shall hold office during good behaviour and may be removed from office by the Cabinet of Ministers.

(3) Where a member is temporarily unable to discharge the duties of his office on account of ill health, absence from Sri Lanka or any other cause, the Cabinet of Ministers may subject to section 4 appoint some other person to act as a member in his place.

7. Remuneration of members of the Commission.

The members of the Commission may be paid such remuneration as may be determined by the Minister with the concurrence of the Minister in charge of the subject of Finance.

8. Members to disclose interest in any decision to be made by the Commission.

A member of the Commission who is directly or indirectly interested in any matter which forms the subject of any proceeding of the Commission or of any decision proposed to be made by the Commission, shall disclose in writing the nature of his interest at a meeting of the Commission and such member shall not take part in any proceeding or decision in respect of such matter.

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