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Bahrain
United Trademark & Patent Services
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Kenya
Smit & Van Wyk
The Anti-Counterfeit (Recordation) Regulations and the Anti-Counterfeit (Amendment) Regulations, 2021...
Adams & Adams
Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta signed the 2021 Copyright Amendment Act into law on 4 April 2022. It introduces a new royalty sharing formula which entitles musicians and performing...
Adams & Adams
The Anti-Counterfeit Authority ("ACA") launched the Anti-Counterfeit Authority Integrated Management System ("AIMS") on 28 February 2022 and, thereafter, adopted a three (3) phased out implementation approach.
Liberia
Adams & Adams
The Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MOCI) in Liberia recently took drastic action against piracy by shutting down businesses offering local and international pirated goods...
Nigeria
Pavestones Legal
As of June, 2022, there have been a few regulatory developments relevant to the tech space in Nigeria. We have set out below 7 notable developments to guide tech companies doing or intending to do business in Nigeria.
Adams & Adams
The Nigeria Copyright Commission, located in Abuja, destroyed pirated works in a public display in the state of Akwa Ibom, assisted by the State Waste Management Board.
Saudi Arabia
Khurana and Khurana
The creation and distribution of counterfeit pharmaceutical products and active pharmaceutical components has serious ramifications for consumer health and safety, and is compounded...
Khurana and Khurana
The laws of Saudi Arabia permit the registration of trademarks of brands of numerous goods and services and the grant of patents for various goods and services barring a few...
United Trademark & Patent Services
The Consumer Protection Association (CPA) is an association in Saudi Arabia, that aims at protecting the consumer's interests; safeguarding and defending consumer rights...
South Africa
Adams & Adams
On 12 May 2022, the Constitutional Court heard argument on whether it should confirm the 2021 Gauteng High Court ruling (in the matter of Blind SA v. Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition...
Adams & Adams
A delegation from ARIPO, led by the Director General, Mr. Bemanya Twebaze, visited the OAPI headquarters in Yahounde from 16 to 18 May 2022. The Director General of OAPI,...
Adams & Adams
The Board of Directors authorised the launch of a recruitment procedure for a new CEO, subsequent to the dismissal, with immediate effect, of the Deputy Director General (DGA) of OAPI, Mr Jean-Baptiste Noël Wago on 13 May 2022.
Adams & Adams
A comprehensive manual on geographical Indicators in Africa has been developed by several experts under the auspices of the Intellectual Property Rights and Innovation project in Africa (AfrIPI).
Adams & Adams
A Delegation from OAPI visited Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso on 13 May 2022 as part of the 8th extraordinary session of the Board of Directors of OAPI to meet with the prime minister, Mr Albert Ouédraogo.
Tanzania
Adams & Adams
A training programme for examiners of patent applications is scheduled to take place from 11 to 26 July 2022, which will be hosted in Zanzibar, Tanzania.
United Arab Emirates
United Trademark & Patent Services
The Cabinet of Ministers Resolution No. (6) of 2022 regarding the Executive Regulations of Federal Law No. (11) of 2021 regarding the Regulation and Protection of Industrial Property Rights was published on...
Rouse
The regulations change several practice issues. One of the main changes is the renewal grace period to 6 months. The grace period for renewals was 3 months.
Dennemeyer Group
While many countries do not require a power of attorney (PoA) from a trademark applicant to their local agent, this is still mandatory in all Middle East and North African countries, including Pakistan (MENAP).
Inventa
The African economy is losing billions of dollars for not protecting their intellectual property (IP), says Prof. Munashe Furusa, Vice-Chancellor of Africa University, in Zimbabwe.
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