Region: Zambia

New trademark legislation in Zambia: the Trademarks Bill 2022

The Trademarks Bill 2022 will, when passed, fundamentally change Zambian trademark law.

03 October 2022

Zambia joins TMview; AI bots clash on brand protection views; WB Mason wins BLIZZARD lawsuit – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Hailey Bieber being sued for trademark infringement, ICANN and EURid teaming up, and much more.

24 June 2022

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.

08 July 2020

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.

08 November 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.

01 October 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.

06 March 2019

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.

11 May 2018

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The Industrial Design Act 2016 has now come into effect in Zambia and repealed the Registered Design Law 1958.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.

10 October 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

29 April 2016

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.

24 July 2012

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