Re-submission of Revamped Nigerian IPCom Bill likely to happen before the end of the year.

The Intellectual Property Lawyers Association of Nigeria (IPLAN) and other stakeholders have been working on presenting a revamped Industrial Property Commission (IPCOM) bill to the Nigerian National Assembly. The IPCOM bill seeks to harmonize all the current IP laws and bodies by establishing single law and body for the administration of trade marks, copyright, patents and designs in Nigeria among other improvements. The IPCOM bill is an attempt to bring Nigerian IP practice into the 21st century as it is the considered opinion of IP practitioners in Nigeria that the current laws that govern intellectual property law in Nigeria are archaic. This is especially in view of the recent developm

Marks Designating Botswana under the Madrid System Published

The Registrar of the Botswana Trade Mark Office has commenced the arduous task of publishing the marks filed and designated to Botswana under the Madrid System. The publication of the first batch of the applications has appeared in the Botswana Trade Mark Journal Volume 17 Issue 2, dated the 31st of May 2016. The Madrid system is an international registration system administered by WIPO through the international Bureau. Once an applicant for registration under the Madrid system has filed their application designating the countries in which they seek protection it is accepted and registered by International Bureau. The bureau then sends details of the registration to the national trade mark

Nigerian IP Unit Registrar Recalled

On Tuesday, 21 June 2016, Mrs Adebola Adegoke was appointed by the Federal Ministry of Justice of Nigeria as the head the Commercial Law Department, a department under the Federal Ministry of Trade and Investment. As head of the commercial law department Mrs Adegoke was by default in charge of the Trade mark, Patent and Design registries as they are a unit under the Commercial Law Department. As new Director of the Commercial Law Department, Mrs Adegoke began to make the necessary arrangements towards taking on the position of the Registrar of the IP unit, a move that was met with resistance by staff and stakeholders of the various IP registries. In a bid to resolve the conflict, the appoint

INTA comes to Africa!

"if the mountain won't come to Muhammad, Muhammad must go to the mountain" This year the International Trade Mark Association (INTA) will host its first ever conference in Africa. The meeting is set to take place in Cape Town South Africa at a venue as close to the foot of Table Mountain as one can get, the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel. INTA will host two meetings from the 31st of August to the 2nd of September 2016. A one day ICC-BASCAP conference focusing on counterfeit goods and piracy in Africa and a two day INTA conference with various presentations on IP prosecution and enforcement in Africa. The conference program is set out as follows; On 31 August INTA and the International Chamber of

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