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

Egypt Trade Marks & Patents Egypt Trade Marks Egypt is a first to file country and whomever first files a particular trade mark gets the rights. Egypt recognises the goods and services classes from the Nice Classification and allows for multi-class filing. Egypt...

Ethiopia

Ethipoia Trade Marks & Patents Ethiopia Trade Marks Kenya is a first to use country and whomever first uses a particular trade mark gets the rights. Ethiopia recognises the goods and services classes from the Nice Classification and allows for multi-class...

Namibia

Namibia Trade Marks & Patents Namibia Trade Marks Namibia is a first to file country and  trade mark registration is mandatory to be granted rights over a mark. Namibia recognises the goods and services classes from the Nice Classification and allows for...

Nigeria

Nigeria Trade Marks & Patents Nigeria Trade Marks Nigeria recognises the goods and services classes from the Nice Classification and allows for multi-class filing. Nigeria trade marks are valid for 7 years from the filing date and renewable for further periods of...

South Africa

South Africa Trade Marks & Patents South Africa Trade Marks South Africa is a first to use country and whomever first uses a particular trade mark gets the rights. South Africa recognises the goods and services classes from the Nice Classification and allows for...

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

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