Chocolate not so sweet

Navendran “Novi” Naidoo, a rapper from the coastal city of Durban South Africa is making waves in South Africa by claiming that the popular band Mi Casa has infringed the copyright in his rap song Chocolat which features South African rugby player, S’bura Sithole. The subject of Naidoo’s complaint is Mi Casa’s hit single which also goes by the name Chocolat. He claims that the two songs are substantially similar. Besides the fact that the songs have identical titles, the word “chocolat” is repeated in the chorus of both songs. The chorus in Naidoo’s version goes as follows: “chocolat, chocolat, brown, brown, brown, chocolat, chocolat”. In comparison, Mi Casa’s chorus goes “chocolat choco, ch

Trade Mark Owners to Benefit from Egypt's New Rules for the Registration of Factories.

On 16 January 2016, the Egyptian Minister of Trade and Industry issued a decree relating to the registration of entities eligible to export goods into Egypt. In terms of the Decree, a Register is to be opened at the GOEIC (the General Organization for Export and Import Control) for the registration of factories and distribution centres that manufacture or import a specified list of goods into Egypt. This list is attached to the Decree, which can be viewed here. Only goods manufactured in the registered factories or imported from the registered companies by the registered distribution centres will be released by customs authorities for retail in Egypt. As part of the application for the regis

Ghana Partners with Switzerland to Strengthen its Intellectual Property System.

In a bid to improve its intellectual property (IP) system, the Ghanaian government in a joint venture with Switzerland recently launched a National Intellectual Property (NIPPS) policy. While the development of the policy was driven by the country's trade policy prescription, which aims to bring Ghana's IP regime in line with its international commitment under the World Trade Organisation on the Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS), the long term goal of the policy is to exploit intellectual property rights for accelerated growth in technological and industrial development in Ghana. The policy sets out the direction in which the country wants to drive its innovations

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