The Registrar of Industrial Property in Botswana recently issued a communiqué stating that, due to a restructuring of the IP office and staff cutbacks, hearings for trade mark oppositions and cancellations have been suspended until further notice. According to the communiqué, the Companies and Intellectual Property Authority (CIPA) envisages a Trademarks Tribunal to handle such hearings in the future but is, in the meantime, working on an interim arrangement.

Interested parties can still lodge opposition and cancellation applications, but can expect delays in having their cases heard.