Changes to the ARIPO trade mark system
At a meeting held in November 2017, the member states of ARIPO agreed to certain amendments to the Banjul Protocol and accompanying Regulations. These changes came into effect on 1 January 2018.Read more
Angola: patents in Africa - at a glance
As Africa’s economic significance grows, so does the need for patent protection in the continent. Africa is sometimes seen as being challenging, partly because of the co-existence of national and regional registration systems. This is the next in our series of country-specific updates. Here we focus on Angola.Read more
OAPI: IP Directorate to be split into two departments
We understand that OAPI’s Directorate of Intellectual Property is to be split into two separate directorates - one for trade marks and another for patents.Read more
Tanzania: new online registration system
With effect from 18 December 2017, an online registration system will come into operation in Tanzania (mainland, not Zanzibar).Read more
Nigeria: one registry to become three?
News from one of Africa’s largest economies, Nigeria, is that the Registry of Trade Marks, Patents and Designs is to be split into three separate registries.Read more
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