WORLD INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY DAY The World Intellectual Property Day is observed on the 26th of April of every year.  The purpose of the World IP day is to raise awareness about patents, copyright, and trademarks. Intellectual property (IP) is a vital part of the global creative and innovative ecosystems, especially for individual creators, entrepreneurs, start-ups, […]

The impact of the African Continental Free Trade Area on Intellectual Property rights

The impact of the African Continental Free Trade Area on Intellectual Property rights The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is a trade pact between African nations to form the world’s largest free trade area by creating a single market for goods and services across Africa. [1]The AfCFTA is destined to be the largest free […]

You can now designate The Gambia in an ARIPO application

On 3 August 2021 it became possible to designate the Republic of the Gambia in an ARIPO application in terms of the Banjul Protocol. This brings the number of countries which may be designated in an ARIPO application to 12, namely, Botswana, the Kingdom of Eswatini, The Gambia, the Kingdom of Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, […]

How trade secrets can bring value to your business

Hush – hush! – It is a trade secret. Business in the modern world has become cutthroat and to remain competitive and to meet the ever evolving customer demands, businesses are being forced to innovate and improve their product offerings and services. The said innovation is driven by information which if it lands in the […]

Mozambique joins the Banjul System

With effect from 15 August 2020, brand owners can use the Banjul system to protect their marks in Mozambique and ten other countries by filing one application and paying one set of fees. On 15 May 2020, Mozambique deposited its instrument of accession to the Banjul Protocol on Marks with the Director General of ARIPO, […]

Alec Muza Elected Zimbabwe Institute of Patent and Trademarks Agents President

Alec Muza, head of our Intellectual Property practice area, was elected President of the Zimbabwe Institute of Patent and Trademarks Agents at the annual general meeting which took place on 27 February 2019. Alec Muza has 12 years’ experience advising companies on brand protection strategies, trademark and patent filings and prosecutions, copyright, licensing, sale and purchase […]

MS celebrates World IP Day

IP lawyers from MawereSibanda attended this year’s event which was hosted by the African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO) at the ARIPO headquarters in Harare, Zimbabwe.