Region: Africa & Middle East

Demystifying the types of permissible trademarks in the emerging IP stronghold of Cape Verde

While Cape Verde has no established convention for non-traditional trademarks, a deep dive into the relevant legislation reveals ways in which they can be used.

07 October 2021

The far-reaching influence of African artists in the world of corporate branding strategies

The collaboration of artists with globally recognised brands in marketing campaigns is well established and can benefit both sides. Today African artists are prominent in this sphere and are beginning to have a global impact.

30 September 2021

New precedential judgment: offering product for sale through ‘hidden link’ is presumed unlawful

In a dispute involving Facebook, adidas and an individual who managed a Facebook group promoting branded products, the Tel-Aviv District Court has held that the offering for sale of products through a ‘hidden link’ scheme was unlawful.

20 September 2021

Understanding the singular regulations of opposition proceedings in Cape Verde

Cape Verde does not belong to regional or international treaties, allowing for local trademark protection. However, companies often fail to realise a local trademark is necessary and are forced to claim well-known or renowned status, which usually makes the opposition proceedings more complex and expensive.

16 September 2021

AfrIPI officially launches but firms urged to raise awareness of ongoing activities

The Africa Intellectual Property Rights and Innovation Project officially launched during the Africa Regional IP Organisation Diplomatic Conference in late August.

01 September 2021

Online marketplaces in South Africa that should be on counterfeit enforcement radars

Featured in Online marketplace counterfeit hotspots

In the latest instalment in our regular series on digital marketplaces that brand owners should monitor as part of their global anti-counterfeiting efforts, we head to South Africa.

01 September 2021

Mariah Carey trademark dispute; Mars Wrigley signs deal with Brand Central; Nigeria counterfeits update – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at China seeking comments on a new judgement standard, the Ayla trademark dispute being revived by the Ninth Circuit, the Costa Rica IP office aligning with CP6, and more.

31 August 2021

MTN Nigeria named WTR’s Europe, Middle East and Africa Team of the Year

Today we are pleased to announce that the Nigerian subsidiary of telecommunications giant MTN Group is the winner of WTR’s 2021 Europe, Middle East and Africa Team of the Year Award.

24 August 2021

Proposals to amend IP law in Rwanda – key points highlighted

According to a report in The New Times, a draft IP law is being considered by a parliamentary committee. This update highlights the main points of interest for IP owners in the country.

23 August 2021

CIPO examination backlog worsens; INTA files amicus brief; UKIPO changes fee process – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at interim deputy director Coke Stewart departing the USPTO, Namibia joining TMclass, Beyond Meat looking to introduce non-dairy brands, and much more.

20 August 2021

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