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IP Developments within the last 12 months

Thu, 06/09/2018 - 10:37

Further to our recent article about the new IP Act in Namibia, we have now sought clarification from the Registrar concerning the term of patents.   Previously, we had been led to believe that patents granted under the new law would have a term of 14 years, as was the case under the old law, but that renewal fees will now be payable annually, on each anniversary of the filing date. However, following discussions with the Registrar, it has now been clarified as follows:   - Patents...


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...


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