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Adams & Adams provides international and local clients with world-class legal services and advice in the fields of intellectual property and other commercial fields in most countries on the African continent.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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Listen | The Intellectual Property information gap, the risks and opportunities for value creation, and how to get there.

Power FM's Iman Rapetti spoke to Darren Olivier and Adv. Annemarie van de Merwe about the recent examples of IP mismanagement, ignorance and under-reporting. How should boards dela with the opportunities, risks and governance of intellectual property?

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Listen | The Copyright Amendment Blow? How the Bill will affect the Creative Sector

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Assigning High Demand Spectrum in the ICT Sector - A possible hybrid method

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Ethiopia has introduced an online trade mark filing system

The Ethiopian Intellectual Property Office (EIPO), in collaboration with the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO), has officially adopted an online trade mark filing system.

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Rugby League star's family to receive compensation following his wrongful death in hospital

The High Court in Pretoria has ruled that Gauteng's current Health MEC, Dr Gwen Ramokgopa, must pay for all damages sustained as a result of a local rugby league player's death at the Steve Biko Hospital.

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Free Trade Agreement reaches minimum threshold to enter into force

Of the 52 states that have signed the consolidated founding text of the AfCFTA Agreement, 22 have now complied with their domestic requirements for the ratification of the agreement.

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Free Trade Agreement reaches minimum threshold to enter into force

Of the 52 states that have signed the consolidated founding text of the AfCFTA Agreement, 22 have now complied with their domestic requirements for the ratification of the agreement.

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Free Trade Agreement reaches minimum threshold to enter into force

Of the 52 states that have signed the consolidated founding text of the AfCFTA Agreement, 22 have now complied with their domestic requirements for the ratification of the agreement.

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Free Trade Agreement reaches minimum threshold to enter into force

Of the 52 states that have signed the consolidated founding text of the AfCFTA Agreement, 22 have now complied with their domestic requirements for the ratification of the agreement.

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Free Trade Agreement reaches minimum threshold to enter into force

Of the 52 states that have signed the consolidated founding text of the AfCFTA Agreement, 22 have now complied with their domestic requirements for the ratification of the agreement.

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Free Trade Agreement reaches minimum threshold to enter into force

Of the 52 states that have signed the consolidated founding text of the AfCFTA Agreement, 22 have now complied with their domestic requirements for the ratification of the agreement.

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Free Trade Agreement reaches minimum threshold to enter into force

Of the 52 states that have signed the consolidated founding text of the AfCFTA Agreement, 22 have now complied with their domestic requirements for the ratification of the agreement.

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Free Trade Agreement reaches minimum threshold to enter into force

Of the 52 states that have signed the consolidated founding text of the AfCFTA Agreement, 22 have now complied with their domestic requirements for the ratification of the agreement.

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Free Trade Agreement reaches minimum threshold to enter into force

Of the 52 states that have signed the consolidated founding text of the AfCFTA Agreement, 22 have now complied with their domestic requirements for the ratification of the agreement.

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Free Trade Agreement reaches minimum threshold to enter into force

Of the 52 states that have signed the consolidated founding text of the AfCFTA Agreement, 22 have now complied with their domestic requirements for the ratification of the agreement.

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Free Trade Agreement reaches minimum threshold to enter into force

Of the 52 states that have signed the consolidated founding text of the AfCFTA Agreement, 22 have now complied with their domestic requirements for the ratification of the agreement.

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Free Trade Agreement reaches minimum threshold to enter into force

Of the 52 states that have signed the consolidated founding text of the AfCFTA Agreement, 22 have now complied with their domestic requirements for the ratification of the agreement.

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Free Trade Agreement reaches minimum threshold to enter into force

Of the 52 states that have signed the consolidated founding text of the AfCFTA Agreement, 22 have now complied with their domestic requirements for the ratification of the agreement.

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Free Trade Agreement reaches minimum threshold to enter into force

Of the 52 states that have signed the consolidated founding text of the AfCFTA Agreement, 22 have now complied with their domestic requirements for the ratification of the agreement.

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Free Trade Agreement reaches minimum threshold to enter into force

Of the 52 states that have signed the consolidated founding text of the AfCFTA Agreement, 22 have now complied with their domestic requirements for the ratification of the agreement.

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Free Trade Agreement reaches minimum threshold to enter into force

Of the 52 states that have signed the consolidated founding text of the AfCFTA Agreement, 22 have now complied with their domestic requirements for the ratification of the agreement.

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Free Trade Agreement reaches minimum threshold to enter into force

Of the 52 states that have signed the consolidated founding text of the AfCFTA Agreement, 22 have now complied with their domestic requirements for the ratification of the agreement.

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Free Trade Agreement reaches minimum threshold to enter into force

Of the 52 states that have signed the consolidated founding text of the AfCFTA Agreement, 22 have now complied with their domestic requirements for the ratification of the agreement.

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Free Trade Agreement reaches minimum threshold to enter into force

Of the 52 states that have signed the consolidated founding text of the AfCFTA Agreement, 22 have now complied with their domestic requirements for the ratification of the agreement.

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Free Trade Agreement reaches minimum threshold to enter into force

Of the 52 states that have signed the consolidated founding text of the AfCFTA Agreement, 22 have now complied with their domestic requirements for the ratification of the agreement.

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Free Trade Agreement reaches minimum threshold to enter into force

Of the 52 states that have signed the consolidated founding text of the AfCFTA Agreement, 22 have now complied with their domestic requirements for the ratification of the agreement.

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Technological development and innovation is changing the way business is done in Africa

With over 400 tech and innovation hubs across the continent, more and more Africans are creating tech-based solutions to solve local issues in their regions.

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Technological development and innovation is changing the way business is done in Africa

With over 400 tech and innovation hubs across the continent, more and more Africans are creating tech-based solutions to solve local issues in their regions.

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Technological development and innovation is changing the way business is done in Africa

With over 400 tech and innovation hubs across the continent, more and more Africans are creating tech-based solutions to solve local issues in their regions.

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Technological development and innovation is changing the way business is done in Africa

With over 400 tech and innovation hubs across the continent, more and more Africans are creating tech-based solutions to solve local issues in their regions.

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Technological development and innovation is changing the way business is done in Africa

With over 400 tech and innovation hubs across the continent, more and more Africans are creating tech-based solutions to solve local issues in their regions.

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Technological development and innovation is changing the way business is done in Africa

With over 400 tech and innovation hubs across the continent, more and more Africans are creating tech-based solutions to solve local issues in their regions.

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Technological development and innovation is changing the way business is done in Africa

With over 400 tech and innovation hubs across the continent, more and more Africans are creating tech-based solutions to solve local issues in their regions.

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Technological development and innovation is changing the way business is done in Africa

With over 400 tech and innovation hubs across the continent, more and more Africans are creating tech-based solutions to solve local issues in their regions.

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Technological development and innovation is changing the way business is done in Africa

With over 400 tech and innovation hubs across the continent, more and more Africans are creating tech-based solutions to solve local issues in their regions.

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Technological development and innovation is changing the way business is done in Africa

With over 400 tech and innovation hubs across the continent, more and more Africans are creating tech-based solutions to solve local issues in their regions.

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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These ingenious African inventors are tackling the world's worst water weed

Hya Matla Organics has found a way to deal with a plant that is choking Africa’s waterways, and Adams & Adams is leading the charge to protect their invention worldwide.

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These ingenious African inventors are tackling the world's worst water weed

Hya Matla Organics has found a way to deal with a plant that is choking Africa’s waterways, and Adams & Adams is leading the charge to protect their invention worldwide.

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Cross-examination is possible in cancellation proceedings in Kenya

While cross-examination or oral testimony is unlikely to be the norm in proceedings before the Registrar in Kenya, it is worth bearing in mind that, in certain circumstances, it is justifiable and within the discretion of the Registrar to direct that a deponent travel to Kenya to provide oral evidence.

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Burundi | Reminder - TM Renewals Deadline - 29 July 2019

Proprietors of trade marks in Burundi should take note of an upcoming trade mark renewal deadline which may be relevant to their marks in this country.

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Making a song and dance about Copyright in Choreography

Dance as a copyright-protected work came under the international spotlight over the last year in the USA.

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Rwanda | Upcoming renewal deadline for trade mark registrations

A Rwandan trade mark registration is valid for a 10 year period from the date of filing and is, thereafter, renewable for like periods. The Rwandan Registry allows for a grace period of 10 months following the expiry of a mark, within which to apply for the late renewal of a mark, subject to the payment of a penalty fee.

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New Trade Mark Opposition Tribunal for Nigeria

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The Tiff over Teff | Traditional Knowledge

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The Tiff over Teff | Traditional Knowledge

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The Grocery Retail Sector Market Inquiry preliminary report on Exclusive Lease Agreements

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No Patent Protection for Pharmaceutical Products in Rwanda

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Hopes that Malawi's new IP Policy will stimulate Economic Growth

The National Intellectual Property Policy was launched in Malawi in May 2019. The Policy is part of the Malawian government’s Growth and Development Strategy III, which has identified industrialisation and the structural transformation of the economy as a key priority area essential to maintaining long-term growth and economic development.

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The enforceability of International Registrations in Zambia

In considering the status of International Registrations in Zambia, the Registrar held that an IR is “a trade mark that is already on the register” as required in terms of Section 17 of the Zambian Trade Marks Act and “for all intents and purposes no different to an application filed locally”.

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The new Memorandum of Agreement between Competition Commission and ICASA explained

The Competition Commission and ICASA have signed a new memorandum of agreement to manage concurrent jurisdiction in the ICT sector

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Restoration and optimism dominate Africa IP Conversations

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Restoration and optimism dominate Africa IP Conversations

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Restoration and optimism dominate Africa IP Conversations

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Restoration and optimism dominate Africa IP Conversations

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Restoration and optimism dominate Africa IP Conversations

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Restoration and optimism dominate Africa IP Conversations

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Restoration and optimism dominate Africa IP Conversations

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Restoration and optimism dominate Africa IP Conversations

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Restoration and optimism dominate Africa IP Conversations

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Restoration and optimism dominate Africa IP Conversations

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Restoration and optimism dominate Africa IP Conversations

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Restoration and optimism dominate Africa IP Conversations

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Restoration and optimism dominate Africa IP Conversations

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Restoration and optimism dominate Africa IP Conversations

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Restoration and optimism dominate Africa IP Conversations

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Restoration and optimism dominate Africa IP Conversations

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Restoration and optimism dominate Africa IP Conversations

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Restoration and optimism dominate Africa IP Conversations

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Restoration and optimism dominate Africa IP Conversations

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Restoration and optimism dominate Africa IP Conversations

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Restoration and optimism dominate Africa IP Conversations

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Restoration and optimism dominate Africa IP Conversations

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Restoration and optimism dominate Africa IP Conversations

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Restoration and optimism dominate Africa IP Conversations

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Restoration and optimism dominate Africa IP Conversations

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Restoration and optimism dominate Africa IP Conversations

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Restoration and optimism dominate Africa IP Conversations

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Restoration and optimism dominate Africa IP Conversations

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Restoration and optimism dominate Africa IP Conversations

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Restoration and optimism dominate Africa IP Conversations

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Restoration and optimism dominate Africa IP Conversations

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Restoration and optimism dominate Africa IP Conversations

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Restoration and optimism dominate Africa IP Conversations

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Restoration and optimism dominate Africa IP Conversations

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Restoration and optimism dominate Africa IP Conversations

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Restoration and optimism dominate Africa IP Conversations

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Restoration and optimism dominate Africa IP Conversations

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Restoration and optimism dominate Africa IP Conversations

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Restoration and optimism dominate Africa IP Conversations

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Restoration and optimism dominate Africa IP Conversations

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Restoration and optimism dominate Africa IP Conversations

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Restoration and optimism dominate Africa IP Conversations

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Restoration and optimism dominate Africa IP Conversations

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Restoration and optimism dominate Africa IP Conversations

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Restoration and optimism dominate Africa IP Conversations

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Restoration and optimism dominate Africa IP Conversations

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Restoration and optimism dominate Africa IP Conversations

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Restoration and optimism dominate Africa IP Conversations

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Restoration and optimism dominate Africa IP Conversations

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Restoration and optimism dominate Africa IP Conversations

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Restoration and optimism dominate Africa IP Conversations

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Restoration and optimism dominate Africa IP Conversations

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Restoration and optimism dominate Africa IP Conversations

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Restoration and optimism dominate Africa IP Conversations

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Restoration and optimism dominate Africa IP Conversations

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Restoration and optimism dominate Africa IP Conversations

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Egypt Trademark Office | Official Fees Increase on Hold

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The legal pitfalls of offensive branding

Over the past year or so, a surprising number of international brand owners have come under fire for offensive marketing campaigns, products, and brand names. Kareema Shaik, Senior Associate at Adams & Adams, on drawing the line between interesting and offensive branding.

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Road accident claims | A big win for cohabiting partners

The Jacobs v RAF case is ground-breaking. Setting a new precedent, the case will help potential claimants going-forward. Needless to say, the circumstances surrounding each individual case will ultimately determine the outcome.

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Annual events, annual accidents? What victims need to know

Often road accident victims, or their relatives, are unaware of what legal remedies are in place and those who do not know where to go or if their claims are valid.

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Soshanguve family set to receive substantial compensation from City of Tshwane

On 4 November 2017, Fanie Baloyi, 11 years old at the time, was killed along with four other children from the community when a high mast light ring and flood lights dislodged and fell on them.

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“God-Mode” your IP | Exploring intellectual property protection options for the gaming industry

There is no better time than now for local gaming companies to consider exploiting available forms of Intellectual Property to protect their video games, controllers, and consoles.

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Mauritius | Good for Investment and IP Protection

In line with its growing relevance as an upper middle-income economy, Mauritius’ Intellectual Property (IP) regime is getting a makeover.

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PRASA derails the wheels on APM’s buses

Competition law in South Africa. The Competition Tribunal (Tribunal) recently dismissed an application for interim relief by Africa People Mover (APM), where it sought to interdict the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) from refusing APM access to the bus terminal at Johannesburg Park Station.

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Adams & Adams attorneys recognised for excellence

Adams & Adams attorneys have been recognised for their professional excellence, making this year’s list of The Best Lawyers in South Africa, with several awards received by the firm’s partners.

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Functional Design Registrations | The Definitive Statement is King

A recent decision concerning a functional design registration registered in terms of the Designs Act 195 of 1993 was handed down by Acting Judge Millar in the High Court, Gauteng Division, Pretoria.

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South Africa | A New Franchising Code is Imminent

Filling the gaps present in the Consumer Protection Act (CPA) 2008, the Franchising Association of South Africa’s (FASAs) will regulate the relationship between franchisors and franchisees going-forward.

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Grocery Retail Market Inquiry | A shopping list for inclusive sector growth

The Grocery Retail Market Inquiry Report has been released, and it provides an extensive shopping list for inclusive growth in the Grocery Retail sector. The Adams & Adams Competition Law team discusses the report findings.

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Rwanda | Reminder regarding upcoming renewal date for trade mark registrations

Proprietors of trade marks in Rwanda should take note of an upcoming trade mark renewal deadline which may be relevant to their marks in this country.

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Kenya | New Managing Director to be appointed for IP Institute

On Friday 29 November 2019, Mr Slyvance Sange’s tenure as the Managing Director of the Kenya Industrial Property Institute (KIPI) came to an end. Deputy Managing Director of KIPI, Mr John Onyango, has been appointed as Acting Registrar by the Cabinet Secretary for Trade and Industrialisation.

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The School Uniform Investigation

We take a look at the intended effects of the Competition Commission’s investigation into the pricing of school uniforms and the subsequent agreements signed before the Competition Tribunal in 2019.

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