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Namibia

Namibia Designs

Namibia Designs

Namibia designs have a duration of 15 years from date of filing. Annual renewal fees are payable from the first anniversary of the filing date. Namibia is a member of the Paris Convention where each...

Namibia Designs

Namibia

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

Namibia Designs

Namibia Patents

Namibia Patents may be filed through the ARIPO union where the applicant may file a single application designating the specific contracting states either directly at ARIPO or through a contracting...

Namibia Designs

Namibia Trademarks

Namibia Trademarks may be filed through the Business and Intellectual Property Authority (BIPA) of Namibia, or the ARIPO union where the applicant may file a single application designating the...

Central African Republic Trade Marks

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.

Foreign IP filings into Africa

Foreign IP filings into Africa

According to estimates, Africa’s population will reach 2.4 billion by the year 2050. This will, in turn, create considerable opportunities in terms of economic growth which also creates...

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...

Foreign IP filings into Africa

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...