• Kenya: Judgments dealing with counterfeiting and common law rights

    Kenya is a hotspot for counterfeiting. But fortunately it has dedicated anti-counterfeiting legislation, a dedicated anti-counterfeiting enforcement body and a reasonably good court system. Two recent judgments deal with counterfeiting and common law rights.

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  • South Africa: a rare copyright judgment

    Copyright judgments from South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal are relatively rare. So the recent judgment of Tellytrack v Marshalls World of Sport (Pty) Ltd and others (971/2018) (2019) ZASCA 153 is worth some discussion. It deals with an unusual and very specific issue. It is reassuring to see the appeal court come down in favour of the copyright owner.

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  • ARIPO: changes to the Harare and Banjul Protocols

    At ARIPO’s 43rd Administrative Council Meetings (Liberia) in November 2019, amendments to the Harare and Banjul Protocols were proposed and adopted.

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  • Somalia: a significant development for trade marks

    There has recently been a significant development affecting trade mark protection in Somalia, with various sources reporting that the Trade Marks Registry has re-opened and that registration has resumed.

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  • Christmas is a merry time for counterfeiters too warns Spoor & Fisher

    Modern shoppers have retained a primal trait – hunting and the hunting season gathers pace every year on Black Friday easing towards Christmas. 

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