Africa & Middle East

United States slides, Germany continues to rule: counsel rate court systems across the globe

Despite being key litigation battlegrounds, counsel confidence in the court systems of China and the United States remains shaky. 

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Customs concerns: counsel identify significant room for improvement in India, Iran and Turkey

Trademark counsel have had their say on the efficiency of customs authorities across the globe – with some of the largest importers of counterfeit goods giving cause for continued concern.

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Trump, Brexit and Korean reunification: the political issues weighing on the minds of trademark practitioners

​​​​​​​Research from World Trademark Review reveals the political issues that counsel say could significantly impact enforcement efforts, both now and in the future.

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Victory for foreign brand owners: courts rule in favour of Piaggio and Toyota in separate judgments

In two recent judgments, the Federal High Court and the Court of Appeal have found in favour of a large international brand owner and against a local company.

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No Brexit talk between IP offices, Scooby Doo infringement and Syria establishes trademark court: news round-up

In the latest round-up, we look the latest IP case data from Saudi Arabia, the establishment of a trademark court in Syria, and warnings over counterfeit security certificates.

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Does mere use confer protection? High Court provides answer

Following the decision of Kenya's High Court in Fibrelink Limited v Star Television Production, prior use of a similar mark is now sufficient grounds for an opposition.

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Good news for rights holders: SON and NAFDAC enter into partnership to tackle fake and substandard products

The Standard Organisation of Nigeria and the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control have entered into a partnership to tackle and combat fake and substandard products in the country.

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Pushing the boundaries – identifying the world’s most innovative IP offices

In a new multi-part series, World Trademark Review identifies the IP offices leading the way in offering innovative non-core tools and services – and the registries trailing behind.

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Supreme Court of Appeal's CLEARVU decision: a clearer view of disclaimers and admissions?

In Cochrane Steel v M-Systems, which concerned the trademark CLEARVU, the Supreme Court of Appeal has considered the effect of disclaimers and admissions in South African trademark law.

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US Senate confirms Iancu, Zimbabwe targets fakes and brands oppose Conor McGregor: news round-up

In our latest news round-up we look at how the Zimbabwe government is pledging to tackle counterfeit goods, the brands being accused of using “underhand tricks” to fool consumers, and much more.

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USPTO urged to address mobile issues, Malawi to establish national office, and bootleg fashion all the rage: news round-up

In today’s edition, we look at the USPTO being urged to improve its mobile capability and the new Trademarks Bill introduced in Malawi.

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Zimbabwe clamps down on forged trademarks

A woman from Harare has been convicted under the Zimbabwe Trademarks Act of forging the DStv trademark and falsely claiming that she and her colleagues were authorised MultiChoice agents.

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Lego clinches another IP victory, police powers for Moldovan IP office, and plain packaged political parties: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at the IP implications of the European Union and Japan’s finalised trade deal, the brands that are signing a major anti-counterfeiting declaration, and much more.

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Trademark offices prepare for the future as users give poor performance grades

The performance levels of the Chinese, Brazilian and Indian trademark offices have clear room for improvement but change could be afoot.

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Counterfeits in Casablanca, Kuwait upgrades online filings, and legal blow for Lindsay Lohan: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at a warning about counterfeit make-up in China, Casablanca being labelled the “Eldorado of counterfeiting”, and much more.

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Former OAPI head accused of wrongdoing while in office; court reverses suspensions related to anti-Madrid collective

The former director general of OAPI, Paulin Edou Edou, has been accused of signing his own accreditation to be an OAPI trademark agent while still in office. It comes as a court reverses the suspension of...

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EUIPO revealed as world's most innovative IP office, but other registries are catching up

In the conclusion of our four-part series, World Trademark Review unveils the full IP Office Innovation Ranking, analyses the key findings from this year's project, and looks to the future.

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Amendments to the ‘.za’ Alternative Dispute Resolution Regulations

The Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services has made significant amendments to the ‘.za’ Alternative Dispute Resolution Regulations, including a mandatory informal mediation service to be run by the ‘.za’ domain name authority.

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Trump's USPTO nominee confirmed, victory for Louboutin, and significant changes at Nigerian IP registry: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we report why Louboutin's red sole mark was declared ‘well known’ in India, upcoming changes at Nigeria’s trademark registry, and much more.

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OAPI steps up efforts to expand scope of geographical indications across sub-Saharan Africa

OAPI has launched a new programme in an ongoing effort to introduce and expand geographical indications (GIs) across its 17 member states. This is the first major project from OAPI’s new director general.

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Changes to powers of attorney in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has issued a judicial announcement in which it stated that powers of attorney provided to legal advisers and IP representatives will be considered valid for five years only from the date of issuance.

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“This puts a stake in the ground”: why brands must pay attention to the Maasai IP initiative

An initative which represents the Maasai tribe of Kenya and Tanzania in efforts to gain control over commercial uses of its cultural ‘brand’ has recently secured a deal with Koy Clothing. We speak with the negotiator behind the...

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Additional requirements for legalisation raise concerns

Additional requirements imposed by the authorities in charge of legalisation have raised concerns.

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International applications at an all-time high as Asia and Africa experience sharp rise in trademark filings

WIPO has released its latest report into global IP activity, revealing a significant rise in filing activity. Most of the growth can be attributed to China’s continued domination.

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No time limit to cancel trademark registrations filed in bad faith

The Tel Aviv District Court recently rejected a trademark infringement claim which had been filed by the owner of a local furniture chain against the purported use of the mark HABITAT in Israel by Habitat International.

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Scotch Whisky toasts trademark renewal, fake toy epidemic, and IACC looks back on 2017: news round-up

In our latest news round-up we look at Costco Korea losing a design infringement suit, ICANN extending its GDPR consideration window, the retirement of the Swaziland trademark registrar, and much more.

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China pledges IP cooperation, Kanye West trademark fuels rumours, takeaways from INTA Leadership Meeting: news round-up

In the latest round-up, we look at some takeaways from the recent International Trademark Association Leadership Meeting, China’s latest pledge to increase cooperation over IP rights, and much more.

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Tobacco industry’s revolution – thriving brands, new products and shifting markets: exclusive data analysis

In this industry report, we shine a light on trends in the tobacco sector, reviewing the performance of the top brands in the field and analysing the broader trademark landscape in which they operate.

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Jamie Oliver dispute highlights certification risks; experts say new EU right creates opportunities for canny brands

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver hit the headlines when his online recipes were accused of infringing a US certification mark. The lawsuit coincides with the recent introduction of EU certification rights.

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IP attorney rock stars, NFL partners with London Police and French protesters see orange over plain packaging: news round-up

In this round-up, we look at the fourth country to bring into force plain packaging on tobacco products, a trademark technology start-up’s €3 million in new funding, and much more.

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MLB’s top TTAB user, Thai IP Office gets an upgrade and Russia to introduce “Made in Prison” label: news round-up

In this news round-up, we look at how India may remove the controversial Goods and Services Tax exemption for unbranded food products and how the Chicago Cubs are tackling an increase in counterfeiting.

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OAPI in “period of transition” as new director general appointed; anti-Madrid collective “goes into hiding”

The African Intellectual Property Organisation has confirmed to World Trademark Review that its director general, Paulin Edou Edou, will be leaving at the end of July, with his successor beginning in August.

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