IP Developments within the last 12 months

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IP Developments within the last 12 months

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 11:27

The revised IP Law of OAPI known as the Bangui Accord has recently been made available to the public for the first time. However, it has yet to enter into force, as it requires ratification by 12 member states before it can be promulgated, and so far, only 7 member states have done so. The changes introduced by the new law include the following:- Trade Marks The definition of a trade mark will be broadened to include sounds. Substantive examination on absolute grounds will be conducted for...


Fri, 26/10/2018 - 15:11

As the date on which the UK plans to leave the EU – 29th March 2019 – draws ever nearer, we are advising trade mark and design owners to take proactive steps now to reduce their costs in the event of a “no deal” scenario, by filing any proposed EU trade mark or registered design applications as soon as possible.   Recent notification from the UK Government confirms that an equivalent UK right will be granted free of charge to any EU TM or design registered before this date, regardless of...


Wed, 10/10/2018 - 10:41

The Government of Malawi deposited its instrument of accession to the Madrid Agreement and Madrid Protocol with WIPO’s Director General on 25th September 2018.  The Madrid System now covers 118 member states.    The Protocol will enter into force in Malawi on 25th December 2018.


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