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8 Jul 2020

Enforcement in Africa: key qualities of a continent-wide brand protection strategy

WTR traverses the whole of Africa to provide brand owners with a comprehensive guide to brand protection across the region. Read more

8 Nov 2019

Are international trademark registrations valid in Zambia?

The recent judgment of the Zambian registrar of trademarks in Sigma-Tau Industrie Farmaceutiche Riunite v Amina Limited deals with the vexed question of whether international registrations are actually valid in Zambia. Read more

1 Oct 2019

Trademark licensing in Africa: an A-Z whistle-stop tour

With Africa proving to be a particularly lucrative region for brands seeking licensing opportunities, we examine what rights holders need to know about trademark licences from a swathe of nations across the continent. Read more

6 Mar 2019

Court of Appeal considers registration on basis of honest concurrent use or special circumstances

In a somewhat surprising decision, the Zambian Court of Appeal has held that the US Polo Association was entitled to register a polo player mark in Classes 18 and 25 in the face of an earlier polo player mark in the same classes, finding that there were “special circumstances” that warranted registration. Read more


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11 May 2018

Counterfeiting in Africa: part two of an A-Z guide

In part two of our A-Z guide to the anti-counterfeiting framework across Africa, we look at problems and solutions from Nigeria to Zambia. Read more

Enforcement and Litigation

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29 Apr 2016

The evolution of African trademark case law

Over the past year there has been a regular stream of cases in Africa – with the number of decisions set to increase in the coming years

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10 Oct 2016

New registered design legislation in Zambia

The Industrial Design Act 2016 has now come into effect in Zambia and repealed the Registered Design Law 1958. Some of the notable features of the new act are outlined in this update.

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Portfolio Management

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24 Jul 2012

Unregistered trademarks do not provide grounds for opposition

In <i>D H Brothers Industries v Olivine Industries</i>, the Supreme Court of Zambia has held that a trademark application in Zambia may not be opposed on the basis of an earlier, similar, but unregistered trademark, even if that earlier trademark is well known. The decision has placed Zambia in breach of its obligations under Article 6<i>bis</i> of the Paris Convention.

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