Region: Africa & Middle East

Growth in IP awareness in Nigeria: comedian takes on Friesland Foods and UACN Foods

Recent cases involving Nigerian comedian Chukwuemeka Ejekwu, popularly known as Oga Sabinus, highlight the growing awareness of the importance of IP rights protection in the country.

22 July 2022

Industry leaders divided on ability of current laws to protect brands in metaverse

Exclusive data finds trademark experts are split down the middle on whether the existing IP system is positioned to protect IP rights in the metaverse.

20 July 2022

CHEF LINE: descriptive or suggestive?

The IP adjudicator found that, while the mark CHEF LINE was inherently descriptive in relation to the goods and services at issue, it had acquired distinctive character through use.

12 July 2022

NFTs, UDRPs, Amazon brand protection update: insights from WTR Connect 2022

Takeaways from last week’s WTR Connect virtual event, including exclusive insights from brand professionals at Amazon, Verizon and the EUIPO.

04 July 2022

Zambia joins TMview; AI bots clash on brand protection views; WB Mason wins BLIZZARD lawsuit – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Hailey Bieber being sued for trademark infringement, ICANN and EURid teaming up, and much more.

24 June 2022

South Africa raises counterfeit alert; Tesco and Lidl logo clash; IPOPHL celebrates 25 years – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Italy stepping up the fight against food fakes, 50% of consumers holding brands responsible for counterfeiting, and much more.

14 June 2022

Popular expressions: brand owners beware

A Nigerian comedian and content creator, who is credited as having popularised the phrase ‘something hooge’, recently threatened legal action against the owners of a milk brand over the use of the expression in an Instagram post.

13 June 2022

Clarifications on the need for ACA recordal of IP rights

Trademark owners who do business in Kenya should record their most important Kenyan or foreign trademark registrations with the Anti-counterfeiting Authority.

09 June 2022

Federal High Court considers registrability of similar trademarks under Section 5 of the Trademarks Act

The decision did not leave any room for doubt as to the rights vested by the law on the proprietor of a registered trademark in Nigeria.

06 May 2022

Rubik’s Cube and soul food feature in Africa and Middle East Legal Updates that you may have missed

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

27 April 2022

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