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The African Intellectual Property Organisation’s recent changes to the Bangui Agreement are due to have a significant effect on trademark rights. Although the revised agreement is not yet in force, IP practitioners should start familiarising themselves with the new system Read more
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Law firm practitioners in jurisdictions that have adopted the Madrid Protocol in recent years have shared their experience in an exclusive survey. While some praised the system, other were scathing about its impact.
The African Intellectual Property Organisation (OAPI) held its first annual Brand Awards recently, in which cash prizes and trademark filing vouchers were given to local brands judged to be distinctive. Talking to <i>World Trademark Review</i>, OAPI’s director of legal affairs and cooperation, Maurice Batanga, says that the initiative has proved effective – and encourages other IP offices to consider a similar approach to promote innovative use of trademarks.
An independent survey conducted by <em>World Trademark Review</em> has assessed the sentiment of agents accredited by the African Intellectual Property Organisation (OAPI) and feedback was decidedly mixed.
Cameroon has made it clear that it takes the infringement of IP rights very seriously and has brought into force a new law that amends its Penal Code, bringing IP infringement firmly into the realm of criminal law.
The continuing tension between the African Intellectual Property Organisation (OAPI) and accredited agents in the region who oppose its recent accession to the Madrid Protocol shows no sign of abating.
OAPI has launched a new programme in an ongoing effort to introduce and expand geographical indications (GIs) across its 17 member states. This is the first major project from OAPI’s new director general.
The African Intellectual Property Organisation has confirmed to <em>World Trademark Review</em> that its director general, Paulin Edou Edou, will be leaving at the end of July, with his successor beginning in August.
The former director general of OAPI, Paulin Edou Edou, has been accused of signing his own accreditation to be an OAPI trademark agent while still in office. It comes as a court reverses the suspension of IP attorneys for allegedly protesting OAPI’s accession to the Madrid Protocol.
The African Intellectual Property Organisation (OAPI) has suspended two IP attorneys in Cameroon, and in turn prohibited parties from using their law firm for any IP services in proceedings before it, in what one of the lawyers contends is a continuation of a bitter battle between the organisation and a group of agents who claim that its accession to the Madrid Protocol was implemented illegally.
NETCOM, the registry responsible for Cameroon's country-code top-level domain, has introduced third-level ‘.cm’ domain names. Following a sunrise period and a sunrise challenge period, registrations under ‘.co.cm’, ‘.com.cm’ and ‘.net.cm’ have been open to the general public from November 15 2008 on a first-come, first-served basis.