Tuesday, 21 February 2017
Monday, 20 February 2017
Friday, 17 February 2017
Big shout out to Victor Nzomo (IPKenya blog) for guessing where Afro Leo found himself midweek. Gabon, you should go there! Happy Friday.
Look out for information on the Africa's largest ever copyright claim, coming straight to you via Afro-IP on Monday.
Thanks to those who voted on our rejuvenate poll (click here and then gaze right) - an overwhelming show of support. Much appreciated.
Wednesday, 15 February 2017
This week, I am surrounded by nature, with huge dunes that rise sometimes 200 meters and give life to a dense and humid forest, savannah and mangrove. In these wonderful surroundings, chimpanzees, lowland gorillas and colobus monkeys are free to enjoy the forest food. The animals are well protected here and buffalo, elephants and panthers live without fear of being poached.
Tuesday, 14 February 2017
The Relief Market in Nigeria, central Africa, is a hive of activity as vendors cook, clean and arrange their produce which ranges form dried fish to fresh herbs. Shoppers can also purchase their favourite tipple, but beware- the brandy in these stalls may not be the real thing.
Afro Leo suggests that wine producers should also combat the problem using traditional IP techniques. An advanced trade mark and (where possible, copyright) filing program should be undertaken. This may include the labels and shapes of the bottles, as well as the word marks including those in the services classes. Regional protection for geographical indicators should be considered too and filings should be made at customs to enable swift enforcement. These programs should include export, defensive and source markets for products. There have been stories of fake vineyards in China, for example.
It's a significant problem for Africa whose wine regions rank amongst the best in the world.