• Spoor & Fisher scoops “IP Law firm of the Year in South Africa” award

    Spoor & Fisher has been awarded “IP Law Firm of the Year in South Africa” for the third year running, by Managing Intellectual Property (MIP).

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  • Ghana: lawyers’ strike ends

    Further to a three-month period of strike action, lawyers in the Ministry of Justice and the Attorney General’s Department in Gambia have returned to work. Inevitably, there will be serious delays in processing the back-log of IP matters.

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  • Gambia: shortened renewal terms for “old law” cases under the transitional provisions of the 2007 Industrial Property Act

    The transitional provisions of the 2007 Industrial Property Act state that all “old law” cases (i.e. all cases filed before 2 April 2007) must either be renewed within ten years of the new law coming into effect, (i.e. by 2 April 2017), or at the end of their current 14-year term, whichever period first expires.

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  • Burundi: trade mark renewal notice

    Trade mark owners with registrations in Burundi should be aware that trade marks registered in Burundi before 29 July 2009 will have to be renewed before 29 July 2019 in order to remain valid.

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  • Algeria: Appeal Committee of the Trade Marks Office now operational again

    The Appeal Committee of the Algerian Trade Marks Office is now operational again following a period of suspension.

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