South Sudan: Trademarks Registrar ceased activity

Since the former Sudanese territory corresponding to the states of Bahr el Ghazal, Equatoria became independent on 9 July 2011, the status of protection of Intellectual Property Rights is uncertain in the new country and the implementation of the new law is still pending.

To reassure the investors, the Ministry of Justice of South Sudan had decided to accept applications for registrations of trademarks at the Registrar of Companies, guided by the Sudan Trade Marks Act of 196.

However, the Registrar has now temporarily ceased its activity while Ministry of Justice resolves operational and legislative issues in connection to trademarks.

A group of stakeholders is following up the situation hoping to help to overcome all difficulties in Ministry of Justice.

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