New trade mark legislation in Zambia – The Trade Marks Bill 2022
Zambia has published the Trade Marks Bill 2022 (‘the Bill’) that will, when passed, fundamentally change Zambian trade mark law. It should be noted that it is unclear what stage this bill has reached in parliament.
As anyone who has filed trade marks in Zambia will know, a legislative update is long overdue. The present Zambian trade marks legislation, the Trade Marks Act (Chapter 401) 1958, is more than 60 years old, and it is based on the UK Trade Marks Act 1938. What the new bill does is present something that will seem familiar to anyone who is involved in trade mark law.
Below is a summary of the stand-out features of the Bill, followed by a more detailed look at some of the other provisions. Read more