Topic: Africa

COVID-19: Global crackdown sees rise in counterfeit and unlicenced medical products

90 countries were involved in Operation Pangea XIII, the annual global coordinated operation to tackle the illegal online sale of medicines and medical devices. Health regulatory authorities, customs and police officers from 90 countries took part in collective action aiming to prevent the illegal online sale of medicines and medical devices, including counterfeit face masks …

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The significance of IP protection in the wake of the FCCPA 2019

Nigeria’s new Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Act puts in place specific checks on false advertisements, deceptive packaging and enhanced accountability on the part of vendors and service providers. In February 2019, further to the outcry by consumers and business owners to have a body of laws that protect their interests, grow the economy and …

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INTA urges brands to warn Gen Z-ers about counterfeit products during holiday season

The International Trademark Association calls on brands to warn Generation Z consumers, who will become the largest global consumer group in 2020, about counterfeit products. This holiday shopping season, the International Trademark Association (INTA) is calling on brands to step up their communications to consumers about the danger of counterfeit products—especially among Gen Z, which …

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VAR: The patented technology changing the face of football

It is that time of the year again! The World Intellectual Property (IP) day is being celebrated the world over. According to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the theme of this year’s celebration is “Reach for Gold: IP and Sports.” This year’s theme is exciting as it affords us the opportunity to reflect on …

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Tobacco plain packaging: An oncoming trademark dispute in South Africa?

Plain packaging of tobacco products in violation of tobacco companies’ IP? For years now there have been discussions about the possible plain packaging of tobacco products in South Africa. Several other countries such as England, Ireland, France and Australia have already introduced laws prescribing tobacco plain packaging. And some of them had to put up …

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Kenya’s Anti-Counterfeit Agency to go digital

Formed in June 2010, Kenya’s Anti-Counterfeit Authority is taking its operations digital. Kenya’s Anti-Counterfeit Authority (ACA) today signed a financing agreement towards the digitization of its operations and services. Funding will be provided by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), channeled through TradeMark East Africa (TMEA), who will provide technical and project financing support …

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Zanzibar’s Food and Drug Agency launches e-portal

Zanzibar will now carry out the regulation of food, drug, cosmetics and medical devices online. Zanzibar’s Food and Drug Agency (ZFDA) has rolled out its e-portal, an online system that will digitize all processes related to the food and drug regulatory services in Zanzibar. This is in line with the East African Community Medicines Regulatory …

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Algeria accedes to Madrid Protocol (1989)

The People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria is set to become the latest country to accede to the Madrid Protocol (1989) (officially known as the “Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks”). The Madrid Protocol will enter into force, with respect to the Algeria, on October 31, 2015. According to Madrid …

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Outdoor advertising and intellectual property

Businesses often spend much time and money to create a successful advertising campaign. It is important to protect your intellectual property assets, so that others do not unfairly copy or free-ride upon your innovative creations.” – Lien Verbauwhede, World Intellectual Property Organization Like in many parts of the world, the advertising sector in Kenya is …

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