Wednesday 27 November 2019

Afro Leo

Updates for Egypt, Uganda, Zambia, Rwanda, Tunisia and Mauritius

Although it was anticipated that the cost of filing trademarks and designs in Egypt would increase, this has been placed on hold. For more information and for assistance in filing and related matters, click here.

In the recent matter of Sigma-Tau Industrie Farmaceutiche Riunite v Amina Limited, it was decided that international registrations under the Madrid Protocol which designate Zambia are valid registrations in this country and that this may be used by a proprietor of an earlier trademark to oppose subsequent trademark registrations. For more information click here and here.

The Uganda Patent Office has issued its objection to granting of patents in terms of pharmaceutical inventions when this is followed by a notification of the grant by the African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO), and in the event that Uganda is the state of designation. For more information click here.
Trademark owners who have registrations in Rwanda obtained before 14th December 2009 are reminded that these trademarks will have to be renewed on 14th December 2019 in order to remain valid. For more information click here.

In Mary Theresa Kakoma, as administrator of the estate of Professor George W Kakoma v Attorney General the question came before the Uganda Courts as to who owns the Uganda National Anthem. It was found that it was owned by the Government of Uganda. For more information on this case, click here.
Official fees for designs, patents and trademarks are set to significantly increase in Tunisia. For more information click here.

Mauritius has new intellectual property legislation entitles the Industrial Property Act 2019. There is no indication as to when it will come into effect as yet. For more information click here.

In the recent case of Lion Match Proprietary Limited v Lion Match Zimbabwe Limited IPT 01/16, the IP Tribunal in Zimbabwe found that even though a trademark had lapsed as a result of a harsh economic climate, it could not simply prevent another trademark from being registered simply because of this. For more information about this case, click here.

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