Geographical Indications (GIs) identify the geographical provenance of a product, where the given quality, reputation or other characteristic of the good is essentially attributable to its geographical origin. On a continent with abundant biodiversity and genetic resources, GIs hold tremendous prospects for the future.
At IPvocate Africa, we have in mind the big picture. Our advice considers both domestic legislations and the impact of international agreements. We provide comprehensive services on GIs, bringing together expertise on trade mark and the agricultural sector. Whether you are a private or government client, we accompany you every step of the way.
We will conduct searches and due diligence. We analyse and prepare applications. We register GIs and ensure timely renewals. Once secured, we ensure that your rights are protected against third-party infringement and passing-off actions. Through our partners, we have the capacity to represent you in front of administrations and in courts all over Africa. We are experienced in negotiating and preparing commercial agreements, such as acquisitions, licensing and franchising.