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22 February 2018

Good news for rights holders: SON and NAFDAC enter into partnership to tackle fake and substandard products

The Standard Organisation of Nigeria and the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control have entered into a partnership to tackle and combat fake and substandard products in the country.

06 February 2018

US Senate confirms Iancu, Zimbabwe targets fakes and brands oppose Conor McGregor: news round-up

In our latest news round-up we look at how the Zimbabwe government is pledging to tackle counterfeit goods, the brands being accused of using “underhand tricks” to fool consumers, and much more.

05 January 2018

USPTO urged to address mobile issues, Malawi to establish national office, and bootleg fashion all the rage: news round-up

In today’s edition, we look at the USPTO being urged to improve its mobile capability and the new Trademarks Bill introduced in Malawi. 

04 January 2018

Zimbabwe clamps down on forged trademarks

A woman from Harare has been convicted under the Zimbabwe Trademarks Act of forging the DStv trademark and falsely claiming that she and her colleagues were authorised MultiChoice agents.

08 December 2017

Lego clinches another IP victory, police powers for Moldovan IP office, and plain packaged political parties: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at the IP implications of the European Union and Japan’s finalised trade deal, the brands that are signing a major anti-counterfeiting declaration, and much more.

04 December 2017

EIPA conference discusses IP successes and challenges in the United Arab Emirates

The recent Regional Intellectual Property Crime Conference discussed IP rights issues that must be faced by UAE authorities and focused on the importance of regional and international cooperation in the fight against counterfeiting.

06 October 2017

IP attorney rock stars, NFL partners with London Police and French protesters see orange over plain packaging: news round-up

In this round-up, we look at the fourth country to bring into force plain packaging on tobacco products, a trademark technology start-up’s €3 million in new funding, and much more. 

27 September 2017

Proposed life sentences for counterfeiters in Nigeria hailed as “a welcome development”

A bill in Nigeria has proposed a series of amendments to the country’s counterfeiting legislation, including life sentences for those convicted of selling certain types of counterfeit products. 

25 September 2017

NAFDAC proposes life sentences for counterfeiters

The National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control has recently submitted a bill to Parliament seeking to amend the Counterfeit and Fake Drugs and Unwholesome Processed Foods (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act. 

18 July 2017

Fees rise as trademark operations resume in northern Iraq; counterfeit problems persist

The Trademark Office in the northern Iraq region of Kurdistan has reopened its doors to trademark applications following a temporary suspension of operations. While costs have risen, the market should be on the radar of counsel as the market expands and counterfeiters look to capitalise.

01 July 2017

Notorious markets: where to police

In the second of a two-part series, we profile markets which were omitted from the Office of the US Trade Representative’s Notorious Markets List, but which brand owners should have on their radars. This issue, we turn our attention to Asia and Africa

22 June 2017

Most used counterfeit trade routes revealed as pressure on enforcement authorities continues to rise

New research has revealed that counterfeiters are using Hong Kong, the United Arab Emirates and Singapore as their main global trading hubs.

18 May 2017

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Nigeria

In spite of socio-economic challenges, Nigeria has continued to witness growth and expansion, diversification and a greater level of transparence. Contributing factors to this are Nigeria’s creative industries, which have grown somewhat informally, as well as a fast-emerging retail culture.

18 May 2017

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Israel

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. It is highly recommended that such a complaint be filed if the rights holder is aware of specific shipments of infringing goods bound for Israel or if it wishes to bring certain trademarks to the attention of Customs.

31 March 2017

ACFD recognises importance of protecting registered trademarks against use as trade names

Traditionally, the approach of the Anti-counterfeiting and Fraud Department (ACFD) to trademark infringement was that trademark rights may be enforced only against infringing goods. However, a recent case shows that the ACDF now seems to be recognising the importance of protecting a registered owner’s trademark against use as a trade name.