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On 30 July 2019, the Mauritius Parliament approved and passed the Industrial Property Bill 2019, it was then published in the Government Gazette on 10 August 2019. The bill aims to update and strengthen protection for IP rights, as well as to harmonize the current legislation in order to meet the challenges of the globalized industry.
The Mauritian economy is ranked by the World Econo...
Vítor Sérgio Moreira of Inventa International examines the growing trend in EU priority claims in ARIPO patent applications and looks at which sectors those applications are most likely to originate from.
In this article, we aim to identify the profile of patent applications filed before the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) in which priority is claimed...
This study aims to identify the profile of the filing of patent applications before the European Patent Office (EPO), wherein at least an applicant is domiciled in Africa, and to acquire more information about the main technological fields and applicants from Africa that seek patent protection within the member states of EPO.
We have evaluated the European Patent Applications filed from 2009 to...
There have been many changes in 2020 to procedures for registering industrial property rights in Angola, particularly with regard to trademark registration. The most significant revision is the change to the payment period for granting fees, which alters the entire procedure for registering trademarks in the country, along with the possibility of requesting a 60-day extension.
The government of Mozambique deposited its instrument of Accession to the Banjul Protocol on the 15th of May 2020 and will effectively become a member of ARIPO’s protocol for trademarks on August 15, 2020. It will, therefore, be possible to designate Mozambique in an ARIPO application filed from that date.
This accession brings the number of Member States party to the Protocol to eleven (...
Zanzibar’s Business and Property Registration Agency (BPRA) recently introduced several changes to its practice, which are set to have an impact on the country’s IP landscape.
The most important amendment is arguably the introduction of an online registration system. It aims to accelerate application proceedings, although this may take a while to be fully effective as it will requir...
Angola is one of many countries that recognises IP rights as an important contribution to a country’s social and economic development. It is a member of WIPO and adopted the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property. Further, Law 3/92 (published in the Official Gazette (9) on 28 February 1992) was the first piece of specific IP legislation in the country.
Following the previous deadline extension until 1 May 2020, the European Union Intellectual Property Office’s (EUIPO) Executive Director has issued Decision No EX-20-4, which extends until 18 May all time limits expiring between 1 May 2020 and 17 May 2020 that affect all parties in proceedings before the Office.
As per EUIPO’s guidance, “the reference to ‘all t...
The Angolan Patent and Trademark Office has announced by Notification n.º 7/2020, the resumption of its activities from April 27.
This Notification follows the Presidential Decree No. 120/20, of April 24 which, despite extending the state of emergency, provides in its Article 14 the reopening of the Public Services and foresees some security measures.
In particular, the working hours ar...
The world is constantly changing. The changes, however, cause friction with the old habits and represent a threat to the eyes of those who have benefited so much at the expense and detriment of the environment. Climate change, air and water pollution, rising water levels in the oceans, and other circumstances that threaten terrestrial fauna and flora have been in the spotlight in recent years. If,...
The Somalia Trademarks Office resumed its operations at the end of 2019, when Ministerial Decree 1/2019 was issued by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, stipulating that trademark registrations are once again possible in this former Italian colony and British Protectorate.
Following the overthrow of President Siad Barre in 1991, Somalia entered into civil war and the northwe...
In 2019, China became the world leader in international patent applications, according to the annual report of the World Intellectual Property Organization, presented in Geneva, having overtaken the United States of America and ended a period of leadership that had lasted since the creation of the WIPO Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) in 1978.
In a very positive year as regards the number of pat...
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