With over 50 countries and surrounding islands, registering a trade mark across Africa can feel overwhelming.

In this webinar we will provide a practical and straightforward approach to filing and enforcement across the African continent, pin-pointing the issues and essential areas to consider along the way.

Our speakers will cover the key considerations to best develop a robust trade mark filing strategy. As well as how to manage the many regional organisations (OAPI and ARIPO) and international registrations.

The session will round up with an update on key trade mark licensing, enforcement and anti-counterfeiting measures across the continent.

This webinar supports skill set 1: IP Prosecution and validity of the Advanced Competency Framework.

Learning outcomes

  • Understand the importance of trade mark registration in Africa
  • Learn how to best manage the individual regional organisations and international registrations
  • Ensure you’re up to date on enforcement and anti-counterfeiting measures

Meet your speakers

Matthew Costard, Spoor & Fisher

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Matthew is a Director of Spoor & Fisher Jersey and head of the trade mark prosecutions team. Matthew has over 30 years of experience in handling trade mark formalities and prosecution matters. He oversees the management of the African and Caribbean trade mark portfolios for several global corporates.




Duncan Maguire, Spoor & Fisher

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Duncan is a Director of Spoor & Fisher Jersey. He has an LLB degree and is an Attorney of the High Court of South Africa.

Duncan is a trademark and copyright lawyer with 17 years of experience advising clients on trademark and copyright matters across Africa and the Caribbean. He specialises in international trademark litigation including advertising objections, company name objections, domain name disputes, copyright infringement, unlawful competition, passing off and anti-counterfeiting. 

He also handles international trademark filing, registration and prosecution matters. His client portfolio includes, among others, global brand owners from the food & beverage, finance, pharmaceutical, fashion and oil & gas industry sectors.


  • Member £0 (VAT exempt) 
  • Non-member £30 (VAT exempt) 

To note:

  • Payment online via debit or credit card only; proforma invoices are not available.
  • Full terms and conditions apply.
  • Closing date: 12pm, Tuesday 23rd January