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Blow for Hyundai as Court of Appeal upholds opposition against KONA mark for automobiles

Blow for Hyundai as Court of Appeal upholds opposition against KONA mark for automobiles

This article first appeared on WTR Daily, part of World Trademark Review, in May, 2019. For further information, please go to www.worldtrademarkreview.com   Kona USA Inc opposed registration of Hyundai’s mark KONA for “automobiles” based on earlier mark KONA for “bicycles” Intellectual Property Office upheld opposition, finding that goods fell within same general category Court of Appeal confirmed that goods belonging…

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Statistics concerning filing of international trademarks designating OAPI

Since its accession to the Madrid Protocol in 2015, the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI) is available in the list of targetable territories in the context of an international application. As a preliminary, it must be admitted logically, and without considering the figures, that the rallying of OAPI seems to be a boon for international…

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New Morrocan border control measures

The African continent remains one of the major markets where intangible assets remain the least protected in comparison with the strength of sales and service delivery in a continent undeniably emerging. The Continent is still a sanctuary where the wrong sometimes takes the place of the real in countries the purchasing power is not yet…

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Specific regulations concerning the registration of certain products in Africa: registration of cosmetics in Nigeria with the national agency for food and drug administration control (NAFDAC)

Some products are subject to certain requirements before they are placed on the market in some countries.   In Nigeria, NAFDAC is the authority charged with the regulation and control of the importation, exportation, manufacture, advertisement, distribution, sale and use of certain products. The scope of its authority is broad and the products under its…

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