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Kenya: 1 January 2023 deadline approaching to file recordals

Kenya has specific anti-counterfeiting legislation, the Anti-Counterfeiting Act No. 13 of 2008, as well as a dedicated anti-counterfeiting body, the Anti-Counterfeiting Authority (ACA)...

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New trade mark legislation in Zambia – The Trade Marks Bill 2022

Zambia has published the Trade Marks Bill 2022 (‘the Bill’) that will, when passed, fundamentally change Zambian trade mark law. It should be noted that it is unclear what stage this bill has reached in parliament.

 

As anyone who has filed trade mark..

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Heir entitled: death, wills, and intellectual property legacies

Death and taxes are inevitable, but how do intangible assets such as trade marks, copyrights and other forms of intellectual property and their related income streams, transfer to heirs in a deceased person’s estate?

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New IP legislation comes into force in Mauritius

In 2019 the Mauritian authorities published new IP legislation, the Industrial Property Act 2019. It has now been announced that the legislation is anticipated to come into force in February 2022.

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Are South Africa’s IP laws keeping up with technology innovation?

Constituting a world first in a field that has traditionally been hostile to “artificially intelligent” inventors, South Africa’s patent office granted a patent in July 2021 to an invention created by an AI system.

The invention that received the go-ahead is for a ..

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Why a Clear Intellectual Property Strategy is Critical to Securing Venture Capital Funding

Intellectual property (IP) is not an end in itself. Nobody ever needed IP to make, market or sell a product or service and, in fact, many businesses compete in the market on the basis of price, service and quality without ever registering or enforcing any intellectu..

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Kenya: Important Developments Regarding Anti-counterfeiting

Kenya has had anti-counterfeiting legislation for many years. The Anti-Counterfeiting Act No. 13 of 2008 creates severe penalties for counterfeiting, with prison terms of up to 15 years. The legislation also makes provision for a dedicated anti-counterfeiting body, ..

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