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ECTA Annual Conference 2019

ECTA Annual Conference 2019

38th ECTA Annual Conference 2019 Wessel van Wyk will be attending the 38th ECTA Annual Conference. Trade Mark professionals from around the world will come together at the ECTA Annual Conference from 26 - 29 June 2019 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The conference will offer...

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Botswana

Botswana

BOTSWANA Intellectual Property Patent Attorneys Botswana | Trademark Registrations Smit & Van Wyk, Inc. Intellectual Property law firm and intellectual property agent for Africa, including Botswana, deals exclusively with patent and trademark law. Our qualified...

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CIPC Official Fees Increase

CIPC Official Fees Increase

THE INITIAL DATE  FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF THE INCREASE IN RENEWAL FEES HAS NOW BEEN SUSPENDED INDEFINITELY.Clients being advised to pay full term renewals before the increase in renewal fees Increase in Patent and Design renewal fees in South Africa Proposal to pay full...

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GIPC 2019

GIPC 2019

GIPC 2019, India Global Intellectual Property Convention The GIPC is Asia’s leading conference on Innovation and IP for in-house Intellectual Property counsels, innovators and attorneys from around the world. Since 2009, more than two thousand delegates have...

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PCT

PCT

Patent Cooperation Treaty International Patent Law Treaty The Patent Cooperation Treaty or PCT is an international patent law treaty. The PCT provides a unified procedure for filing patent applications to protect inventions in each of its contracting states. A patent...

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Paris Convention

Paris Convention

Paris Convention The Protection of Industrial Property The Paris Convention applies to industrial property in the widest sense, including patents, marks, industrial designs, utility models, trade names, geographical indications and the repression of unfair...

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Madrid Protocol

Madrid Protocol

Madrid Protocol International Registration of MarksThe Madrid system for the international registration of marks established in 1891 functions under the Madrid Agreement and the Madrid Protocol. The Madrid Protocol is administered by the International Bureau of WIPO...

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Berne Convention

Berne Convention

Berne Convention Protection of Literary and Artistic Works The Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works is an international agreement governing copyright accepted in Switzerland in 1886. The Berne Convention requires its...

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Nice Agreement

Nice Agreement

Nice Agreement International Classification of Goods and Services The Nice Agreement establishes a classification of goods and services for the purposes of registering trademarks and service marks. The Nice Classification consists of a list of 34 classes for goods and...

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Hague Agreement

Hague Agreement

Hague Agreement International Registration of Industrial Designs  The Hague Agreement governs the international registration of Industrial Designs - the Hague System allows industrial designs to be protected in multiple countries with minimal formalities. The Hague...

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Locarno Agreement

Locarno Agreement

Locarno Agreement International Classification for Industrial Designs The Locarno Agreement establishes a classification for industrial designs, from which the contracting states must indicate the classes and subclasses to which designs belong. This must also be done...

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RWANDA: Trademark Applications

RWANDA: Trademark Applications

RWANDA: Trademark Applications  Trade Marks Patents Designs Nice Classification ✓Madrid System ✘Multi-class Applications ✓ Power of AttorneyScanned copy of simply signed Power of Attorney (no notarisation or legalisation required).Priority DocumentsIf applicable:...

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Rwanda

Rwanda

RWANDA Intellectual Property Patent Attorneys Rwanda | Trademark Registrations Patents  •  Designs  •  Trade MarksRwanda, officially the Republic of Rwanda, is one of the smallest countries on the African continent and bordered by Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and the...

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Algeria

Algeria

ALGERIA Patents | ALGERIA Trademarks Smit & Van Wyk, Inc. Intellectual Property law firm and intellectual property agent for Africa, including Algeria, deals exclusively with patent and trademark law. Our qualified and experienced intellectual property lawyers are...

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Egypt

Egypt

EGYPT Intellectual Property Patent Attorneys Egypt | Trademark Registrations Smit & Van Wyk, Inc. Intellectual Property law firm and intellectual property agent for Africa, including Egypt, deals exclusively with patent and trademark law. Our qualified and...

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Angola

Angola

ANGOLA Patents | ANGOLA Trademarks Smit & Van Wyk, Inc. Intellectual Property law firm and intellectual property agent for Africa, including Angola, deals exclusively with patent and trademark law. Our qualified and experienced intellectual property lawyers are...

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ARIPO Regional IP Database Launched

ARIPO Regional IP Database Launched

ARIPO Regional IP Database Launched The African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) is an inter-governmental organization which provides a regional industrial property system for English-speaking African countries. Last month, on 10...

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Ethiopia

Ethiopia

ETHIOPIA Intellectual Property Patent Attorneys Ethiopia | Trademark Registrations Patents  •  Designs  •  Trade MarksEthiopia is the second-most populous country in Africa and used to be the 3rd poorest country in the world. The Ethiopian government is in the process...

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Namibia

Namibia

NAMIBIA Intellectual Property Patent Attorneys Namibia | Trademark Registrations Smit & Van Wyk, Inc. Intellectual Property law firm and intellectual property agent for Africa, including Namibia, deals exclusively with patent and trademark law. Our qualified and...

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Nigeria

NIGERIA Intellectual Property Patent Attorneys Nigeria | Trademark Registrations Smit & Van Wyk, Inc. Intellectual Property law firm and intellectual property agent for Africa, including Nigeria, deals exclusively with patent and trademark law. Our qualified and...

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South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA  South Africa is a country on the southernmost tip of the African continent. South Africa has the 2nd largest economy in Africa (after Nigeria) and is one of most industrialised countries on the continent. Paris Convention ✓ PCT ✓ Examination ✘...

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SOUTH AFRICA: Trademark Applications

SOUTH AFRICA: Trademark Applications  Trade Marks Patents Designs Nice Classification ✓Madrid System ✘Multi-class Applications ✘ Power of AttorneyScanned copy of simply signed Power of Attorney (no notarization or legalization required). Priority...

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Morocco to host 2019 Africa Games

Morocco to host 2019 Africa Games

Morocco to host 2019 All-Africa Games Wednesday, 25 July 2018 The Moroccan Youth and Sports Ministry announced on Monday that Morocco will be hosting the 2019 Africa Games (AAG), formally known as the All-Africa Games or the Pan African Games....

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Harley-Davidson’s biggest-ever TM infringement WIN

Harley-Davidson’s biggest-ever TM infringement WIN

Motorcycle manufacturer Harley-Davidson has secured $19.2 million (about R 231 081 600) victory in statutory damages for trade mark infringement from t-shirt designer SunFrog. This will be Harley-Davidson’s largest-ever trademark infringement win. Harley-Davidson...

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Major restructure for Zambia IP

Major restructure for Zambia IP

Following the issuance of the commencement orders on new intellectual property acts, Zambia is currently under a major restructure in industrial property. The major changes consist of the following new acts: The new Patents Act, No. 40 of 2016, which replaces the...

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INTA Annual Meeting 2018 – Seattle

INTA Annual Meeting 2018 – Seattle

We are once again pleased to announce that Smit & Van Wyk, Inc. will be attending the INTA Annual Meeting in 2018. Intellectual Property professionals, government officials and marketers from around the world will come together at the INTA Annual...

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Zimbabwe registry still operational

Zimbabwe registry still operational

We have received confirmation that operations at the Zimbabwe Registry and the ARIPO office which is based in Harare have not changed. The Registry office and ARIPO are operating as usual. The Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) announced that it had taken over the country...

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Monkey Selfie Copyright Case

Monkey Selfie Copyright Case

Case Updates 9 September 2017 - Photographer WINS the monkey 'selfie' lawsuit. David Slater, the photographer whose camera was used to take the photos of the crested macaques in Indonesia has agreed to donate 25% of any revenue and he will keep all of the remaining...

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New Zambian Acts

New Zambian Acts

Zambia: The following Zambian Acts mentioned below have now become operational: Patents Act (No.40 of 2016) (this replaces the previous Patents Act - Chapter 400 of the Laws of Zambia.) The Layout Designs of Integrated Circuits Act (No.6 of 2016) (this is a new Act)...

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World IP day 2017

World IP day 2017

26 April offers a celebration of intellectual property and this year it will be the 17th World IP day - the anniversary of the day that the World Intellectual Property Organization Convention was activated in 1970. World IP day was brought into being with the...

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