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ENSafrica
Every now and then, a dispute comes along that adds an extraordinary amount to the law. One such dispute is the Clearvu trade mark case.
ENSafrica
A South African judgment dealing with joint ownership of copyright in databases has recently come to light. The judgment was handed down almost a year ago, but it seems to have slipped under the radar.
KISCH IP
In recent times the international political arena has been fraught with alleged intellectual property violations – Eminem successfully sued the New Zealand National Party for infringing the copyright in his hit track "Lose Yourself".
KISCH IP
Following your search, you locate an engineering draughtsman with the requisite skills that is willing to prepare technical drawings and build the prototype.
KISCH IP
It can easily be said that the year 2017 was wholly enveloped by the far-reaching fad of the fidget spinner
KISCH IP
The law around ownership of the copyright subsisting in databases where two independent parties contributed to the final work.
KISCH IP
The Apple Store launched in July 2008 and made available to iOS users some 800 applications ("Apps") to download. As of March 2017, this number had increased to 2.2 million.
ENSafrica
The issue of offensive trade marks has been in the news quite a bit of late. Now, the European trade mark authorities have considered whether Brexit, the term used to describe the UK's departure...
ENSafrica
In this article, we look at two recent trade mark opposition decisions. These remind us of the many issues that need to be considered when comparing trade marks.
KISCH IP
Counterfeit is an ongoing problem but never more prevalent than during the festive season. And, with our struggling economy, we expect to feel it even more this year.
KISCH IP
Somewhere in hangar in a Highveld town in South Africa dreams are being turned into reality. Jonker Sailplanes has its home in Potchefstroom...
Dennemeyer Group
South Africa has a depository patent system, which means that patent applications made to the South African patent office are merely examined for compliance with the requisite formalities...
KISCH IP
Counterfeit is an ongoing problem but never more prevalent than during the festive season. And, with our struggling economy, we expect to feel it even more this year.
KISCH IP
If life were to hand you lemons, just for a minute, imagine what you would do. Some may reach for the tequila, whilst many would make lemonade.
KISCH IP
A soliloquy in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet once posed a vitally important question which can be applied when weighing up the importance of a name and trade mark.
KISCH IP
This is the kind of case that makes the lives of intellectual property attorneys really interesting.
ENSafrica
South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal has handed down an important trade mark judgment.
ENSafrica
The recent spat between Yoko Ono and a Polish drinks company highlights the importance of registering trade marks.
KISCH IP
In allowing an understanding of, and anticipating these disruptions patent data provides a critical source of information.
ENSafrica
If we keep writing about it, it's because it keeps happening. I refer here to trade mark infringement claims that make the news for all the wrong reasons – claims that attract shock and ridicule and evoke...
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KISCH IP
25 May 2016 is celebrated as AFRICA DAY and marks the formation of the African Union, which is extra special this year with the body marking its golden jubilee.
ENSafrica
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.
KISCH IP
Somewhere in hangar in a Highveld town in South Africa dreams are being turned into reality. Jonker Sailplanes has its home in Potchefstroom...
KISCH IP
The law around ownership of the copyright subsisting in databases where two independent parties contributed to the final work.
KISCH IP
Trade secrets are a form of intellectual property which can be broadly described as information which is known only by a particular business and is used by that business to obtain an advantage over its competitors.
ENSafrica
The issue of offensive trade marks has been in the news quite a bit of late. Now, the European trade mark authorities have considered whether Brexit, the term used to describe the UK's departure...
ENSafrica
In this article, we look at two recent trade mark opposition decisions. These remind us of the many issues that need to be considered when comparing trade marks.
KISCH IP
In UB40's case, the band was hugely popular in the 80's and 90's and they remained together for a staggering 29 years.
KISCH IP
In September 2014, Eight-Mile Style, the publisher of Eminem's "lose yourself" song filed legal proceedings against New Zealand's National party, claiming copyright infringement of Eminem's Grammy...
ENSafrica
In addition to registering their trade marks with the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission ("CIPC"), brand owners should ensure that their trade marks are protected online.
KISCH IP
The relevant Act that governs and regulates labelling of wine products is the Liquor Products Act 60 of 1989 ("the LPA").
KISCH IP
The Apple Store launched in July 2008 and made available to iOS users some 800 applications ("Apps") to download. As of March 2017, this number had increased to 2.2 million.
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