Region: Africa & Middle East

Yoruba trademark case sparks Nigerian cultural appropriation debate

CultureTree's viral tweet and hashtag #Yorubaisnotforsale sparks an online debate about whether registering a trademark name for an ethnic group is cultural appropriation.

22 July 2021

High Court issues landmark decision on industrial design infringement

This is first time that the High Court of Uganda has considered the issue of the infringement of industrial design rights.

20 July 2021

Godrej case: re-examining the jurisdiction of the Commercial Court

Twenty-one years after the Kibo Match decision, in which the Commercial Court’s jurisdiction to entertain trademark disputes was questioned for the first time, the Commercial Court has re-affirmed its competence in Godrej v Target.

13 July 2021

Examining the official and unofficial translation rules for trademarks in Cape Verde

Applicants filing in alphabets other than Latin can avoid having their trademarks refused in Cape Verde by adjusting their filing strategy and making necessary alterations to the application before submitting it.

08 July 2021

Coca-Cola wins TTAB claim; adidas and Thom Browne clash; EUIPO breaks trademark application record – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the USPTO eliminating the handwritten signature requirement, the Finnish IP office revamping its trademark web pages, and much more.

02 July 2021

Three types of patent in the Democratic Republic of the Congo explained

The thriving IP landscape in the Democratic Republic of the Congo provides IP owners with several options for patent applications. Here, we get to grips with the types of patent that can be registered.

24 June 2021

Israeli court decides that Schweppes drink imported from Ukraine does not infringe SCHWEPPES mark

An Israeli district court has held that, despite the different sources of origin of the goods, a Schweppes drink imported from Ukraine did not infringe the trademark SCHWEPPES, owned by an Israeli drinks manufacturer.

16 June 2021

Counterfeit hotspots in South Africa that brand owners must be aware of

In the latest instalment in our regular series on marketplaces around the globe that are reportedly notorious for being counterfeit havens, we head to South Africa.

14 June 2021

Court upholds Nivea Men passing-off claim

South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal has ruled in favour of Beiersdorf, finding that a shower gel product, Connie Men, passed off the long-established brand Nivea Men. The case is unusual in that one judge issued a robust dissenting judgment.

14 June 2021

Amended trademark regulations come into force: key points highlighted

Uganda's Trademarks (Amendment) Regulations No 9/2021, which came into effect on 14 May 2021, has brought about some welcome changes to the provisions of the Trademark Regulations 2012.

10 June 2021

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