Glimmer of Hope at Ghana’s RGD

Published Date: July 8, 2021

Earlier this year, the Registar-General’s Department (RGD) undertook a major system upgrade and audit of Industrial Property (IP) matters. As a result, all IP applications which were filed from January 2021 to March 2021, were only processed around mid-April 2021. However, the RDG has now expressed that it is in a position to clear the longstanding backlog.

The RGD is hopeful that the audit and upgrades will enable it to process real-time applications by December 2021. This is especially promising, given the inevitable delay caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, throughout the continent.

In order to assist with the audit and upgrades, the RGD has requested assistance from practitioners, in order to alleviate (and avoid) a further backlog due to non-compliance with current RGD practices. This level of collaboration is certainly welcomed in a time of uncertainty, throughout the world. Whilst the COVID-19 numbers in Ghana are relatively low at present and its vaccine rollout has re-commenced, the looming “third wave” of the pandemic remains on the horizon. The RGD’s efforts to streamline and speed-up processes regarding IP matters will, no doubt, alleviate any additional pressure expected to be caused by the impending “third wave” of the pandemic.

Related News & Insights

North African countries collaborate to strengthen anti-counterfeiting measures in an environmentally sustainable manner

Dec 14 2023 | Adams News, | Anti-Counterfeiting, | Intellectual Property,

Countries in Northern Africa, including Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco and Egypt have been increasing the...

Recent successes in appeals for delays in meeting formalities deadlines for patent matters in Egypt

Dec 14 2023 | Adams News, | Egypt, | Intellectual Property, | Patents,

Egypt is one of several countries that still require applicants to obtain legalisation of certain do...