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Authors of copyright protectable works retain certain rights …

By |January 16th, 2023|

The issue of relinquishing copyright ownership in an original piece of writing, an artwork or a musical composition is a complex and delicate issue. Fortunately, South African law provides

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Flying under the radar: What are stealth trade mark applications?

By |December 14th, 2022|

Trade mark protection is crucial for any brand owner, but it can sometimes create practical difficulties from a business perspective. When new trade mark applications are published by registries,

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Preventing genericide: Saving your trade mark from falling prey to the public domain

By |December 1st, 2022|

Videotape, Escalator, Trampoline, Laundromat[1]. What do all of these words have in common? They were all once legally protectable trade marks which, due to the way in which they

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Regulator sanctions influencers over Lotto adverts – Comedians do not get the last laugh after failing to disclose that Twitter posts were paid advertising

By |November 1st, 2022|

The Advertising and Regulatory Board (ARB) recently handed down a decision holding that the videos posted by comedians Skhumba Hlophe and Celeste Ntuli had breached the code on South

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A second bite at the (appeal) cherry, In Thermos Hong Kong Limited v Doshi Ironmongers Limited

By |October 21st, 2022|

In Thermos Hong Kong Limited v Doshi Ironmongers Limited (Civil Appeal (Application) E013 of 2021) [2022] KECA 544 (KLR), the Kenyan Court of Appeal had to determine whether a party

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ZAMBIA LAUNCHES ELECTRONIC TRADE MARK REGISTRATION CERTIFICATES FROM 1 SEPTEMBER 2022

By |September 14th, 2022|

Patents & Companies Registration Agency (PACRA) issued a public notice of 23 August 2022, announcing that effective from 1 September 2022, the Zambian Registry will only issue electronic trade mark

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Parody in South Africa: addressing the Hippo in the room

By |September 7th, 2022|

A recent advertising parody has caused quite a stir at the watering hole, and left consumers questioning whether Hippo.co.za may have been out of line. The advert, which has already garnered

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Adams’ Anti-Counterfeiting Team deals another blow to manufacturers of counterfeit engine lubricant and oil products

By |August 12th, 2022|

After thorough investigations by the firm’s internal private investigators, the Anti-Counterfeiting Team of Adams & Adams recently collaborated with the HAWKS (SAPS) in two provinces to clamp down on

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Partial Patent Waiver for COVID-19 vaccines

By |August 2nd, 2022|

Participating countries attending the 12th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, Switzerland reached an agreement on 17 June 2022 to partially waive intellectual property restrictions

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