There shall be kept at the Patent Office a register of patents, in which shall be entered:

(a) particulars of patents in force, of assignments and transmissions of patents and of licenses under patents; and

(b) notice of all matters which are required by or under this Act to be entered in the register and of such other matters affecting the validity or proprietorship of patents as the Registrar thinks fit.

All registers of patents established and kept under the former patents legislation in respect of patents originating in Malawi shall, under arrangements made by the Registrar and with the approval of the Minister, be incorporated with and form part of the register so, however, that such arrangements shall in no way be deemed to extend the term and effect of any patent registered un such registers beyond the term and effect provided in respect of such patent by the said legislation.