The latest issue of the World Trademark Review was entitled “African strategies and developments” – see the lead link for Afro-IP’s blog posting. They say:
“The article picks up significant issues in some nine African states, together with ARIPO. … the registration of service marks is not something you can take for granted, since there are still plenty of jurisdictions where such registration is not available.”
Additionally, the article picks up important points regarding domain names registration, cyber-squatting and subsequent enforcement issues in Africa – using several examples. There is also mention of a new initiative in South Africa to grant extended protection to traditional knowledge.