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By Tyrone Walker
The Advertising Standards Authority ("ASA") recently handed down a decision where a consumer laid a complaint against a restaurant located in the East Rand.
By Hans Muhlaberg
An issue that comes up quite often in trade mark law is this: can the owner of a trade mark registration stop someone else from using their own name to identify their product or business?
By Hans Muhlaberg
A discussion on t he decision of the KZN High Court in the case of Distell v KZN Wines & Spirits.
By Hans Muhlaberg
A discussion on a rare trade mark decision from the Eastern Cape High Court recently.
By Hans Muhlaberg
Last week the European Court ruled that the word PAKI can’t be registered as a trade mark.
By Hans Muhlaberg
Companies often take what are basically trade mark issues to the ASA because it’s quick and cheap.
By Hans Muhlaberg
The Competition Tribunal recently gave its approval to the SA leg of Nestle’s acquisition of Pfizer’s infant nutrition business.
By Hans Muhlaberg
Beyoncé and Jay-Z have applied to register their daughter’s name as a trade mark for baby products within a month of the child’s birth.
By Hans Muhlaberg
BMW had sued Grandmark, a company that is a major supplier of replacement parts, in other words vehicle parts that aren't manufactured by the vehicle manufacturers themselves but rather by independent companies, and that often cost a fraction of the price of the originals.
By Hans Muhlaberg
Trade mark law is essentially about preventing consumer confusion.
By Hans Muhlaberg
A discussion relating to a case where Pepkor was accused of infringing Adidas's three-stripe trade mark registrations by selling four-stripe trainers.
By Hans Muhlaberg
A discussion focussing on the BBC's failure to stop Collins from spilling the beans about being the Stig of Top Gear in his biography.
By Hans Muhlaberg
Cell C's trade mark applications for its new logo have been refused, although these aren't final refusals and further steps are possible.
By Hans Muhlaberg
A discussion on the differences between trade mark and patent lawyers.
By Hans Muhlaberg
A discussion which focuses on the issue of what is required for something to be counterfeit.