Region: Africa & Middle East

Brand owners take note: 1 January 2023 deadline approaching to file recordals

The deadline for the implementation of the Anti-counterfeiting Authority (ACA)'s dual recordal system for IP rights is fast approaching. IP rights owners should file their recordals now to meet the ACA's requirements for import.

10 November 2022

The ‘something hooge’ catchphrase, single-letter marks and more: five Africa and Middle East Legal Updates you may have missed

We continue our latest series highlighting Legal Updates that you may have missed with insights on recent developments in Africa and the Middle East.

27 October 2022

The need for a national IP policy and strategy in Nigeria

The Nigerian government has recently organised a workshop - in collaboration with WIPO - for the validation of the draft “National Intellectual Property Policy and Strategy”, demonstrating a new level of commitment to the formulation of a national IP policy.

27 October 2022

Brands in Africa: the dos and the don’ts

Featured in World Trademark Review Yearbook 2022/2023

For brand owners, it makes sense to identify the business opportunity first and secure deals before thinking of brand protection. However, in an African context, it is prudent to secure protection of trademarks sooner rather than later.

21 October 2022

Israel: Trademark procedures and strategies

Featured in World Trademark Review Yearbook 2022/2023

Any person or legal entity may obtain protection for a mark in Israel. No power of attorney is required before filing, but one must be submitted to the Israeli Trademark Office (ITO) at a later stage. No notarisation or legalisation is required.

21 October 2022

Court of Appeal clarifies that second appeal may lie from decision of registrar of trademarks

The Court of Appeal provided certainty by clarifying that the High Court is not the last avenue of appeal following a decision of the registrar.

10 October 2022

Enforcing IP rights in the United Arab Emirates' new and improved legislative landscape

In March, a new Trademark Law came into effect, bringing sweeping changes to policy including a major upgrade to enforcement mechanisms. Rajiv Suri of Alsuwaidi & Company provides invaluable advice on IP strategy for this newly brand-friendly jurisdiction.

06 October 2022

New trademark legislation in Zambia: the Trademarks Bill 2022

The Trademarks Bill 2022 will, when passed, fundamentally change Zambian trademark law.

03 October 2022

Counterfeit hotspots in Uganda that brand owners must be aware of

In a new edition from our ongoing series on physical marketplaces that reportedly engage in the trade of counterfeit goods, we head to Uganda.

28 September 2022

Brand protection in 2027: new WTR Special Report released

WTR’s latest Special Report, available now to subscribers, explores what life could look like for brand protection professionals in 2027.

27 September 2022

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