While the Trademark Ordinance predominantly provides protection for registered trademarks, it also protects unregistered well-known trademarks.
In our latest round-up, we look at a fashion brand in a dispute with two NFL teams, the New York Times shining the spotlight on illicit vendors in Barcelona, Nike facing a brand boycott due to its new Colin Kaepernick ad campaign, and much more.
Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda each have different legal approaches to the treatment of parallel imports, making generalisations dangerous for trademark owners and importers alike.
Proposed amendments to the Anti-Counterfeiting Act suggest that all marks relating to goods to be imported into Kenya must be recorded with the Anti-counterfeit Authority and trademark registration will be a prerequisite.
The EUIPO has released a new report, compiling research since 2013, to present a comprehensive and updated picture of the scope and impact of IP rights infringement in the European Union.
In addition to the IP Law, a number of other laws and regulations govern the protection and enforcement of trademark rights in Egypt.
Saudi Customs has an internal IP rights unit which provides a database to facilitate enforcement against counterfeit goods. It is possible to formally request customs surveillance to safeguard against counterfeiting and trademark infringement.
For many years, the United Arab Emirates has had one of the most active anti-counterfeiting regimes in the Middle East and Africa.
According to the Customs Ordinance, Customs is entitled to detain imported goods that are suspected of infringing trademarks. It is possible, although not mandatory, for rights holders to file a complaint while recording their registered trademarks with Customs.
Nigeria has no specific anti-counterfeiting law – at least, not a broad one that covers all types of goods and all species of anti-counterfeiting. Hence, the fight against counterfeits involves the creative application of the various laws that affect rights holders in one way or another.
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.
The world is awash with counterfeit goods, with Africa proving no exception. In the first of part of our A-Z, we examine the anti-counterfeiting frameworks from Algeria to Morocco.
In a move that came as a surprise to most stakeholders, Nigeria’s National Assembly Senate Committee on Trade and Investment has held a public hearing for Bill SB 357, which would repeal the current Trademark Act.
The USTR has published the 2018 Special 301 Report, and Canada has been added to the Priority Watch List due to “a failure to resolve key longstanding deficiencies in protection and enforcement of IP”.
Trademark counsel have had their say on the efficiency of customs authorities across the globe – with some of the largest importers of counterfeit goods giving cause for continued concern.