Following its decision to acceded to the Madrid Protocol in 2006, Botswana enacted The Industrial
Property Act No.8 of 2010, that came into force on 1 September 2012, in order to provide protection for trade marks designated under the International Registration system.
The long awaited Botswana Industrial Property Act no. 8 of 2010 finally came into force on 31 August 2012 following the publication of "Statutory Instrument No 69 of 2012" citing it’s commencement date.
A discussion on the new trade mark law in Ethiopia.
The Ethiopian Intellectual Property Office has since issued Directives which have clarified a number of key issues regarding the new trade mark law that came into effect on 24 December 2012.
A new, orthodox, trade mark regime for the registration and enforcement of trade mark rights was brought into force by the Proclamation Regulation in Ethiopia.
Intellectual property rights, like any other property right, allow the creators, or owners of the intellectual property to benefit exclusively from their own work or investment in a creation.
The Anti-Counterfeiting Collaboration (ACC), Nigeria recently convened its monthly meeting on 24 February 2010 at the offices of Aluko & Oyebode.
As we earlier reported in the December Newsletter, the timeline for opposition to the published trade mark applications in the Trade Mark Journal, No. 2 Vol. 4, ended on Monday, 8 February 2010 after the expiration of statutory period of 2 months.
Intellectual property (IP) is an umbrella term for various legal entitlements which attach to certain names, written and recorded media and inventions. The word IP refers to creation of the mind and expression: inventions, literary and artistic works, symbols, names and images used in commerce.
The sub-Sahara Africa has become a place of interest for the world. Though the region recorded an enormous inflow of investment in the past decade, there are however palpable set-backs that still impede economic development.
Trade mark law is essentially about preventing consumer confusion.
A discussion relating to a case where Pepkor was accused of infringing Adidas's three-stripe trade mark registrations by selling four-stripe trainers.
A discussion focussing on the BBC's failure to stop Collins from spilling the beans about being the Stig of Top Gear in his biography.
Cell C's trade mark applications for its new logo have been refused, although these aren't final refusals and further steps are possible.
A discussion on the differences between trade mark and patent lawyers.
ICANN, the governing body of the Internet that is overseeing the rollout of new generic Top Level Domains, will launch its Trademark Clearinghouse on March 26, 2013.