Region: Africa & Middle East

How the concept of morality is implemented at the African Intellectual Property Organisation

The concept of good morals in the trademark field is ever-changing and depends on the region and group in question. Trademark professionals consider what the African Intellectual Property Organisation is doing to both maintain a standardised trademark practice and adapt this concept to the regions that it covers.

25 February 2021

Trademark registration in the Seychelles – a global data analysis

We take a dive into the Seychelles’ trademark filing numbers to reveal the most popular classes and top country filers in the region.

18 February 2021

An essential guide to filing trademarks in Uganda

Uganda is an emerging market, and with this economic rise comes an increase in trademark filing activity – but not all applications are registered in good faith. Here is all you need to know about filing trademarks in the country.

11 February 2021

First Angolan IP Congress confirmed

The first Angolan IP Congress promises to make a valuable contribution to IP law in Angola – and for Africa in general. Here we outline everything you need to know about the upcoming event.

04 February 2021

Challenges of using the Madrid Protocol in Africa

Applicants should be aware of several challenges with regard to using the Madrid Protocol to file trademarks in Africa, including bureaucratic delays, conflicts between international and national law, and issues with civil versus common law countries.

28 January 2021

New ARIPO director ‘vision for future’; AAFA counterfeit liability call; Boohoo buys Debenhams – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Nike taking a kick at counterfeit footwear manufacturers, USPTO reopening a comment period on state sovereign immunity, ICANN inviting leadership applications, and much more.

26 January 2021

Apple wrestles ‘most valuable brand’ crown from Amazon as diversification drives growth

Apple has replaced Amazon at the top of the Brand Finance Global 500 2021 ranking of the world’s most valuable brands following a stellar 87% increase in brand value over the past year.

26 January 2021

WeChat nudges past Ferrari to top brand strength rankings

WeChat has been named the world’s strongest brand in new research from Brand Finance, with Ferrari dropping to second place and Sber moving up to third.

26 January 2021

How to proceed when a trademark is about to be granted in Cape Verde

Receiving an official notification for the payment of registration fees indicates that an application is soon to be granted. However, between paying the fees and receiving the registration certificate, there are crucial steps that the applicant must consider.

14 January 2021

The digitalisation of trademark records in Nigeria: urgent need for action

While an online filing platform was introduced at the Trademark Registry in 2012, all other stages of processing applications are still conducted manually - and the problems linked to these manual processes only became more pronounced during the recent lockdown.

14 January 2021

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