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By Nicholas Watermeyer
This report by Von Seidels highlights some of the latest inventions in the tech field recently published in the South African Patent Journal, including electronic, mobile, software and IT related patents.
By Ralph van Niekerk
For some time there has been a raging debate between those who argue for and against lengthening the term of copyright. On the one side are creators and owners of original content who shudder at the thought of their copyrighted works falling into the public domain and becoming free for all to use. They argue that strong copyright laws encourage the creation of new works.
By Ralph van Niekerk
The Incentive Theory is the most popular explanation for why the patent system is a good thing for society. According to the Incentive Theory, innovating is inherently risky and expensive and so we need to provide incentives to encourage innovation.
By Christine Strutt
South African Court says competitors may continue to bid on each other's trade marks as Google Adwords
By Christine Strutt
The central European Trade Marks office (‘OHIM’) have announced that as from 24 November 2014, trade mark applicants will be able to ‘fast-track’ European Community Trade Mark applications.
By Jak Erasmus (under the supervision of Érik van der Vyver)
This report by Von Seidels highlights some of the latest inventions in the tech field recently published in the South African Patent Journal, including electronic, mobile, software and IT related patents.
By Ralph van Niekerk
In the culmination of a widely followed case, on 1 October 2014 the Supreme Court of Appeal ordered the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) to repay Mark Shuttleworth over R250 million plus interest.
By Jak Erasmus (under the supervision of Érik van der Vyver)
This report, by Von Seidels, highlights some of the latest inventions in the tech field (including electronic, mobile, mechanical, software/IT) recently published in the South African Patent Journal
By Ilne Grobler
Pharmaceutical companies typically invest substantial amounts of money into research and development. Their research, however, is not only aimed at discovering new active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs).
By Claire Brown
Further to our Ethiopia update in March this year (and notification in 2013) reporting that the Ethiopian Intellectual Property Office ("EIPO") had issued new trademark Directives which came into effect on 24 December 2012, the EIPO has now published a further update.
By Jak Erasmus (under the supervision of Érik van der Vyver)
This report, by Von Seidels, highlights some of the latest inventions in the tech field (including electronic, mobile, mechanical, software/IT) recently published in the South African Patent Journal.
By Linde Steyn
The Draft Western Cape Liquor Amendment Bill was recently published for public comment.
By Jak Erasmus (under the supervision of Érik van der Vyver)
People often ask how they can obtain copyright. The answer is simple – they need do nothing, it comes into existence by itself.
By Sandra Clelland, Claire Brown
The Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe will become the 19th member state of ARIPO on 19 August 2014.
By Ralph van Niekerk, Nick Pemberton
The Reserve Bank’s Financial Surveillance Department has recently issued a circular amending the exchange control rules.