• MIP trade mark roadshow: Spoor & Fisher sponsors the Africa panel

    Spoor & Fisher is proud to partner with Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) through sponsoring the Africa panel at their forthcoming trade mark roadshows in Palo Alto on 21 June 2017 and New York on 23 June 2017.

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  • Danie Pienaar, Partner at Spoor & Fisher, speaks to Classic FM

    Innovation has become a hot topic in recent years. Danie Pienaar, Partner at Spoor & Fisher, speaks to Classic FM on innovation in South Africa.

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  • Nigeria: new Industrial Property Commission Bill on the way

    An Industrial Property Commission Bill - legislation that will repeal the outdated legislation relating to patents, designs and trade marks, and also introduce plant variety protection - is apparently on the way. This legislation will also create an Industrial Property Commission of Nigeria. In addition, the authorities have announced that they intend to pass measures to make it easier for companies to do business in Nigeria. These developments will all be very welcome.

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  • Zambia: new patent legislation

    Zambia has a new Patents Act, No. 40 of 2016. This legislation, which came into force on 27 December 2016, repeals the Patents Act Cap 400. The new law contains a number of important changes.

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  • Malawi: new IP laws to be announced

    A Trade Marks Bill is to be presented to Malawi’s parliament. This new legislation will allow for a 10-year registration and renewal term, and it will give effect to the 11th edition of the Nice Classification. There are also plans for a new Patents Bill and this will make provision for utility models. An IP Policy document is also in the offing.

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