Mauritius joins ARIPO
Mauritius became a member of the African Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) on 25 September 2020, when it deposited its instrument of accession to the agreement that established ARIPO, the Lusaka Agreement of 9 December 1976. This makes Mauritius the 20th ARIPO member state.Read more
Further ratification of the ARIPO protocol on plant varieties
The African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO) comprises a number of (primarily English-speaking) countries and offers protection for a number of intellectual property rights including patents, industrial designs and trade marks.Read more
Paris Convention: Jersey and Guernsey ratify treaty
The Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property is one of the most significant IP treaties. One of the major features of the treaty, of course, is that it makes provision for priority claims.Read more
Changes to the OAPI system
The Bangui Agreement that governs OAPI is being amended. The changes will take effect once they have been ratified by 12 countries, two thirds of the OAPI member states. 11 member states have done so already and a 12th member, Cameroon, is expected to do so shortly. Once these administrative steps have been completed the changes to the OAPI system should become operational.Read more
UKIPO puts a cork in it.
According to Herman Melville, American writer of the classic novel Moby Dick, “It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation”. Mellville’s words ring true today, especially for trade mark owners who appreciate that, in the world of intellectual property, imitation is not the sincerest form of flattery.Read more
Sierra Leone: 2014 trade mark legislation being applied despite absence of regulations
There has for some time been a degree of confusion about trade mark law in Sierra Leone. In 2014 a new Trade Marks Act came into force, replacing the old Trade Marks Act, Cap 244.Read more
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