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MS celebrates World IP Day

IP lawyers from MawereSibanda attended this year’s event which was hosted by the African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO) at the ARIPO headquarters in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Deeds Registry to Introduce New E-filing System

Zimbabwe’s Deeds Registries Amendment Act came into force on 23 June 2017. It provides for the establishment of an electronic filing system and registry. Get your FREE 1-page download of our 5 Fast Facts About E-Registry when you sign up for our monthly bulletin.

Real Estate |

Bond Notes: What the Legal Experts Are Saying

On the 31st of October 2016 the President of Zimbabwe passed the Presidential Powers (Temporary Measures) Amendment of Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Act and Issue of Bond Notes) Regulations, Statutory Instrument 133 of 2016 (SI 133 of 2016). The purpose of  the legislation was to provide a legal framework for the introduction of the much […]

5 Tips to Avoid Copyright Infringement Online

In Zimbabwe, copyright exists without registration provided that the right exists within the provisions of the Copyright and Neighboring Rights Act [Chapter 26:05] (the Act). Once it is established that the work concerned falls within the parameters of copyright protection, the copyright owner does not need to take a further step. Works which are eligible […]

Can you copyright your brilliant business idea?

Intellectual property is a complex area of law and also one of the most misunderstood. In Zimbabwe, our sources of copyright law are the Copyright and Neighbouring Rights Act [Chapter 26:05] and various court decisions where the meaning, nature and scope of copyright are defined. At a recent IP event held in Harare, Zimbabwe, the following scenario was […]

Arbitration in Africa: A Review of Key Jurisdictions

Rapid growth in commercial transactions in Africa has increased the need for alternatives to litigation – this the gap that arbitration fills, providing an effective and enforceable method of dispute resolution while saving businesses time and money. Arbitration in Africa: A Review of Key Jurisdictions is an exploration of the processes and issues surrounding arbitration in […]

Record-Breaking: INTA Annual Meeting 2016 Highlights

The International Trademark Association’s (INTA) 138th meeting saw record-breaking numbers with over 10,000 registrants this year. Trademark lawyers from around the world gathered at this year’s annual meeting The annual meeting, which is a strategic networking opportunity for trademark lawyers around the world, took place on May 21 – May 25, 2016. The head of […]

M&A activity hots up in Africa as investors bet on growth

Concerns on the scale of the Ebola crisis, current levels of political unrest and plunging commodity prices would have sent investors rushing out of Africa not long ago. But deal-making in the sub-Saharan region is buoyant as most investors set aside short-term worries and bet big on the continent’s growth prospects. “Africa is on the […]

Corporate Advisory |

The challenges and opportunities of doing business in Africa

Doing business in Africa provides unique challenges and endless opportunities. With fewer conflicts and economic growth rates that are now competitive with those of other developing regions, Africa has experienced positive change and has a substantial amount to offer. However, the business environment, including social, economic, legal and political, is complex and doing business in […]

Infrastructure |

Capital spending on infrastructure too slow to spur growth

INVESTMENTS in infrastructure, particularly by public-sector institutions, will have to be ramped up by a large margin if ambitions to grow South Africa’s economy are to be realised. Gross fixed capital formation, a measure of investment spending, grew by just 3.1% during the fourth quarter of last year, a disappointing drop from 7% growth in […]

Collecting Tax in Africa

KIERAN HOLMES’S early career in the Irish revenue service had not fully prepared him to take over as chief tax collector in Burundi, one of central Africa’s poorest countries. One of his first tasks was learning to use a pistol: getting companies to file returns in a country more accustomed to conflict and corruption can […]

Tax |

Private equity in Africa

HOUSED until recently behind a German beer garden in a shopping mall, Namibia’s stockmarket has just a handful of actively traded stocks. Its low profile is not unusual for Africa: the continent’s public markets are mostly small and illiquid. That is not the only reason why entrepreneurs find it hard to raise capital. Pension schemes, […]

Corporate Advisory |

Labour Law: What constitutes a valid resignation?

It has become a common phenomenon that employees terminate their contracts of employment by tendering in their resignations. It has also become common occurrence that after an employee has terminated his/her employment contract by resigning the same employee either attempts to withdraw the resignation or starts to claim that his/her resignation is not valid as […]

Employment Law |

No Fault Termination – The Zimbabwean Story

Most employers in Zimbabwe look forward to a day when they can terminate an employee’s contract of employment without having to give any reasons. Well that day seems to come and go. This is largely due to the inconsistency in the application of the law by our courts. Following the decision by the Supreme Court […]

Employment Law |

Scrambling for Africa – International Business and Future Practice of Law on the Continent

Progressively, international business is making inroads into Africa with a view to tapping into the African economy. This of course is no surprise as collectively, Africa’s markets continued to grow notwithstanding the 2008 global financial crisis which saw the economies of Europe and the USA contract and or otherwise remain in a state of stagnation. […]

Corporate Advisory |

Demutualization of stock exchanges: the legal pros

Globally, stock exchanges are transforming their corporate governance structures through demutualization due to the globally competitive environment that is characteristic of the 21st century. The very first stock exchange to demutualise was the Stockholm Stock Exchange in 1993. Thereafter, like a domino effect, the trend towards demutualization spread rapidly with exchanges in Canada (Toronto Stock […]

Choosing a trademark

In the last article in this ongoing series on trademarks, we looked at why it is important for your business to register a trademark as well as the advantages attached to registering a trademark. In part 3 of this ongoing series, we will discuss how you can go about choosing a trademark. The most important […]

Intellectual Property |