Piracy and copyright infringement on the increase in Namibia

Piracy and copyright infringement on the increase in Namibia

Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development, Gabriel Sinimbo says despite progress made in research and innovation to advance intellectual property awareness, piracy remains a problem.
Namibia has so far registered 924 trademark applications with the Business and Intellectual Property Authority of Namibia (BIPA) from about 3 038 last year.
BIPA has also conferred copyright status to 190 businesses from 204 applications while 37 patterns from 64 submissions for approval were certified.