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Kenya: IP rights recordal deadline is nearly here
Nov 30, 2022

Kenya: IP rights recordal deadline is nearly here

Background We have on a number of occasions drawn IP owners’ attention to the fact that if they do business in Kenya they are required to record their IP rights (IPRs) separately with the Kenyan Anti-Counterfeit Authority (ACA) - to be clear, this recordal of IPRs with the ACA...
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Egypt: a new IP authority and plans to create a balance between IP rights and economic needs
Nov 29, 2022

Egypt: a new IP authority and plans to create a balance between IP rights and economic needs

Following the announcement in the National Intellectual Property Strategy (2022/27) that Egypt will create a new IP authority, the Egyptian Council of Ministers has now approved a draft law that will establish ‘The Egyptian Authority for Intellectual Property’. The new authority will be requir...
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Patent absurdities surrounding software patents
Nov 23, 2022

Patent absurdities surrounding software patents

The patenting of “computer-implemented inventions” (software) is a fascinating area of intellectual property law that is constantly changing. Why is this and how did we get here? The forerunner to modern software was punch cards, with each hole in the punch card representing computer d...
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OAPI: The creation of a fund for financing invention and innovation
Nov 21, 2022

OAPI: The creation of a fund for financing invention and innovation

A delegation from the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI), represented by its Director General, Mr. Denis Bohoussou, paid a working visit to the African Guarantee Fund (AGF) in Nairobi, Kenya, from 6-9 November 2022. AGF is OAPI’s partner in a venture that involves the setting up...
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Botswana: The launch of a National Intellectual Property Policy
Nov 21, 2022

Botswana: The launch of a National Intellectual Property Policy

The Director General of ARIPO, Bemanye Twebaze, has congratulated Botswana on the launch of its National Intellectual Property Policy. On 15 November 2022 Twebaze said that the launch of this document showed that Botswana ‘appreciates that IP primarily aims to enhance lives through solutions t...
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Ghana: The launch of an Intellectual Property Policy
Nov 21, 2022

Ghana: The launch of an Intellectual Property Policy

In Ghana the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has launched an Intellectual Property Policy. The document, which was drafted with the assistance of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), is intended to benefit both innovators and the CSIR. A CSIR spokesman sai...
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Kenya: 1 January 2023 deadline approaching to file recordals
Nov 4, 2022

Kenya: 1 January 2023 deadline approaching to file recordals

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 (ACA). There has for some time been confusion as t...
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Understanding Copyright and infringement of Cloud-based Software
Oct 26, 2022

Understanding Copyright and infringement of Cloud-based Software

Under a Cloud of Uncertainty In the last decade or two, there have been significant advances in cloud computing, the provision of software-implemented services (Software-as-a-Service or SaaS) and web-based applications. These offerings rely on software that runs on a remote se...
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OEM buyers need to register their trademarks in China
Oct 18, 2022

OEM buyers need to register their trademarks in China

South African buyers of original equipment manufacturing (OEM) from China need to register their trademarks in China or risk infringing similar trademarks registered by third parties in China, warns John Foster, a partner at Spoor & Fisher who specialises in domest...
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The South Africa new Plant Breeders' Rights Act
Oct 12, 2022

The South Africa new Plant Breeders' Rights Act

The new South African Plant Breeders’ Rights Act No. 12 of 2018 (the new Act) was assented to on 27 March 2019 and published in the South African Government Gazette on 29 March 2019. Although the new Act has been assented to, it is not yet in force. The new Act will only come into force once i...
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