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Amendments to Trademark Laws

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Apr 02, 2020 (Newsletter Issue 5/20)
Tanzania
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Zanzibar’s IP Practice Changed


Zanzibar’s Business and Property Registration Agency (BPRA) has introduced several amendments:

- An Online Registration System (ORS) has been put in place in Tanzania (Tanganyika). However, the systems are limited to Business Entities, Secured Transactions on Movable Property and Information Services.
- Authorized agent needs now to be an individual person within a law firm which is authorized to practice law in Zanzibar. It is relevant to note that powers of attorney must be prescribed in the name of said individual agent.
- Filing numbers are allocated from two to three working days after filing the application whether before this allocation was made at the moment of filing, namely when the filing receipt was issued. However, it should be noted that due to the existing backlog at the IPO it might delay this period of 2/3 working days for a couple of weeks.
- BPRA is now publishing its own trademark’s Journal. The publication shall be available for every month from 1st March, 2020 which will be available through the BPRA website www.bpra.go.tz


Source: www.inventa.com; www.bpra.go.tz