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Africa: patenting against the clock

Africa18-11-2021Vítor Sérgio Moreira

When you need a substantive examination of a patent application in a hurry, Africa’s legal frameworks can present complex options, explains Vítor Sérgio Moreira of Inventa.

Patents in Africa: ARIPO vs contracting states' laws

Africa14-10-2021Marisol Cardoso

When patenting in Africa, the easy route is not always best, says Marisol Cardoso of Inventa International.

The rise of amapiano and its appropriation

South Africa28-09-2021Inês Sequeira

A music genre that grew out of South Africa is drawing interest from Western artists, but a backlash by its originators could lead to copyright claims, explains Inês Sequeira of Inventa International.

DABUS: the ‘natural person’ problem

International17-09-2021Miguel Bibe

Its creators may have lauded the award of a South Africa patent as a step forward for AI but, without legislation, DABUS will struggle to get further, argues Miguel Bibe of Inventa International.

Cape Verde: a pocket guide to trademark renewals

03-09-2021Diana Pereira

In light of the Cape Verdean system’s ambiguity, it is advisable to opt for a defensive strategy and keep on top of renewals, says Diana Pereira of Inventa International.

IP considerations when investing in Egypt

Egypt04-08-2021Inês Sequeira

Amid major investment in infrastructure, there will be a spike in trademark applications in Egypt, Inês Sequeira of Inventa International predicts.

The end of ‘Moroccan Habanos’

Morocco15-07-2021Miguel Bibe

A Moroccan businessman has finally lost the right to use the name of the iconic Cuban cigar brand. Miguel Bibe of Inventa International explores the history of the dispute, and what it means for brand owners.

A profile of patent applications filed in Mozambique

Mozambique05-07-2021Vítor Sérgio Moreira

Careful analysis of data shows that a strong IP system may be a gateway for sustainable economic growth in Mozambique, reports Vítor Sérgio Moreira of Inventa International.

2020: Nigeria’s progress on copyright reform

Nigeria28-06-2021Inês Monteiro Alves

Despite the disruption of the past year, Nigeria has seen a number of key developments in copyright law, Inês Monteiro Alves of Inventa International reports.

Protecting inventions in Africa

Africa22-06-2021Marisol Cardoso

When filing patents in Africa, there are essential points to consider between regional patent offices, says Marisol Cardoso of Inventa International.

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