• Egypt: significant increase in official patent fees imminent

    We have been informed that the Egyptian Patent Office intends to increase official fees substantially.

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  • Ghana: a new government and a lawyers’ strike

    Ghana has a new government, following the election of President Nana Akuffo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party.

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  • Gambia: IP Registry closed due to turmoil in the capital

    According to most recent reports, there are armed soldiers all over the capital of Gambia - Banjul - and there are even rumours of a possible military coup. Government departments including the Registry are currently closed, and many lawyers have been unable to get into work due to military roadblocks and checkpoints.

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  • ARIPO: Harare Protocol Amended and increase in official fees

    At ARIPO’s 40th Administrative Council Session (Harare, Zimbabwe) in December 2016, further improvements/amendments to the Harare Protocol were proposed and adopted. The amendments including the new schedule of fees came into effect on 1 January 2017.

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  • New IP Act in Liberia clarifies effectiveness of international treaties to some extent

    The long awaited Intellectual Property Act, 2014 was approved by Liberia’s House of Representatives on 14 June 2016 and published on 22 July 2016. The Acting Director General of the Liberia Industrial Property Office has also confirmed that accompanying regulations will now be drafted, following the signing into law of the new Act.

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