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Central African Republic Patents

International and Regional Systems: Paris Convention PCT OAPI Member of OAPI, a regional filing system which covers Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal and Togo. A single application automatically covers all countries mentioned above. It is not possible to designate the countries of interest. For more information, please refer to OAPI.

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...

Patentability of Cannabis Varieties

Patentability of Cannabis Varieties

Cannabis breeding involves the direct manipulation of cannabis species to create desired phenotypes, for example to increase or decrease cannabinoid or tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) levels. ...

Trademark Shapes

Trademark Shapes

In order to trademark shapes your mark needs to consist of a three-dimensional shape. It is typically considered a non-traditional trade mark.  Other non-traditional trade marks include...

Inventor Assistance Program

Inventor Assistance Program

The recent COVID-19 pandemic did not only have socio-economic implications but has initiated one of the worst financial depressions the world has ever seen. However, as the saying goes, “Necessity...

Difference between a Domain Name and a Website

Difference between a Domain Name and a Website

A domain name is essentially the address which directs users to a particular internet location. This internet location has a unique identifier, the Internet Protocol (IP) address, which would also...

Non-disclosure Agreement and Loss of IP Rights

Non-disclosure Agreement and Loss of IP Rights

A Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) can be used to avoid the “gentleman’s agreement” dilemma, by legally binding a participant to not disclose/divulge/release the confidential information shared with...

Startup Businesses, IP Rights

Startup Businesses, IP Rights

Why startup businesses need to consider registering their IP rights from the word “GO!” When starting a new business, making a new product, building a new brand or using a new domain name, the first...

File Patent & Design Applications

File Patent & Design Applications

Patent & design applications are not mutually exclusive, and there are many instances in which it would be advantageous to file both patent & design applications for the same new product. In...

South African Registered Designs

South African Registered Designs

South African registered designs may be filed for the appearance of an article, provided that the particular appearance is new when compared to other articles of a similar nature. In South Africa,...

File Patent & Design Applications

South African Design

A South African Design may be protected in terms of the The South African Designs Act No. 195 of 1993 which gives the owner of a registered design control over their design for a limited...