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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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Sierra Leone's much-anticipated Trade Marks Act sputters to life

The Sierra Leone IP Registry has now indicated that that is applying the Trade Marks Act No. 8 of 2014 (the new Act). This follows a long period of uncertainty concerning the applicable trademark legislation in Sierra Leone.

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IAM Patent 1000 says ‘regional powerbroker’ Adams & Adams is the top patent firm in South Africa

IAM Patent 1000 has declared Adams & Adams as the 2019 Patent Firm of the Year, South Africa.

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What the new Competition Amendment Act means for South Africa's economy

President Cyril Ramaphosa has signed the Competition Amendment Bill (“the Amendment Act”) into law. It is a significant moment for competition law and enforcement in South Africa.

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Bosasa has announced their voluntary liquidation. What is the legal process?

The African Global Group of companies (better known by its trading name, Bosasa) reported that it intends applying for its voluntary liquidation. What is the legal process? How long will it take? How will employees be affected?

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Suspending your employee. The Long and the short of it

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Sudan has scrapped IP appeal committees in favour of court processes

The mandate of committees of appeal has been terminated, meaning that all written submissions challenging official actions must now be filed as applications before the High Court.

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Hopes that changes to the Bangui Agreement will improve trade mark prosecution and litigation processes

It is hoped that a revision of the terms and functionality of the Bangui Agreement, subject to ratification by all member states of OAPI, will bring significant changes to the prosecution and litigation procedures in respect of trade marks, as well as OAPI’s administration of these processes.

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Hopes that changes to the Bangui Agreement will improve trade mark prosecution and litigation processes

It is hoped that a revision of the terms and functionality of the Bangui Agreement, subject to ratification by all member states of OAPI, will bring significant changes to the prosecution and litigation procedures in respect of trade marks, as well as OAPI’s administration of these processes.

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Hopes that changes to the Bangui Agreement will improve trade mark prosecution and litigation processes

It is hoped that a revision of the terms and functionality of the Bangui Agreement, subject to ratification by all member states of OAPI, will bring significant changes to the prosecution and litigation procedures in respect of trade marks, as well as OAPI’s administration of these processes.

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Hopes that changes to the Bangui Agreement will improve trade mark prosecution and litigation processes

It is hoped that a revision of the terms and functionality of the Bangui Agreement, subject to ratification by all member states of OAPI, will bring significant changes to the prosecution and litigation procedures in respect of trade marks, as well as OAPI’s administration of these processes.

Read more here

Hopes that changes to the Bangui Agreement will improve trade mark prosecution and litigation processes

It is hoped that a revision of the terms and functionality of the Bangui Agreement, subject to ratification by all member states of OAPI, will bring significant changes to the prosecution and litigation procedures in respect of trade marks, as well as OAPI’s administration of these processes.

Read more here

Hopes that changes to the Bangui Agreement will improve trade mark prosecution and litigation processes

It is hoped that a revision of the terms and functionality of the Bangui Agreement, subject to ratification by all member states of OAPI, will bring significant changes to the prosecution and litigation procedures in respect of trade marks, as well as OAPI’s administration of these processes.

Read more here

Hopes that changes to the Bangui Agreement will improve trade mark prosecution and litigation processes

It is hoped that a revision of the terms and functionality of the Bangui Agreement, subject to ratification by all member states of OAPI, will bring significant changes to the prosecution and litigation procedures in respect of trade marks, as well as OAPI’s administration of these processes.

Read more here

Hopes that changes to the Bangui Agreement will improve trade mark prosecution and litigation processes

It is hoped that a revision of the terms and functionality of the Bangui Agreement, subject to ratification by all member states of OAPI, will bring significant changes to the prosecution and litigation procedures in respect of trade marks, as well as OAPI’s administration of these processes.

Read more here

Hopes that changes to the Bangui Agreement will improve trade mark prosecution and litigation processes

It is hoped that a revision of the terms and functionality of the Bangui Agreement, subject to ratification by all member states of OAPI, will bring significant changes to the prosecution and litigation procedures in respect of trade marks, as well as OAPI’s administration of these processes.

Read more here

Hopes that changes to the Bangui Agreement will improve trade mark prosecution and litigation processes

It is hoped that a revision of the terms and functionality of the Bangui Agreement, subject to ratification by all member states of OAPI, will bring significant changes to the prosecution and litigation procedures in respect of trade marks, as well as OAPI’s administration of these processes.

Read more here

Hopes that changes to the Bangui Agreement will improve trade mark prosecution and litigation processes

It is hoped that a revision of the terms and functionality of the Bangui Agreement, subject to ratification by all member states of OAPI, will bring significant changes to the prosecution and litigation procedures in respect of trade marks, as well as OAPI’s administration of these processes.

Read more here

Hopes that changes to the Bangui Agreement will improve trade mark prosecution and litigation processes

It is hoped that a revision of the terms and functionality of the Bangui Agreement, subject to ratification by all member states of OAPI, will bring significant changes to the prosecution and litigation procedures in respect of trade marks, as well as OAPI’s administration of these processes.

Read more here

Hopes that changes to the Bangui Agreement will improve trade mark prosecution and litigation processes

It is hoped that a revision of the terms and functionality of the Bangui Agreement, subject to ratification by all member states of OAPI, will bring significant changes to the prosecution and litigation procedures in respect of trade marks, as well as OAPI’s administration of these processes.

Read more here

ANC's proposed changes to the Road Accident Fund will prejudice 20 million children

The African National Congress (“ANC”), the dominant political party in South Africa, is pushing hard to prejudice approximately 20 million children, with a proposal to change the Road Accident Fund (“RAF”), prior to the upcoming elections.

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Listen | The Application to set aside the resolution to liquidate Bosasa

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Zambia | Notice regarding Property Transfer Tax for Intellectual Property

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David Guetta accused of copyright infringement

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Inventor challenges Zimbabwean Patent Office on business method inventions

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Tweeting Truthfully in Paid Posts - Advice for brands and influencers

The South African Advertising Regulatory Board (ARB) will soon issue a set of local guidelines on acceptable social media marketing and advertising, including brand promotion through the use of influencers.

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