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Statistics concerning filing of international trademarks designating OAPI
Since its accession to the Madrid Protocol in 2015, the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI) is available in the list of targetable territories in the context of an international application. As a preliminary, it must be admitted logically, and without considering the figures, that the rallying of OAPI seems to be a boon for international […]
New Morrocan border control measures
The African continent remains one of the major markets where intangible assets remain the least protected in comparison with the strength of sales and service delivery in a continent undeniably emerging. The Continent is still a sanctuary where the wrong sometimes takes the place of the real in countries the purchasing power is not yet […]
IP Asset management in Sierra Leone
The following changes would be as follows : reduced term of protection from 14 years to 10 years Adoption of the Nice Classification Introduction of a grace period of 6 months when renewing brands. In view of the administrative difficulties in the country, these new provisions are not yet published and for the most part […]
IP Asset management in Morroco
The maximum validity period for a model is now 25 years, instead of 50 years.
Protocol of Madrid (International trademarks)
The following countries are expected to accede to the Madrid Protocol by the end of 2019: South Africa, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Malawi, Mauritius, Democratic Republic of Congo, Seychelles.
Filing trademarks in Malawi
Since 1st October 2018, it is possible to designate services when filing trademarks. Since 25th December 2018, Malawi has joined the Madrid Protocol and it is now possible to designate this country under an international trademark filing.
Use obligation in SOUTH AFRICA
The period of use obligation is 5 years from the date of granting of protection. Warning : this date of granting could be different from the deposit and the registration date.
MAJOR INNOVATIONS IN OAPI: THE REVISED BANGUI AGREEMENT (14 DECEMBER 2015 in Bamako, Mali).
After 3 years of waiting, the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI) unveiled on October 22, 2018 the major changes of the revised Bangui Agreement (revised on the 14 December 2015 in Bamako, Mali). These changes were driven by OAPI’s concern to improve on the quality of its operating procedures and rules and to stay inconformity […]
Specific regulations concerning the registration of certain products in Africa: registration of cosmetics in Nigeria with the national agency for food and drug administration control (NAFDAC)
Some products are subject to certain requirements before they are placed on the market in some countries. In Nigeria, NAFDAC is the authority charged with the regulation and control of the importation, exportation, manufacture, advertisement, distribution, sale and use of certain products. The scope of its authority is broad and the products under its jurisdiction […]
African Day for Technology and Intellectual Property – Theme: Invention, the engine of industrial development.
The Organisation Africaine de la Propriété Intellectuelle (OAPI) celebrated on the 13th of September 2018 the African day for Technology and Intellectual Property. The event took place at the OAPI head office in Yaoundé and was attended but employees of the organization, IP agents and lawyers, Conseil en Propriété Industrielle (CPI) and a special guest […]