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
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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