IP Developments within the last 12 months

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IP Developments within the last 12 months

Tue, 10/11/2020 - 15:12

OAPI’s revised IP Law requires ratification by 12 member states before it can enter into force. Cameroon became the 12th member state to ratify the new law on 14th September 2020.   Whilst official notification from OAPI is still awaited, the new law provides that it will enter into force 2 months after the 12th ratification, namely on 14th November 2020. However, only the provisions of the law relating to geographical indications, copyright, unfair competition and plant varieties will...


Fri, 06/11/2020 - 12:50

The Nauru Solicitor General has just advised that, nearly a decade after their Patents Registration Act came into force, the Nauru government has finally announced the publication of its "Patents Registration (Forms and Fees) Regulations 2020". These regulations provide prescribed forms, application procedures (including examination, although it is not clear how this will be carried out, and by whom) and official fees. We do not yet know how previously-filed applications will be treated, or...


Fri, 02/10/2020 - 08:30

Myanmar does not currently have any IP Laws. IP rights are protected by the filing of a Declaration of Ownership with the Registry of Deeds, and the publication of a Cautionary Notice in a local newspaper, in order to alert third parties to the existence of an IP right.   On 30th January 2019, a new trade mark law was passed by the Myanmar Parliament. It will enter into force after an Intellectual Property Office is established. We are pleased to report that after many delays, the...


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