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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 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 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 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 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 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 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  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

RWANDAPatents  •  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 DRC. The economy is based mostly on subsistence agriculture by local farmers...

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Algeria

ALGERIAPatents  •  Designs  •  Trade MarksAlgeria, officially the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria, is a country on the Mediterranean coast that is the tenth-largest country in the world, and the largest in Africa. Algeria is bordered by Tunisia, Libya,...

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Egypt

EGYPTPatents  •  Designs  •  Trade MarksThe Arab Republic of Egypt, home of the colossal Pyramids and the Great Sphinx, is a Mediterranean country bordered by the Gaza Strip and Israel, Sudan and Libya. Egypt has one of the longest histories of any country, and one of...

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Angola

ANGOLAPatents  •  Designs  •  Trade MarksThe Republic of Angola is the seventh-largest country in Africa, bordered by Namibia, the DRC and Zambia. The Economy of Angola is one of the fastest-growing in the world while recovering from 27 years of the civil war. High...

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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

ETHIOPIAPatents  •  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 of privatising many of the state-owned businesses and moving toward a...

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Namibia

NAMIBIAPatents  •  Designs  •  Trade MarksNamibia is one of the most fascinating countries in the world but is still a developing country due to income inequality. Namibia has been an independent country since 1990 when it earned sovereignty from South Africa. Namibia...

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Nigeria

NIGERIAPatents  •  Designs  •  Trade MarksThe Federal Republic of Nigeria is a country located in West Africa. Nigeria has one of the world's highest economic growth rates but poverty still remains significant at 33.1%. With 186 million inhabitants, Nigeria is the...

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South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA Patents  •  Designs  •  Trade MarksSouth 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. South Africa is...

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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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Tesla vs Adidas Trademark

American automaker Tesla, Inc. filed a trademark application in August 2016 for the new Model 3 logo. The Tesla Model 3 logo with three horizontal lines was going to cover a variety of classes including automobiles and apparel. Adidas filed a notice of opposition over...

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Nestlé trademark case in Singapore

Nestlé lost it's appeal in the trademark case to protect Kit Kat shapes in Singapore. The two-finger and four-finger shapes of Kit Kat chocolate bars are not entitled to trademark protection in Singapore. Kit Kat chocolate wafers are made by Swiss food and beverage...

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Snapchat Spectacles

Snap, Inc. announced earlier in 2016 that it had created a pair of video-recording sunglasses called Snapchat Spectacles. A limited number of Spectacles went on sale through a yellow pop-up vending machine in Venice, California and people finally got to see what was...

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Low-cost Cooling

Researchers at Stanford University engineered a low-cost Plastic-Based textile that could become the basis for clothing that cools the wearer. This new type of fabric could keep people cool in hot climates and reduce the need for air conditioning. Plastic-Based...

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