Department beefs up enforcement of Regulations

By |2022-09-15T08:48:55+00:00August 14th, 2022|Adams & Adams, Articles|

It has been just under a month since the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development released a directive warning that certain meat analogue products are in contravention of local regulations relating to the packaging and labelling of processed meat products in SA (Regulation 1283 of 2019) in that they bear product names

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

By |2022-09-15T08:49:25+00:00August 12th, 2022|Adams & Adams, Articles|

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 syndicates dealing in counterfeit engine lubricant and oil products. In the first operation in Gauteng, the team managed to identify and take down a manufacturing facility

Partial Patent Waiver for COVID-19 vaccines

By |2022-09-15T08:49:55+00:00August 2nd, 2022|Adams & Adams, Articles|

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 on the manufacture and production of COVID-19 vaccines for the next five years. The partial waiver provides that developing nations may authorise the use of

A token Approach – Web3 domains

By |2022-07-12T11:01:08+00:00June 10th, 2022|Adams & Adams, Articles|

Since 2021, we have seen the rise and rise of NFTs (non-fungible tokens). The NFT boom has been powered by the sale of NFT artwork, the first-ever tweet on Twitter and even popular memes, which have all fetched a pretty penny. The hype following the minting and sale of some NFTs has also brought

Cosmetic on the face of it? Patentability of methods of cosmetic treatment practiced on the human body in South Africa

By |2022-06-10T12:18:28+00:00May 27th, 2022|Adams & Adams, Articles|

South Africa, just like many other countries, has a set of legal provisions pertaining to subject matter for which patent protection may not be obtained. For example, and relevant for present purposes, in terms of section 25(11) of the South African Patents Act (“the Act”), inventions which are directed to methods of treatment on

Jailed for being a blabbermouth – what you need to know about trade secrets

By |2022-06-08T09:11:08+00:00May 25th, 2022|Adams & Adams, Articles|

It is no secret that trade secrets are very valuable intellectual property on which a business empire can be built. Simply look at KFC’s classified blend of eleven herbs and spices; Coca-Cola’s famously secret recipe; Google’s search algorithm; or any well-known perfume. Almost like the plot of a great spy film, trade secrets, their

A positive step for the Border Management Authority

By |2022-05-09T13:23:59+00:00May 9th, 2022|Adams & Adams, Articles|

It is a well-known fact that counterfeit and illicit goods trade is causing an immeasurable harm to an already struggling South African economy. In 2019, his excellence President Cyril Ramaphosa in particular acknowledged the severe negative impact that this phenomenon has on the local economy and pledged that government would do more in an

The Metaverse and trade marks – new world, same rules?

By |2022-05-09T13:19:22+00:00May 9th, 2022|Adams & Adams, Articles, Guides|

In October 2021, Meta shared a video on YouTube entitled “The Metaverse and How We’ll Build It Together — Connect 2021”.[1] Around this time, the company also announced its rebranding from Facebook to Meta.[2] The new company name seemingly signifies its focus on building the Metaverse. In the said video, Mark Zuckerberg refers to “an embodied

The tea on NFT’s, IP and Web 3

By |2022-04-19T09:37:37+00:00April 4th, 2022|Adams & Adams, Articles|

In a contentious shift towards a decentralised “Web3”, NFTs have been all the craze of late. NFT is an acronym for “non-fungible token”. Simply put, an NFT is a digitally stored asset in which the subject can vary from art to music and all forms of media in-between. The co-founder of Twitter has gone

Matter over mind – The advisability of concluding agreements in writing re-emphasised

By |2022-04-19T09:38:29+00:00April 4th, 2022|Adams & Adams, Articles|

In a recent ruling relating to the well-known “Please Call Me” (PCM) case, the Gauteng Provincial Division of the High Court, in Pretoria, has ordered the defendant to go back to the drawing board and recalculate the amount of compensation that it believes should be paid to the plaintiff, being a former employee who

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