Master or Servant – Who owns the Fruits of Labour?
The existence of an employment relationship is a key factor in determining ownership of intellectual property (IP). It is generally accepted, in terms of our common law, that IP created by an employee in the course and scope of employment, is owned by the employer.Read more
New IP Law in Mauritius
The Mauritian authorities recently published new comprehensive intellectual property legislation, the Industrial Property Act 2019 (the Act). At this stage it is not clear when the Act will come into effect.
The Act follows a bill published by the Mauritian authorities in December 2016 (the Bill).Read more
Zambia: Are International trade mark registrations valid?
A recent judgment by the Zambian Registrar of Trademarks deals with the question of whether international registrations are actually valid in Zambia.Read more
Uganda exercises TRIPS flexibilities for pharmaceutical products
The Ugandan Patent Office has recently objected to the grant of patents for pharmaceutical inventions following notification of grant by the African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO), where Uganda is a designated State.Read more
South Africa: software patents
A much-publicised patent dispute in South Africa has shone a spotlight on patents, and particularly the issue of software patent protection. In addition, the dispute has also drawn attention to other issues such as trade secrets, the misuse of confidential information and unlawful competition.Read more
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