• Kenya: Important changes to copyright law

    Significant changes will be brought about to Kenyan copyright law through a bill called the Copyright (Amendment) Bill of 2017 (‘the Bill’), which amends the existing statute, the Copyright Act of 2001 (‘the Act’).

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  • Zimbabwe: Business as usual for the IP Registry

    Despite the current political unrest in Zimbabwe, the IP Registry is accepting new filings and it appears to be business as usual.

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  • Saving your online real estate from squatters in South Africa

    The Internet has had a profound influence on modern commerce with domain names providing the real estate for businesses to build an online presence. The opportunity to profit from the Web has also been the Achilles heel for anyone with a semblance of presence on the internet.

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  • Validation of European patents in Tunisia

    The European Patent Office (EPO) has entered into an agreement with Tunisia allowing for the validation of European patents.

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  • Nigeria: patents in Africa – your questions answered

    As Africa’s economic significance grows, so does the need for patent protection in the continent. Africa is sometimes seen as being challenging, partly because of the co-existence of national and regional registration systems. We will therefore be producing a series of country or region-specific patent law updates. This is the third in that series, and it deals with Nigeria.

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