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Smit & Van Wyk Patent, Trademark & Registered Designs

Egypt

Egypt

Egypt

Intellectual Property in EgyptSmit & Van Wyk assists with the protection of Intellectual Property in Egypt, including the filing, prosecution and enforcement of patents, designs, trade marks,...

Compulsory Licensing in Egypt

Compulsory Licensing in Egypt

Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly has created a ministerial committee under the Intellectual Property Law No. 82/2002 for compulsory licensing in Egypt. The compulsory licensing mechanism...

Egypt

Egypt Patents

Egypt patents require a fully detailed description of the invention or utility model in Arabic. The application should use the correct technical terms, including a statement on prior art and...

Egypt

Egypt Trademarks

Egypt trademarks are valid for 10 years from the filing date and are renewable every 10 years thereafter. The owner of a registered trademark is granted exclusive rights to use the trademark and...

South Sudan

There is currently no legislation in terms of Industrial Property in South Sudan and therefore it is not possible to obtain registered trade mark, patent or design rights.

Gambia to join the Banjul Protocol

Gambia to join the Banjul Protocol

On 3 May 2021, Gambia deposited its instrument of accession to the Banjul Protocol on Trade Marks. Thus, Gambia may be eligible for designation in ARIPO from 3 August 2021 - Gambia to join the...

Banjul Protocol Update 2020

Banjul Protocol Update 2020

On 15 May 2020, the Government of the Republic of Mozambique deposited its instrument of accession to the Banjul Protocol on Marks.  The instrument of accession is pursuant to a previous resolution...

Uganda Trade Mark Regulations Amendments

Uganda Trade Mark Regulations Amendments

“The Trademarks Act No.17, 2010 was recently amended by the Trademark (Amendment) Regulations No. 9 of 2021”. Uganda has recently amended its Trade Mark Regulations, bringing about several...

Protecting Innovations, indirectly through AfCFTA

Protecting Innovations, indirectly through AfCFTA

The African Continental Free Trade Area AfCFTA is a free trade area founded in 2018, with trade commencing as of 1 January 2021. It was created among 54 of the 55 African Union nations. One of the...

2021 Client Choice Awards

2021 Client Choice Awards

Congratulations to Esmari Jonker on being named a 2021 Client Choice Award Winner! All winners of the 2021 Lexology Client Choice Awards were announced on the 14th of October 2021 and Esmari Jonker...

CIPC File Transfer Notice

CIPC File Transfer Notice

Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) File Transfer Notice The South African CIPC has commenced with the second stage of the large-scale file transition to a new bulk storage...

Privacy rights in South Africa: Data And Cloud

Privacy rights in South Africa: Data And Cloud

Looking at privacy rights in South Africa with the arrival of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) we stand at the verge of a technological revolution, characterised by the digitalisation of...