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A trade mark case with soul

The trade mark judgment of Golden Fried Chicken (Pty) Ltd v Soul Kitchen Restaurant is highly unusual. While the judgment is certainly interesting, it’s not always easy to follow and is worth unpacking.

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The Metaverse – Considering Trademarks and Brand Protection for Virtual Goods & Services

While there is a lot of interest and fascination surrounding existing digital assets, like cryptocurrencies and non-fungible tokens (“NFTs”), many individuals and corporations are ramping up their efforts to market and provide virtual goods and services in the Metaverse.<..

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Famous and well known marks action : AELEX successfully defends Mandarin

In a landmark judgement delivered on 10th March 2022, the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja dismissed an Appeal seeking to set aside the ruling of the Registrar of Trademarks in respect of the opposition to Mandarin Oriental Hotels’ (Mandarin) trademark appli..

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The Streaming Wars: A Win For The Nigerian Entertainment And Media Industry

Online streaming has become a globally accepted means of accessing movies, shows and other video related content. This wide acceptance was spiralled by the Covid-19 pandemic which forced consumers to ..

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Spoor & Fisher

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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Banwo & Ighodalo

Patents And Designs (Repeal And Re-Enactment) Bill, 2021: Introduction Of Utility Model Certificates

In April 2021, the House of Representatives introduced the Patents and Designs (Repeal and Re-Enactment) Bill (the “PD Bill”), 2021 which seeks to overhaul the Patents and Designs Act 1971 that currently provides for the protection of Patent and Design rights, albeit inad..

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KTA Advocates

Kampala Protocol: What you need to know about the Protocol on the voluntary registration of copyright and related rights

The Protocol on voluntary registration of copyright and related rights is the fifth Protocol to be administered by ARIPO. It aims to ensure that creatives benefit from their works and are commercially incentivised- through copyright to create more and explore new markets...

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Olaniwun Ajayi

Trademarks and cultural appropriation: what is really unprotectable?

It is the age of the Internet of things and the growth of the modern economy is increasingly hinged on intangible assets. This is more apparent considering the sweeping impact that the fourth industrial revolution driven largely by Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) is alread..

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Clyde & Co.

Tanzania legislative development: trade and service marks

In this article, we analyse the amendments made to the Trade and Service Marks Act (the TSM Act¹) introduced by the 2021 Written Laws Miscellaneous Amendments Act (the Amendment Act²).

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