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By Reggie Dlamini
When choosing a trade mark businesses often prefer descriptive marks that inform consumers about the nature or purpose of a product.
By Louise Myburgh
The Supreme Court of Appeal has recently handed down a judgment in terms of which Pepkor was interdicted from infringing the well-known adidas THREE STRIPE trademark.
By Eben Van Wyk, John Foster
An appeal by the Foschini Group, the proprietor in South Africa of the trade mark DUE SOUTH in various classes, to overturn a decision by the Registrar of Trade Marks to accept applications by Jan Frederick Coetzee for registration of the trade mark DUE-SOUTH & DEVICE in classes 16, 29, 30 and 41 was recently dismissed by the North Gauteng High Court.
By Spoor & Fisher
Following a comprehensive review of the existing trade mark laws of the British Virgin Islands, we await the publication of the Proclamation in the Government Gazette to implement the new Trade Marks Act, 2013.
By Spoor & Fisher
The struggle of right against might forms the central pillar of the "Lion King" story but while this may be familiar to millions of children around the globe, the real-world struggle for justice that arose from the animated blockbuster is less well-known outside of the intellectual property law community.
By Charles Webster
Defining what constitutes a trade mark can be difficult, especially when dealing with unusual trade marks such as single colours, sounds and scents, which explains the need for specialist trade mark attorneys.
By Wayne Meiring
A discussion on the new trade mark law in Ethiopia.
By Wayne Meiring
The Ethiopian Intellectual Property Office has since issued Directives which have clarified a number of key issues regarding the new trade mark law that came into effect on 24 December 2012.
By Spoor & Fisher
The IP survey conducted by Managing Intellectual Property is described as the industry’s "biggest, oldest and most detailed analysis of the leading patent firms worldwide."
By Megan Reimers, Chavern Ismail
A discussion on the impact of baby food regulation on the trademark owners in South Africa.
By Runaaz Dawood
Following its decision to acceded to the Madrid Protocol in 2006, Botswana enacted The Industrial Property Act No.8 of 2010, that came into force on 1 September 2012, in order to provide protection for trade marks designated under the International Registration system.
By Chris Walters
A new, orthodox, trade mark regime for the registration and enforcement of trade mark rights was brought into force by the Proclamation Regulation in Ethiopia.
By Spoor & Fisher
The long awaited implementing Regulations needed to give effect to the 2006 Trademark Registration and Protection Proclamation in Ethiopia have at last been published.
By Craig Kahn, Margaret Le Galle
The Kingdom of Morocco deposited it’s instrument of acceptance of the termination of the London Act of the Hague Agreement with WIPO on 4 December 2012.
By Spoor & Fisher
A new scale of official fees has been introduced by the Moroccan Industrial Property Office (OMPIC) with effect from 1 October 2012.