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...

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 September 2018,...

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.  Equatorial Guinea was...

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...

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...

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 Meeting from 19...

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...

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...

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...