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Tanzania's IP changes are good for business


Tanzania has recently updated its IP laws. Nimrod E Mkono, Audax K Kameja and August N Mrema of Mkono & Co explain what the changes mean for IP owners

The present United Republic of Tanzania is a union of two countries, Tanganyika and Zanzibar. The IP regime in Tanzania is regulated by two separate and independent legal systems because IP matters are not union matters and as such, for IP protection, Tanganyika and Zanzibar are two different jurisdictions.

For years, counterfeiting and piracy has cast a shadow over Tanzania. However, matters have changed following the promulgation and implementation of legislation which reinforce the war against them. There are two recent and important legislative developments in the IP arena in Tanzania that are expected to change the IP landscape for the better.

Legislative changes This article discusses the recently enacted changes introduced by the Merchandise Marks Act Regulations 2008 and the Zanzibar Industrial Property Act 2008. With these changes Tanzania has made a big step by amending its laws on the protection of IP rights to comply with international standards prescribed...


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