• Egypt enables e-filing system for patents September 19, 2017
    Good news from WIPO is that Egypt has enabled the e-filing of patents via PCT. Applicants can file in Arabic or English and competant examining authorities include Austria, USA, Egypt and the EPO. There is a sliding scale on the fees depending on whether one is part of a research institute, company of less that 10 employees or larger company and it is cheape […]
  • Africa’s percent and the digital future September 18, 2017
    Christophe Van Zyl, who heads up Dennermeyer's Africa practice, recently wrote to Afro-IP with a thought provoking analysis (below) of Africa's wordwide IP contribution, comparing it to the Asian boom and making a case for digitization as the key to promoting IP investment on the continent.  "the possibility in the future for IP owners to file […]
  • Calling all copyright experts... September 7, 2017
    An invitation brought to our attention by Prof Wim Alberts: 
    Afro Leo
  • New Legal Journal Debuts in Nigeria August 22, 2017
    The University of Lagos, Unilag for short, has recently launched a new law journal.  Vol. 1 No.1 of the UNILAG Law Review was issued in June 2017.  The new publication includes an online forum---an accompanying blog---which began in March of this year.  It's a student-edited journal with contributions from students and established scholars.  As the jour […]
    Aurelia J. Schultz
  • First International Conference on Law and Digital Technology Explores Number of IP Issues for Africa August 13, 2017
    Babcock University torch at entrance to main campusLittle Leo recently had the privilege of attending the First International Conference on Law and Digital Technology hosted at Babcock University in Nigeria.  The ambitious conference title was well met during the two-day program with sessions covering everything from e-banking and e-health to Nigeria’s space […]
    Aurelia J. Schultz
  • Dimensions of a Tour De France Sponsorship August 8, 2017
    Recently I attended an inspiring and interesting presentation involving sports sponsorship. Hosted by Price Forbes, Ant Garstang took us through Dimension Data and Qhubeka’s journey to compete and partner in the greatest cycle event on earth, in a two hour talk.The Tour de France needs little introduction but perhaps the best way of describing the scale of t […]
    Darren Olivier
  • When Fashion Meets Mother Teresa, Louboutin, Louis Vuitton and Vilakazi Street Soweto July 25, 2017
    Nothings catches my eye like a little bit of fashion controversy and there is a been quite a bit in the news lately. The BBC carried a story of why it was necessary to trade mark the dress/uniform of Mother Teresa, explaining, quite rightly in my view, that sometimes IP registration is required to preserve rather than to exploit. This BBC piece has implicati […]
    Afro Chic
  • Circulating with SAIIPL, dotAfrica, ASA and Silverware July 10, 2017
    Several years ago the irrepressible Dr Madelein Kleyn revived the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law’s newsletter – “IP Briefs”. Afro-IP is pleased to announce that it will assist SAIIPL and Dr Kleyn disseminate the news through the blog in a bid to make the information more accessible.We start with this month’s newsletter published just re […]
    Afro Leo
  • ASA update, Pottinger & Guptas, Ethiopia's bootleggers and the world's largest battery July 7, 2017
    Friday first week of July, Africa’s Dimension Data sponsored Tour de France team lost Mark Cavendish; Wimbledon 2017 features Africans from Tunisia, Zimbabwe and South Africa; FIFA has banned Sudanese football clubs from participating in African football competitions, Africans appear on both teams in the Lords cricket test, and CJ Stander turns out in red in […]
  • The link between passing off & provenance - Guest Post July 4, 2017
    Darren MargoAfro-Corne is delighted to receive this handy synopsis on recent case law on passing off from the desks of Darren Margo and Natalie Hill of Margo Attorneys. In this post the authors pick up on the recent Supreme Court of Appeal judgment in South Africa in Herbal Zone v Infitech Technologies which covers that situation where an ex distributor turn […]