• Mauritius joins ARIPO

    Mauritius became a member of the African Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) on 25 September 2020, when it deposited its instrument of accession to the agreement that established ARIPO, the Lusaka Agreement of 9 December 1976. This makes Mauritius the 20th ARIPO member state.

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  • Further ratification of the ARIPO protocol on plant varieties

    The African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO) comprises a number of (primarily English-speaking) countries and offers protection for a number of intellectual property rights including patents, industrial designs and trade marks.

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  • Paris Convention: Jersey and Guernsey ratify treaty

    The Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property is one of the most significant IP treaties. One of the major features of the treaty, of course, is that it makes provision for priority claims.

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  • Subdomains and online brand protection

    Subdomains are predicted to become of greater concern to brand owners as adoption of orthodox domain name brand protection strategies expands and certain intrinsic characteristics of subdomains appeal to bad actors. However, the legal and technical tools available for monitoring and addressing problematic subdomains are limited, and the subdomain space is neglected by brand owners, relative to the traditional parent domain space.

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  • Changes to the OAPI system

    The Bangui Agreement that governs OAPI is being amended. The changes will take effect once they have been ratified by 12 countries, two thirds of the OAPI member states. 11 member states have done so already and a 12th member, Cameroon, is expected to do so shortly. Once these administrative steps have been completed the changes to the OAPI system should become operational.

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