Region: Africa & Middle East

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

Cancellation for non-use can be used to avoid market monopoly in Sao Tome and Principe

Rights holders that are struggling to file a trademark application that is similar to one that is already registered but not in use should consider filing a request of cancellation for non-use to overcome this undue monopolisation.

25 February 2021

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

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