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Intellectual Property

Africa Update 2020 – Sierra Leone

Africa Update 2020 – Sierra Leone

Trade Mark Prosecution: Update The Registry is applying the provisions of the 2014 Act, although the date of the Act has not yet been made available. As per our previous update, it is now possible to file for trade mark applications covering both goods and services....

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Trade Marks Matter, Especially During COVID!

Trade Marks Matter, Especially During COVID!

COVID-19 has had an impact on most businesses.  Over the last year, businesses have been grappling with the impact that COVID-19 has had on their operations.  Intellectual property, and specifically trade marks, has taken a backseat to more pressing concerns.  While...

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Africa Update 2020 – Sierra Leone

Africa Update 2020 – São Tomé and Príncipe

Registry Visit Adams & Adams’ Mozambique partner, Elio Teixeira, travelled to São Tomé in São Tomé and Principe in November 2019 to meet with the Registrar of the National Intellectual Property and Quality Service (SENAPIQ), Mr. Domingos da Silva da Trindade. We...

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Africa Update 2020 – Sierra Leone

Africa Update 2020 – Rwanda

Trade Mark Renewal Exercise – Deadline Extended In accordance with Rwanda Law No. 31/2009 on the Protection of Intellectual Property (“the Law”) of 14 December 2009, all trade marks registered in terms of the old 1963 Act, i.e., trade marks registered before 14...

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Key Legal Aspects of Franchising Law

Key Legal Aspects of Franchising Law

What is a license? A license agreement is a type of contract in which the proprietor of intellectual property would grant to a user or licensee the right to use that intellectual property.  The relevant intellectual property could, for example, include patents,...

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Africa Update 2020 – Namibia

Africa Update 2020 – Namibia

Anti-counterfeiting training During May 2019, we travelled to both Windhoek and Walvis Bay to conduct Brand Identification Training with officials of the Namibian Ministry of Finance, Department of Customs and Excise. Two separate sessions were conducted in Windhoek...

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Africa Update 2020 – Mozambique

Africa Update 2020 – Mozambique

Tommy Flange The Mozambique Trade Mark Registry has found in favour of Tommy Hilfiger Licensing B.V (the “Opponent”), on 23 January 2020, in an opposition against the registration of the trade mark TOMMY FLANGE, in class 25 filed by Hudsun (the “Applicant”). The...

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