Region: Africa & Middle East

Staffing concerns and digital downgrades – Nigerian IP Office faces challenges in modernisation effort

Talking to WTR, a local trademark expert claims the Nigerian IP Office’s recently-launched new website has had key features removed and that ongoing staffing problems are impacting the registry’s administrative duties.

25 March 2021

Renewal of overdue trademarks in Kenya - an update

As part of the Kenya Industrial Property Institute’s initiative to rid its Trademarks Register of all unwanted registrations, three special journals containing trademarks that were not timeously renewed have now been published.

24 March 2021

WTR Brand Elite analysis: February 2021

Featured in Stock market performance

The WTR Brand Elite project tracks how a defined set of brand-focused companies with industry-leading trademark teams perform against stock market indices.

18 March 2021

Primark v Truworths – who will win?

The South African Primark v Truworths dispute is a warning for IP owners around the world to make use of their trademarks before they are cancelled for non-use. Although the case is still pending, it provides brand owners with vital information for protecting their marks.

17 March 2021

Registration of HILDA device mark limited due to conflict with well-known BARILLA mark

In mixed news for Italian pasta manufacturer Barilla, the Israel Trademark Office has found that the stylised mark HILDA was confusingly similar to the well-known BARILLA mark, but only if used in the same red-and-white colour combination.

16 March 2021

Kenya proceeds with the publication of expired trademarks

The Industrial Property Institute of Kenya has issued a special edition of the Industrial Property Journal, in which it has announced that trademark owners that have not filed to renew their mark will be publicly notified. Further, it has listed more than 2,400 expired marks, which it intends to remove from the trademark register.

11 March 2021

Madagascar: the air of mystery extends to trademarks

Obtaining a trademark registration can be very difficult and expensive in Madagascar, as demonstrated by a recent case.

04 March 2021

A brand owner’s guide to Africa’s regional IP agreements

Inventa International takes a whistle-stop tour through the two regional IP agreements that cover the African continent – the African Intellectual Property Organisation and the African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation.

04 March 2021

IP Hall of Fame nominations open; USPTO reflects on future of designs; Philip Morris prevails in Korea – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Mr Potato Head going gender neutral, Beyond Meat signing new licensing deals, Pink Lady owner defending its trademark, and much more

02 March 2021

Nigeria’s Trademark Opposition Tribunal finally set in motion

The long-awaited Trademark Opposition Tribunal - which was announced as far back as June 2019 by the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment - has finally been commissioned.

02 March 2021

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