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

Countries in Northern Africa, including Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco and Egypt have been increasing their focus on anti-counterfeiting and protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights. A seminar, following on from previous events hosted by AfrIPI, was held in September 2023 in partnership with other international organizations to focus on enforcement of intellectual property rights and […]

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Netflix, Amazon Prime and others invest in Nigeria

Nigeria has the potential to become one of the largest export markets for the US creative sector. Ramin Toloui, assistant secretary for economic and business affairs, United States department of state, says the US government is willing to invest in Nigeria’s creative economy. The U.S. mission in Nigeria has been supporting the Africa International Film […]

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WIPO Director General Visits Namibia and Pledges Support in Developing an Innovation Ecosystem

Over the years, WIPO has been assisting African countries in developing IP policies and innovation ecosystems. Namibia is one of the countries collaborating with WIPO. This collaboration resulted in WIPO’s Director General, Daren Tang visiting Namibia to pledged WIPO’s continued support for strengthening Namibia’s innovation ecosystem. The two- day visit enabled the Director General to […]

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WIPO Director General launch a joint master’s degree program on IP and innovation in Morocco

WIPO has extended its collaboration with Morocco to include a joint master’s degree program on IP and Innovation. The agreement regarding establishment of the joint master’s program was signed during a visit by WIPO’S Director General Daren Tang to Morocco in October 2023. The master’s program hosted by Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P) and the […]

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

Egypt is one of several countries that still require applicants to obtain legalisation of certain documents when filing patent, design or trademark applications in that country. Failure to file the legalised documents within the deadlines provided often lead to lapsing of the right in question. Applicants are afforded the opportunity to file an appeal against […]

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47th Session of the Administrative Council and 19th Session of the Council of Ministers of the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) held in Gaborone, Botswana

The 47th Session of the Administrative Council of ARIPO was held in Gaborone, Botswana from 20 – 23 November 2023.  Adams & Adams Partners, Nicky Garnett and Jameel Hamid, together with the Africa Practice Manager, Menzi Maboyi attended the session. Adams & Adams works closely with ARIPO and we continue to support ARIPO in its […]

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Adams & Adams visits Zambia

On 10 November 2023, Adams & Adams Partner and Chairperson of the Africa Strategy Committee, Mr Simon Brown and the Africa Practice Manager, Mr Menzi Maboyi, travelled to Lusaka, Zambia to meet with the newly appointed Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of the Patents and Companies Registration Agency (PACRA) and his team.   Our team was […]

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OAPI workshop: Geographical Indicators

OAPI in collaboration with the Intellectual Property Rights and Innovation in Africa (AfrIPI) project and the Project to Support the Implementation of Geographical Indications (GI) in OAPI Member States (PAMPIG2) recently hosted a regional workshop in the Cameroonian capital, Yaoundé. The three-day event focused on the “Management of Geographical Indications in the OAPI area: Current […]

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10 of the most innovative economies in Africa in 2023

WIPO recently published its 16th edition of the Global Innovative Index (GII). The GII lists the leading economies in global innovation, ranking the innovation performance of 132 economies. The GII ranking highlights both the strengths and weaknesses of each economy. The GII measures innovation based on criteria that include institutions, human capital and research, infrastructure, […]

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The Uganda Registration Services Bureau takes steps to obtain protection for shea butter as a Geographical Indication

The Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB) is in the process of obtaining Geographical Indications (GI) status for its shea butter products that originate in Northern Uganda. Shea butter, a fat extract from the Vitellaria Nilotica species of tree, is a popular and sought after beauty product used in moisturisers, hair products and cosmetics world-wide. WIPO […]