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One of the main drivers behind copyright law is to promote the development of art and culture.
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Micro-organisms, although the subject matter of patent applications from as early as 1873 internationally, are fast becoming a focus area in South African local patent practice.
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South Africa, being blessed with an abundance in natural resources, naturally, sees its fair share of patent applications directed towards a process or apparatus for producing a product.
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A recent decision involving registered designs is a reminder of how useful design law can be, in the sense that it can be used to protect an almost limitless range of products.
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A highly unusual thing about Google, which according to Brand Finance has now become the world's most valuable brand (USD109.4-billion), is that it is seemingly able to defy the rule...
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We've written a fair bit about copyright recently, and much of our focus has been on how the digital age has brought about a marked change in attitude towards copyright (often bordering on ignorance)...
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The Copyright Amendment Bill was first published in 2015 for public comment, and was predominantly met with a large amount of criticism.
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The relevant Act that governs and regulates labelling of wine products is the Liquor Products Act 60 of 1989 ("the LPA").
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A parallel import (also referred to as "grey goods") is a genuine product which is imported from another country without the consent of the Intellectual Property right owner.
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Nestlé, the Swiss confectionary company, may need to follow its KitKat slogan and take a break from its ten-year battle with Cadbury to get the particular shape of its four-fingered chocolate bar...
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With the release of the much-anticipated live action superhero movie starring Gal Gadot, Wonder Woman is in the limelight as never before.
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As anyone who's interested in trade mark law knows, it is possible to protect product shapes through trade mark registrations, but it isn't easy. In some countries, it's particularly difficult...
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These stories, such as the ones below, often make the points far better than we ever could.
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Copyright is a highly important area of IP law.
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CONGRATULATIONS you have manufactured a new craft beer and people love it!
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The term "biopiracy" was coined to refer to the appropriation of plants and traditional knowledge by corporations and other entities for their own financial gain.
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While the Madrid system in Africa may not function as effectively as it does in other parts of the world, there is certainly progress being made on implementing laws and streamlining procedures...
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An increasing number of African companies do business in the Far East, and many of them register their trade marks in the region's major markets.
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The fundamental requirement for trade mark protection through registration is, of course, distinctiveness and this excludes many of the names that companies opt to protect.
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CONGRATULATIONS you have manufactured a new craft beer and people love it!
ENSafrica
As anyone who's interested in trade mark law knows, it is possible to protect product shapes through trade mark registrations, but it isn't easy. In some countries, it's particularly difficult...
ENSafrica
These stories, such as the ones below, often make the points far better than we ever could.
KISCH IP
Nestlé, the Swiss confectionary company, may need to follow its KitKat slogan and take a break from its ten-year battle with Cadbury to get the particular shape of its four-fingered chocolate bar...
KISCH IP
The relevant Act that governs and regulates labelling of wine products is the Liquor Products Act 60 of 1989 ("the LPA").
ENSafrica
The fundamental requirement for trade mark protection through registration is, of course, distinctiveness and this excludes many of the names that companies opt to protect.
KISCH IP
With the release of the much-anticipated live action superhero movie starring Gal Gadot, Wonder Woman is in the limelight as never before.
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A parallel import (also referred to as "grey goods") is a genuine product which is imported from another country without the consent of the Intellectual Property right owner.
ENSafrica
Copyright is a highly important area of IP law.
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Whilst it is difficult to obtain statutory trade mark protection for shape trade marks it is not impossible.
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In 2014, a South African court convicted Paralympian Oscar Pistorius of culpable homicide (manslaughter), following the shooting of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, and he was given...
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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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