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Podcast: Adams & Adams discuss oppositions based on well-known rights in Africa

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Alissa Naran and Nicole Smalberger of Adams & Adams explain the latest developments on protecting trademarks in Africa, in the first of a three-part podcast series

In the first of a three-part podcast series by Adams & Adams on doing business within the dynamic IP world of Africa, experts Alissa Naran and Nicole Smalberger talk to Managing IP about oppositions based on well-known rights in the continent.

Encompassing 54 countries, Africa is the world’s second-most populous continent. Remarkably, 60% of this population is under the age of 25, presenting the opportunity for a new generation of increasingly educated business leaders to shape financial development and economics. As opportunities and resources become widely available across the region, trademark applicants wishing to protect their intellectual property will have more questions.

The experts discuss the challenges of relying on well-known marks in the continent, explore the pan-African legal developments that companies should be aware of, and consider the common mistakes that trademark owners may encounter.

About Adams & Adams

Adams & Adams is an internationally recognised and leading African law firm that specialises in providing intellectual property, corporate and commercial services.

The firm is firmly rooted in Africa – with a tenacious belief in the economic growth potential and spirit of the continent. The head office in Pretoria, the administrative capital of South Africa, provides the perfect gateway through which its partners, supported by some 700 professionals and staff, render a broad range of legal services to clients in Africa and the rest of the world.

Through its associate offices and long-established networks, the firm serves a global client base throughout the African continent in matters of intellectual property, commercial law, property and litigation.

In 2021, experts from Adams & Adams co-produced a popular three-part podcast series on the IP enforcement of pharma in Africa.

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