Africa & Middle East

Despite the potential of the Middle East, excessive fees are leading to a shrinking trademark market: exclusive data analysis

In this week’s data report, we examine the state of the trademark market in the Middle East, taking an in-depth look at filing trends in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE in particular.

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New trademark legislation for Malawi: what you need to know

The Trademarks Act No 2 of 2018, which aims to replace Malawi’s antiquated trademark legislation, was published earlier this year. This update summarises the main points of interest of the new act.

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Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Egypt

In addition to the IP Law, a number of other laws and regulations govern the protection and enforcement of trademark rights in Egypt.

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Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Saudi Arabia

Saudi Customs has an internal IP rights unit which provides a database to facilitate enforcement against counterfeit goods. It is possible to formally request customs surveillance to safeguard against counterfeiting and trademark infringement.

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Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Israel

According to the Customs Ordinance, Customs is entitled to detain imported goods that are suspected of infringing trademarks. It is possible, although not mandatory, for rights holders to file a complaint while recording their registered trademarks with Customs

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No BIG DEAL? Supreme Court confirms likelihood of confusion between marks as used

Israel’s Supreme Court has confirmed that there was a likelihood of confusion between the word mark BIG DEAL and the stylised mark BIG DEAL. When comparing the marks as used side-by-side, the likelihood of confusion was apparent.

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High Court: for purposes of passing off, one must compare "whole get-up" of products

In Crabtree Electrical v Lesco Manufacturing, South Africa’s High Court has found that there could be no passing off when one considered the "whole get-up" used by the parties when marketing their products.

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Flurry of royal wedding marks, Israel added to TMview, and India unveils IP mascot: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at a number of trademarks that appear to be related to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the USPTO unveiling a new resource center, the sale of the Toys-R-Us brand, and much more.

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Supreme Court of Appeal: "one cannot monopolise the commons of the English language"

The Supreme Court of Appeal found no likelihood of confusion between PEPPAMATES and PEPPADEW, highlighting the consequences of adopting a descriptive mark through the use of a phonetic equivalent.

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Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Nigeria

Nigeria has no specific anti-counterfeiting law – at least, not a broad one that covers all types of goods and all species of anti-counterfeiting. Hence, the fight against counterfeits involves the creative application of the various laws that affect rights holders...

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Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: United Arab Emirates

For many years, the United Arab Emirates has had one of the most active anti-counterfeiting regimes in the Middle East and Africa.

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Counterfeiting in Africa: part two of an A-Z guide

In part two of our A-Z guide to the anti-counterfeiting framework across Africa, we look at problems and solutions from Nigeria to Zambia.

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Counterfeiting in Africa: part one of an A-Z guide

The world is awash with counterfeit goods, with Africa proving no exception. In the first of part of our A-Z, we examine the anti-counterfeiting frameworks from Algeria to Morocco.

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US government ranks Canada’s border enforcement on same level as China; Special 301 adds Saudi Arabia and UAE

The USTR has published the 2018 Special 301 Report, and Canada has been added to the Priority Watch List due to “a failure to resolve key longstanding deficiencies in protection and enforcement of IP”.

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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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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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Trademark rights “at risk” in Yemen following opening of second independent IP office

​​​​​​​Following ongoing unrest in Yemen, international brand owners have been warned of “a very serious and significant change” to trademark rights in the country following the formation of a second IP office.

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Good news for IP owners: recent legislative changes improve IP protection

Qatar is currently seeking to reinforce its IP protection regime by providing a stronger legal basis for the protection of customer rights, in addition to improving administrative filing systems.

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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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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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New Trademark Bill catches Nigerian stakeholders off guard

In a move that came as a surprise to most stakeholders, Nigeria’s National Assembly Senate Committee on Trade and Investment has held a public hearing for Bill SB 357, which would repeal the current Trademark Act.

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New e-filing system: towards the modernisation of the trademark prosecution process

Kuwait has introduced a new e-filing system for trademark applications. This update examines how the country is modernising its trademark prosecution process in line with international best practices.

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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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