Introduction Organisational intellectual property (patents, trademarks, trade secrets, confidential information etc.) can be utilised in different ways either internally by the owners or externally by licensees or third parties. This internal or external utilisation of IP comes with opportunities and challenges to businesses and institutions. These IP related opportunities and challenges require appropriate policies and
Having been established in September 2010 through the Intellectual Property Tribunal Act [Chapter 26:08], the Intellectual Property Tribunal breathed life for the very first time, after years of existence on paper when it sat to decide on a appeal coming from a decision of the Controller of Patents, Trade Marks and Industrial Designs. To further enunciate the existence of
The much awaited National Intellectual Property Policy & Implementation Strategy for the government of Zimbabwe was officially launched today, June 28 2018. The colourful event held at Rainbow Towers Hotel in Harare was well attended by various stakeholders including industry, academic and research institutions and the civic society. The guest of honour was the Minister
Geographical Indications (GIs) by definition are signs used on products that identify them as originating from a particular place, where a given quality, reputation or other characteristics of the product are essentially attributable to its geographical origin. In order for a product to assume GI protection, the sign must identify the product as originating from
My view is that to discuss the Validation issue, we need to be very careful not to build fences and argue from the other side (e.g Africa as a victim). Validation of patents is not about Europe gaining or Africa losing out, it is a principle premised on a plethora of founding rules, and we
The 18th of January 2018 marked the start of a unique journey where the African Intellectual Property and innovation story is told by Africans themselves. The project was launched through a Facebook Live broadcast in Dubai which featured two IP Experts from Zimbabwe namely Miss Brenda Matanga, Managing Partner at BMatanga IP Attorneys and current
The AllThingsIP Africa project will be launched on the 18th of January 2018. The online project is focused on establishing Intellectual Property-related dialogue across Africa and creating access to IP-related information, legal guidance and mentorship for African innovators. In addition, the project also looks at discussing and promoting issues related to innovation in Africa and
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