Jun 17, 2022
Unpacking the Metaverse and NFTs: What Trade Mark Owners Should Know
As companies explore opportunities in the digital realm, the intellectual property implications need to be considered, especially with regard to trade mark rights in computer generated virtual reality environments and Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs). What is the Metaverse? The term “metaver...
Jun 13, 2022
Patents and the Metaverse
Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) The digitally immersive world known as the Metaverse is rapidly evolving and getting much attention from an intellectual property perspective. Numerous patents in the Metaverse have already been granted for Metaverse related technologies. These patents...
Jun 9, 2022
The IP laws of the metaverse and beyond
When Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, Inc. announced on 28 October 2021, that the company’s corporate name will be changed to Meta Platforms, Inc. (“Meta”), the world’s interest was piqued by his use of the term “metaverse”. What does this term really encompass and what are the implications, for...
Jun 7, 2022
Zimbabwe: A trade mark judgment
IP judgments in Zimbabwe IP judgments in Zimbabwe are rare. So the recent Supreme Court decision of Cairns Foods Limited v Netrade Marketing (Pvt) Ltd is worth discussing...
Jun 3, 2022
Patent Marking and Virtual Patent Marking
What is Patent Marking and should you do it If you have you have just been granted a patent for an invention, what should you do next? You would have applied for a patent in order to protect your invention, presumably as a tool to prevent others from i...
May 24, 2022
The Kenyan Anti-Counterfeiting Authority (ACA) has just issued an announcement extending the deadline within which brand holders may file a Recordal in Kenya from 1 July 2022 until 1 January 2023. The ACA encourages brand holders to continue to submit their applications before...
May 12, 2022
Kenya: 'Clarity' on the need for ACA recordal of IP rights
Anti-Counterfeiting Act No. 13 of 2008 Kenya has specific anti-counterfeiting legislation, the Anti-Counterfeiting Act No. 13 of 2008, as well as a dedicated anti-counterfeiting body, the Anti-Counterfeiting Authority (
Apr 19, 2022
Filing trade mark applications for NFTs
NFTs and Trade marks, what you need to know Interest in NFTs is rising and there are a number of companies filing trade mark applications for their NFTs. According to Finbold, over 1200 NFT trade mark applications were...
Mar 31, 2022
Trade mark introduction - A complete guide
Trade marks, everything you need to know Whether you’re working on a big brand or a small one, there are several must-knows that can protect you and your clients against an inadequately protected trade mark, or even stepping on the intellectual property (IP) tåoes of anåother brand. ...
Mar 24, 2022
Cape Verde set to join a number of IP conventions
The authorities in Cape Verde have approved accession to a number of international agreements, although the instruments of accession have not yet been deposited and it is unclear just when this will happen. The agreements are the following: ARIPO - the Ban...