• Zimbabwe: African Resilience Shines Through November 16, 2017
    Brenda Matanga  sent Afro-IP a message today to re-assure the IP community and investors that Zimbabwe remains open for business.  “Its business as usual” she exclaimed as she updated on the Zimbabwe Institute of Patent & Trade Mark Agents' talk this afternoon on the procedure for trade mark oppositions at ARIPO. She described the attendance as bein […]
    Afro Leo
  • Kenyan Company Secures Music Licensing Rights to Stream Global Catalog November 14, 2017
    Select your location on MdundoThe big international music news in Africa is usually about an African artist signing with an American label, but this time, Mdundo.com has flipped the meza.  Mdundo has licensed the rights to stream Warner Music's catalog in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Nigeria (one of these things is not like the others...). Disrupt Africa […]
    Aurelia J. Schultz
  • Roundtable turns its focus to the pharma industry and invites you November 13, 2017
    This is an invitation to a roundtable discussion on the harm of illicit trade and the role of trade mark counterfeiting within the pharmaceutical industry organised by the Companies & Intellectual Property Commission in association with the South African Liquor Brand Owners Association.The roundtable is part of a series that envisages examining the role […]
  • Amendments to the .ZA ADR Regulations November 10, 2017
    After having proposed changes to the .ZA Alternative Dispute Resolution Regulations in December last year, the South African Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services has, with effect from today, amended the Regulations in some significant respects.  The amendment notice can be viewed here.Many of the amendments appear to have been lifted from the U […]
    Jeremy Speres
  • The Shape of a Taxi: Who is Driving Miss Daisy? November 10, 2017
    Afro-IP is delighted to announce that this is the final guest post from Prof Wim Alberts. Wim has formally joined the Afro-IP blogging team and will be contributing as and when his schedule allows. Here is his comparative analysis of the recent Taxi appeal case in the UK. Perhaps you know where South African law is going or rather, who or what is driving it? […]
    Afro Leo
  • South Africa’s ASA launches funding model November 7, 2017
    Resurfacing from business rescue just over a year ago and a series of AGM’s in April this year, the ASA has continued to make steady progress back to recovery. Yesterday it launched its  voluntary 0.1% funding model from advertisers.It works like this. Marketers will be able to opt in to pay .1% of levy on all advertising. So, if an Ad costs R10 000 then R10 […]
    Afro Leo
  • Cap Tip to Cabo Verde November 2, 2017
    Cape Verde or, since 2013, Cabo Verde is the name of the archipelago of islands in the tropics about 500km off the west coast of Africa. Discovered by the Portuguese in the 15th century they achieved prominence as a strategic acquisition that facilitated slave trade and helped secure shipping lanes further around Africa and also across to the Americas.Its fo […]
  • Reflections on the Crammer(TM) October 20, 2017
    The Glove InitiativeYesterday I MCed the annual Adams & Adams Crammer event. This event aims to digest a year's worth of IP and commercial legal developments into a single morning through a series of short sharp presentations. It was held at the Radisson in Sandton, part of Africa's richest business square mile. Almost 200 people attended the e […]
    Darren Olivier
  • Ghana taking strides October 17, 2017
    Source: WikipediaNews coming in from Ghana in the past few weeks is that of a country gearing up for modern day innovation and growth with a recognition for robust IP systems.Airport Expansion SITA is providing its world-class passenger and baggage processing technology as well as its airport management solutions to Ghana’s new Terminal 3 at Kotoka Internati […]
  • LES, Herbex, NIPMO, IP Briefs, the Crammer and Kenya's Copyright developments - Friday ramblings October 13, 2017
    The Licensing Executives Society of South Africa has a very pleasant and active local membership. This week their one day conference attracted over 50 attendees speaking on topics that  included South Africa’s draft IP Policy, OECD tax regime developments, NIPMO’s dynamic progress under Dr Kerry Faul and the Competition Commission’s foray into the world of c […]
    Darren Olivier