• 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.

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  • Angola: trade marks in Africa - at a glance

    Trade mark activity is growing rapidly in Africa, both as regards protection and enforcement. Yet there is still a great deal of uncertainty. This is the next in our series of country-specific updates. Here we focus on Angola.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Tanzania: new online registration system

    With effect from 18 December 2017, an online registration system will come into operation in Tanzania (mainland, not Zanzibar).

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