Intellectual property law deals with the protection of creativity and innovation. Zimbabwean law recognises a number of intellectual property rights that require formal registration in the Zimbabwe Intellectual Property Office (ZIPO) or the African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO) or under the Madrid International Trademark System (Madrid System) before such rights can be protected and enforced against third parties in Zimbabwe.
On 13 March 2017 the Ministry of Justice Legal and Parliamentary Affairs published the Trade Marks (Madrid Protocol) Regulations 2017 (Statutory Instrument 39 of 2017) (hereinafter Madrid Regulations). The delay in the publication of the Madrid Regulations, even though Zimbabwe became a party to the Madrid Protocol on 11 March 2015 and domesticated the Madrid [...]
Honey & Blanckenberg is proud to be associated with ARIPO’s success from its inception as a regional registrant of intellectual property rights and to have sponsored the 40th anniversary commemoration dinner. ARIPO has over the years played a critical role in not only raising awareness of the economic value of intellectual property in Africa but [...]