Region: Africa & Middle East

Estee Lauder and Walt Disney big performers as WTR Brand Elite stocks continue upward momentum

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

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

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