Legal Updates

Kenya: 2021 Changes to copyright law
Jan 25, 2022

Kenya: 2021 Changes to copyright law

(Copyright registration, ring back tunes and provisions regarding ISPs and takedown notices) Background, the 2019 amendments General...
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OAPI: Widespread changes to come into effect
Dec 23, 2021

OAPI: Widespread changes to come into effect

In 2019 we announced proposed changes to the OAPI registration system insofar as it relates to trade marks, GIs, patents, utility models and industrial designs.* At that stage there was no indication when the changes ...
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Libya cancels the Decree that allowed for late renewal
Nov 30, 2021

Libya cancels the Decree that allowed for late renewal

In the aftermath of the civil war that overthrew the Gaddafi regime, the filing of renewal applications beyond the statutory 6-month grace period was not an issue. In fact, a 2018 Ministerial Decree formally allowed f...
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ARIPO: A focus on copyright, as well as some filing statistics
Oct 26, 2021

ARIPO: A focus on copyright, as well as some filing statistics

The ARIPO regional IP registration system is well established in the areas of patents, utility models, industrial designs, trade marks, traditional knowledge and plant variety protection*. But, as this note shows, the...
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ARIPO - Change is coming
Oct 26, 2021

ARIPO - Change is coming

INTRODUCTION A number of changes to the ARIPO system will come into effect on 1 January 2022. These changes affect the two major ARIPO protocols, namely: the Harare Protocol that deals...
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