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Zambia judgment casts doubts on international registrations

A Zambian High Court has ruled that the Zambian Trade Mark Act does not recognise unregistered well-known marks. Wayne Meiring explains why this judgment may also affect international trade mark registrations in Zambia

We have long had concerns that international registrations (IRs) are neither valid nor enforceable in those common law countries in Africa that have not specifically incorporated the Madrid Protocol into national law. A recent Zambian High Court judgment seems to...

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