OAPI: MADRID PROTOC

On 20 July 2017, at a ceremony marking the departure of the Director General of OAPI, Paulin Edou Edou, a number of important announcements were made.   Among these announcements, it is clear that OAPI will not take kindly to criticism from lawyers who represent clients before OAPI.   This […]

OAPI : URGENT RENEWAL RECOMMENDATIONS

All new trade marks filed at the OAPI IP Office had to comply with the 11th edition of the Nice Classification System as of 30 April 2017.   In previous editions of the Classification system, Class 42 included services such as “providing of food and drink; temporary accommodation; medical, hygienic […]

OAPI ADOPTS 11° ED. OF THE NICE CLASSIFICATION

The Trade Marks Registry of the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI), based in Cameroon, announced recently that the 11th edition of the Nice Classification system is to be applied when filing new trade mark applications in OAPI.   OAPI is a regional trade mark registration system in Africa, which can […]

RECORDAL OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS IN KENYA

Section 34 of the Act read with the Regulations of 2010 provide that a trade mark proprietor may apply to the Commissioner of the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) for a recordal of its intellectual property rights.   The effect of an approved application with KRA is that it empowers the […]