- Nigeria’s World Cup kit sells out in 15 minutes [BBC]
- Rwanda’s £30m Arsenal sponsorship divides opinion [The Guardian]
- Uganda imposes tax on social media use [Reuters]
- Cameroon: 3rd Meeting of the ARIPO-OAPI Joint Commission on Intellectual Property [In French]
- Tanzania: AY and Mwana FA awarded Sh96 million against telco giant [SDE]
- Court rules SONY is not a well-known brand in Kenya [Business Daily]
- Music Copyright Society of Kenya Now Banned from Collecting Music Royalties [Captain Obvious]
- New South African IP Policy Text Now Available [Official]
- Some concerns on advertisements in Ethiopia [The Herald]
- Running the gauntlet: making wise patenting decisions [Dennemeyer IP Blog]
- MaXhosa v Zara [Stellenbosch IP Chair]
- Winners of the 2017 ATRIP Essay Competition Announced [ATRIP]
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Have a great week-end!
This blogger is pleased to announce (rather belatedly) that the Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law (CIPIT) Blog has received the Award for the Best Education Blog at the fourth annual edition of the Kenyan Blog Awards!
For the first time, the 2015 edition of Kenyan Blog Awards introduced the “Best Education Blog” category which rewards blog about education matters and those run by educational institutions. With this win, Strathmore University becomes the first ever educational institution to be awarded at the Kenyan Blog Awards.
In the spirit of this year’s music-themed World IP Day, this blogger has opted to share a recent ruling: In the Matter of Trade Mark No. KE/T/2010/67586 “KENYA BOYS CHOIR” (WORDS) in Classes 16 and 41 in the Name of Joseph Muyale Inzai and Expungement Proceedings Thereto by Kenyan Boys Choir delivered by the Assistant Registrar of Trade Marks at the Kenya Industrial Property Institute (KIPI).
In 2010, one Joseph Muyale Inzai filed an application to register his trade mark “KENYA BOYS CHOIR” (WORDS) before the Registrar of Trade Marks in classes 16 and 41 of the Nice Classification. The mark was approved, published and thereafter entered in the Register of Trade Marks in 2010. In the same year, Members of a choir known as Kenyan Boys Choir obtained registration of their business names “THE KENYAN BOYS CHOIR” and “THE BOYS CHOIR OF KENYA” under the Registration of Business Names Act.
These Members of the Kenyan Boys Choir filed an application for expungement of the mark claiming that they were aggrieved by the entry of the mark for various reasons including that they were the true owners of the mark: “KENYAN BOYS CHOIR” which was virtually identical to the mark in question: “KENYA BOYS CHOIR”.