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 signatories to...

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...

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...

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...

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...

South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA Patents  •  Designs  •  Trade Marks 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. South Africa...

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...

Copyright in Africa

How to Copyright in Africa In general, any original work made by a qualified person is eligible for copyright in Africa. Originality refers to the fact that the author must have created the work through the application of the author’s own creativity and labour. A...

Copyright Protection

Intellectual Property can be split into Patents, Trademarks, Designs and Copyright. Copyright is the only form of intellectual property that does not have to be registered in South Africa and most African countries. Countries that are signatories of the Berne...