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It is well known that patents are an exclusive right granted for inventions, namely, products and processes which are new, inventive, and provided with industrial application. When it comes to music, original compositions are commonly protected by copyright or trademarks (the latter being only possible in the countries where the registration of sound marks is allowed).
Even though musical creat...
In Geneva, on June 17, ministers, and delegates at the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO’s) Twelfth Ministerial Conference (MC12) reached an agreement on a series of key trade initiatives. The deal represents a breakthrough for the Organisation which has created one agreement between all 164 members in its 27-year existence to date.
This long-anticipated achieved consensus took place...
Approved by the Republic Assembly in March and published in the Diário Oficial in June, Decree No. 9/2022 comes into force on 26th September 2022. The new decree revokes Decree No. 4/2001 and updates the issue of copyright and neighbouring rights in Mozambique.
According to article 9 of the new law, copyright belongs to the intellectual creator of the work and is recognised regardl...
San Francisco (USA) hosted the 2022 edition of the AIPPI World Conference on 10-13 September. Organised by the AIPPI, the event brought together IP profissionals to discuss, share and exchange insights on various areas of IP.
Inventa joined the event being represented by Daniel Reis Nobre, Tiago Reis Nobre and Vitor Palmela Fidalgo, where they had the opportunity to share some of the latest new...
Although the religious texts do not refer to Intellectual Property (IP), religions are connected to IP.
In a more evident way, religions’ influence on IP ranges from discussing and approving IP laws to registering and using trademarks. In a less obvious way, we observed a displacement of religion in trademarks, through consumerism. Like religions, well-known brands, such as Coca-Cola and...
The commercial relationships between China and the African continent began as early as the 2nd century BC, having expanded in the 7th century following the development of maritime routes. Trade between China and Africa has expanded since then and China became, in the 21st century, Africa’s first economic partner.
The exchanges between the two regions concern trade, investment, and finance...
The Portuguese Patent Law (CPI) may provide interesting ways for an applicant to file a priority document in Portugal and when filing subsequent patent applications abroad.
The CPI provides users of the patent system with two embodiments of patent applications, namely a provisional patent application (PPA) and a non-provisional patent application (PA).
This article aims to present the advant...
A fierce battle broke out in the IP field because of the war in Ukraine. The Russian Government issued Decree No. 299, dated March 6th, 2022, which allows national companies or individuals to use inventions, utility models and industrial designs, belonging to “unfriendly countries” of Russia, without owner permission or compensation. Its aftermath may result in deep uncertainty re...
On May 26, 2022, the South African Supreme Court of Appeal issued a decision in a case involving two tobacco manufacturers, Open Horizon and Carnilinx.
Open Horizon filed a lawsuit against Carnilinx for infringement of its ‘Pacific’ trademarks (with several variants) for tobacco products and cigarettes, on the grounds that the competitor, which was trading the same products under th...
The greater heritage of a nation remains in the creativity of its citizens. Since the beginning of the 20th Century, the world has continued to experience astronomical advancement in scientific and technological innovations, which has changed the phase of modern society, leading many thinkers to term this present civilization “the jet age”.
This technological advancement has had an...
Inventa has been contributing to updating several chapters related to African jurisdictions in the Manual of Industrial Property (also known as The Brown Book), published every year by Wolters Kluwer International Group.
As usual, the contribution of Inventa outlines the procedures and laws involved in filing applications for patents, trademarks or designs specifically in ARIPO, OAPI, Somalia,...
In the past decade we have been seeing a rise on marketing and sale of products containing Cannabidiol (more commonly referred to as CBD), which is an active compound that derives from the marijuana plant.
Marijuana or Cannabis is a mixture of dried flowers of Cannabis Sativa that is most often smoked and is considered a drug by the World Health Organization (WHO). In fact, the Organization sta...
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