Monday 4 January 2010

Darren Olivier

The First January Post

Some of Afro-IP’s most popular, controversial or thought generating posts last year include the following (in no particular order):

· The ongoing counterfeit problem (including access to drugs) throughout Africa and possible solutions

· The spate of SCA trade mark cases in RSA and commentary

· Graham Gilfillan being sued by Samro for defamation (including for comments posted on this blog) and then successfully defending his position in court

· Kenya’s controversial decision not to have jurisdiction to revoke ARIPO patents

· India’s protest over Kenya’s new anti-counterfeit legislation

· The Russian NIGAZ branding blunder in Nigeria

· South African content providers’ strike and success in helping to bring the SABC to its knees, forcing board resignations and a request for a government bail out

· Kelbrick v Dean over the controversial Metcash ambush marketing decision ahead of FIFA’s World Cup tournament in Africa in 2010

· CIPRO’s dramatic fall from grace by being implicated in CIPROGATE - a fraud scandal by employees of its office

· The comments of LLM student Natasha Rey which forced a media statement from CIPRO and helped facilitate better decisions at informal hearings

· Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and Rwanda helping to forge the East African Common market – the East African Community

· INTA’s annual Africa Update and the Rolex Gang capture outside the IP Crammer™

· Zimbabwe’s high advertisement cost scandal

· The race for firms and brands to get a footprint in Africa

· Efforts to protect indigenous knowledge through IP rights protection

This year Afro-IP will be extending its coverage of IP news and views across Africa. Look out for new initiatives and in the meantime, Afro-IP wishes its readers all the very best for 2010 and thanks you for your continued support.

Darren Olivier

Darren Olivier

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