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04-26-2017 (Newsletter Issue 8/17)
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Trade Marks Office in Congo Currently Closed

The Intellectual Property Office in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is currently closed due to political and civil unrest in Kinshasa. An umbrella group of opposition parties, known as the Rassemblement (“Rally”) has called for a general strike, the so-called “Ghost town operation”, to apply pressure on President Joseph Kabila to enter into negotiations surrounding a power-sharing deal and to permit elections to take place later in the year.

It is anticipated that situations of unrest will continue to arise intermittently during the course of the year and leading up to the scheduled elections.