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TUNISIA | EUROPEAN PATENT VALIDATIONS ADVISORY

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TANZANIA | REGISTRY GOES ONLINE

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TRADE MARKS | CAUTIONARY NOTICES NOW POSSIBLE IN SOMALIA

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MOROCCO | REGISTRATION AND RENEWAL CERTIFICATES NOW ISSUED ELECTRONICALLY

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NAMIBIA INTRODUCES NEW INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY ACT

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TRADE MARKS IN ETHIOPIA | WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

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TUNISIA AND SOMALIA JOIN COMESA

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TUNISIA AND SOMALIA JOIN COMESA

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ESWATINI | SWAZILAND NAME CHANGE MADE OFFICIAL BY NOTICE IN GAZETTE

The name change from Swaziland to eSwatini has been made official by Legal Notice No. 80 of 2018 published in the Gazette of 11 May 2018. However, the validity of the name change has now been challenged by the Institute for Democracy and Leadership in Swaziland.

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7 KEY INSIGHTS ON ZIMBABWE'S NEW IP POLICY AND IMPLEMENTATION STRATEGY

On 28 June 2018, Zimbabwe launched its first ever National Intellectual Property Policy and Implementation Strategy (“the Policy”). This Policy was drafted with assistance from WIPO and involved interface meetings and workshops with various stakeholders.

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BROKEN RECORD | KENYA COPYRIGHT DISPUTE

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TRADE MARK PROTECTION IN RWANDA | WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

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THE PROTECTION OF WELL-KNOWN TRADE MARKS IN ANGOLA

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URGENT NOTICE REGARDING LIBYA TRADEMARKS OFFICE

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BOTSWANA | REGISTRY INTERRUPTION EXPECTED

The Botswana Companies and Intellectual Property Authority (CIPA) is relocating to its new offices in Gaborone during the period of 28 September 2018 to 28 October 2018.

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NIGERIA | NATIONAL STRIKE WILL AFFECT REGISTRY OPERATIONS

Adams & Adams' Associate Office in Lagos, Nigeria, has advised our professionals of two significant events that will result in the temporary closure of the Trade Marks Registry in that country

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Malawi's new Trademarks Act is now in force

In terms of Malawi's new Trademarks Act, it is compulsory to file a declaration of intention to use at the time of filing an application. We therefore suggest that all new applications be accompanied by a declaration of intention to use, in order to avoid problems when filing an application.

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A 'Triple Distilled' Summary of recent Trade Mark SCA Cases

In the past twelve months, South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal has handed down four judgments concerning trade marks. Adams & Adams Partner and Chairman, Gérard du Plessis, provides insight into the repercussions of those outcomes for trade mark owners. Watch the video presentation.

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Angola has initiated a fresh process to revise its Industrial Property Law

It is still early days in the revision process of the Angolan Industrial Property Law Act. The purpose of the new draft bill is to bring the current Industrial Property Law, which was enacted in 1992, in line with international standards.

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Morocco now permits the recordal of trade mark rights directly with customs authorities

It is now possible for owners of trade marks locally registered in Morocco - as well as international registrations designating Morocco - to record a suspension application at the customs authorities, requesting the seizure or suspension of any counterfeit products bearing their trade mark.

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Kenya's IP Registry has moved to new offices

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