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A recent South African court decision neatly summarises some of the major issues that need to be considered when comparing trade marks in South Africa.
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This judgment will therefore be very useful for laymen and non-IP specialists.
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The African Regional Intellectual Property Organization's ("ARIPO's") amended Harare Protocol on Patents and Industrial Designs (the "Protocol"), came into effect on 1 January 2017 and includes some important changes.
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Late last year, the South African Supreme Court of Appeal ("SCA") handed down an important trade mark judgment in Yuppiechef Holdings (Pty) Ltd v Yuppie Gadgets Holdings (Pty) Ltd.
KISCH IP
Malaria is an illness of particular concern in sub-Saharan Africa with 88% of malaria cases occurring here and contributing to 90% of global malaria deaths.
KISCH IP
A better strategy is to actively engage such users and request, amicably, that the use of the trade mark be stopped or limited- after all your consumers are on your team and are your biggest supporters.
KISCH IP
The importance of an Intellectual Property (IP) Valuation for any business cannot be underestimated and should play an integral role when considering best business practice.
ENSafrica
This all suggests that company directors will be required to take a long-term and big-picture view of their IP assets, and the impacts that these assets might have on others.
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"The Trump Organization also earns income by licensing the Trump name to building developers around the world." – BBC news site in an article entitled "What conflicts of interest could Donald Trump have?"
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The latest high-profile decision on shape trade marks, the Rubik's cube case, once again highlights the difficulties involved in seeking to protect product shapes through trade mark law.
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Two US trade mark cases have dominated the headlines, and one of these has made it all the way to the US Supreme Court.
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Trade mark law may be contained in statutes, but judges are the ones who interpret the statutes.
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The IPCF reflects the DTI's views on South Africa's IP policy position in the form of a consultative instrument.
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Another day, another failed colour trade mark application. But there may be some lessons to be learned from a recent Australian decision.
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There's been a great deal of litigation around the trade mark ClearVu – passing-off proceedings before the High Court, an appeal from that judgment to the Supreme Court of Appeal, and proceedings before the ASA.
ENSafrica
There's a great deal of uncertainty surrounding the South African Advertising Standards Authority ("ASA") right now.
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It certainly says a great deal about the continent's growing economic importance.
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Recent trade mark decisions in Europe highlight just how difficult it can be to protect colour through trade mark law.
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Two recent high-profile cases involving popular songs have placed the spotlight on copyright issues.
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2016 has been a busy year for IP on the African continent, with developments in Liberia, the Cayman Islands, South Africa, Zambia and Namibia, among others.
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KISCH IP
The importance of an Intellectual Property (IP) Valuation for any business cannot be underestimated and should play an integral role when considering best business practice.
KISCH IP
Malaria is an illness of particular concern in sub-Saharan Africa with 88% of malaria cases occurring here and contributing to 90% of global malaria deaths.
KISCH IP
A better strategy is to actively engage such users and request, amicably, that the use of the trade mark be stopped or limited- after all your consumers are on your team and are your biggest supporters.
ENSafrica
This all suggests that company directors will be required to take a long-term and big-picture view of their IP assets, and the impacts that these assets might have on others.
ENSafrica
"The Trump Organization also earns income by licensing the Trump name to building developers around the world." – BBC news site in an article entitled "What conflicts of interest could Donald Trump have?"
ENSafrica
There's been a great deal of litigation around the trade mark ClearVu – passing-off proceedings before the High Court, an appeal from that judgment to the Supreme Court of Appeal, and proceedings before the ASA.
ENSafrica
There's a great deal of uncertainty surrounding the South African Advertising Standards Authority ("ASA") right now.
ENSafrica
The latest high-profile decision on shape trade marks, the Rubik's cube case, once again highlights the difficulties involved in seeking to protect product shapes through trade mark law.
ENSafrica
It certainly says a great deal about the continent's growing economic importance.
ENSafrica
The Supreme Court of Appeal recently handed down judgment in the case of Attachmate Corporation v Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs (20 May 2015).
ENSafrica
In South Africa, the Advertising Standards Authority ("ASA") is often used as a forum for trade mark-style disputes.
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A Chinese court recently ordered a Chinese company that had blatantly infringed one of the world's better known trade marks to pay significant damages to the trade mark owner.
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