Region: Africa & Middle East

Understanding the opposition process in Sao Tome and Principe’s IP legislation

From grounds of refusal to crucial milestones, Sao Tome and Principe’s trademark process sets out a thorough process whereby rights holders and interested third parties can object to applications.

19 August 2021

WTR Industry Awards: 15 years of winners and nominees in numbers

Looking back at 15 years of the WTR Industry Awards, today we scrutinise every nominee and winner to reveal the brands that have been most lauded since the annual event began.

18 August 2021

Important developments regarding anti-counterfeiting - what brand owners need to know

For a number of years, there has been talk that every brand owner that imports goods into Kenya will be required to record its trademark with Customs. This requirement is now becoming a reality as a result of the publication of two new regulations.

17 August 2021

WTR Industry Awards 2021 shortlist revealed

We are pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2021 WTR Industry Awards, with winners to be unveiled next week.

16 August 2021

PepsiCo sells Tropicana brand; Oatly loses infringement suit; Banjul Protocol effective in The Gambia – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at OpSec Security launching an analytics tool to neutralise bad actor networks, a Scottish knitwear company winning an EUIPO appeal, and much more.

06 August 2021

Priority claims and IP rights in Nigeria: urgent call for action

The Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property has not yet been fully implemented in Nigeria, which has triggered recent calls for action by stakeholders.

30 July 2021

Why Rwanda is the next big opportunity for IP investors

Rwanda has made major socioeconomic progress in the last 20 years, with a $1.2 billion investment into energy production and a rapidly growing population attracting the attention of foreign investors. A deep dive into the existing trademark regime shows why the country is one to watch.

29 July 2021

The Banjul Protocol, Schweppes and a first-of-its-kind decision in Uganda: Legal Updates from Africa and the Middle East you may have missed

WTR’s Legal Updates are written by a select panel of over 160 leading experts who analyse the latest trademark-related developments and decisions in more than 60 jurisdictions.

29 July 2021


Featured in World Trademark Review Yearbook 2021/2022

While the Trademark Ordinance predominantly provides protection for registered trademarks, it also protects unregistered well-known trademarks.

29 July 2021

Reducing refusals in Egypt: practical strategies for rights holders

A number of brand owners have run into problems when filing applications through a subsidiary or associated company in Egypt.

27 July 2021

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