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IP Developments within the last 12 months

Wed, 15/08/2018 - 11:17

The Namibian Industrial Property Act, 2012 came into effect on 1st August 2018. This law repeals the Patents, Designs, Trade Marks and Copyright Act, 1916, the Patents and Designs Proclamation, 1923 and the Trade Marks in South West Africa Act, 1973. It provides for the registration, protection and administration of patents, utility model certificates, industrial designs, trade marks, collective marks, certification marks and trade names.   As far as patents are concerned, the previous...


Tue, 07/08/2018 - 15:14

Today, 7th August 2018, a new Design Act (hereinafter referred to as "the Act") was implemented in Israel. This new law replaces the Patents and Designs Ordinance (1924) ("the Ordinance"), which has been the law governing design protection in Israel to date. Whilst the new Act will regulate all matters regarding the registration of designs in Israel moving forward, the old Ordinance will still largely regulate designs which were registered prior to the implementation of the Act.   Of...


Thu, 10/05/2018 - 07:57

The current Intellectual Property Law in Rwanda is dated 26th October 2009, and entered into force following its publication on 14th December 2009.  The current law provides that trade mark registrations are valid for 10 years from the application date.   Trade marks filed under the old law which was in force prior to 2009 did not have to be renewed at any time.  The provisions of the current law require trade marks filed under the old law to be renewed within 10 years of the...


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