ZAMBIA LAUNCHES ELECTRONIC TRADE MARK REGISTRATION CERTIFICATES FROM 1 SEPTEMBER 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
Ambush marketing and the 2022 Rugby World Cup Sevens
Ambush marketing and the 2022 Rugby World Cup Sevens With the upcoming Rugby World Cup Sevens being hosted at the Cape Town Stadium (purpose built for the 2010 FIFA
I scream, You scream, we all scream for Iceland
What are the boundaries when it comes to registering the name of a place, country, city or town as a trade mark? This is the question that the Grand
SOUTH AFRICA: COPYRIGHT AMENDMENT BILL
On 12 May 2022, the Constitutional Court heard argument on whether it should confirm the 2021 Gauteng High Court ruling (in the matter of Blind SA v. Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition
Choosing a ‘good’ trade mark (a lawyer’s take)
Thinking of a new brand name? There is a chance that the name you are thinking of using for your new business might not be protectable or that the
Important trade mark and passing-off finding: Cairns Foods Limited v Netrade Marketing (PTY) Ltd
This is an appeal decision relating to Cairns Foods Limited and Netrade Marketing, two companies in the business of producing and marketing food products, in particular, fruit jam. Cairns
South Africa – The Value of a Patent in South Africa (Bayer Intellectual Property GmbH et al v Austell Pharmaceuticals (Pty) Ltd 20 May 2021 CCP
On 20 May 2021, the South African Patents Court confirmed the rights of a patentee in interim interdict proceedings in circumstances where the patent claim included a non-essential integer.
South Africa – Agriculture: False and/or Misleading Trade Descriptions that are Registered as Trademarks are on the Chopping Block
South Africa’s food, alcohol and agricultural laws all contain a similar provision prohibiting the use of false and/or misleading descriptions of the relevant commodity. These prohibitions extend not only
Practitioner’s guide to intellectual property law
Intellectual Property (IP) is one of the most dynamic and debated fields of law, on international as well as on national level, consistently forcing countries to adapt to developments
Attachment of Trademarks Registered in South Africa by a Foreign Entity to Found Jurisdiction in South Africa
Can trademarks that are registered in South Africa and owned by a foreign entity be attached to found or create jurisdiction in South Africa over the foreign entity? This
COVID: Incorporating Marks in a Global Pandemic – To File or Not to File
It has been widely reported in the National Law Journal that hundreds of applications have been filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office attempting to register marks incorporating
A Fast Way to Lose Your Patent Rights
Recent reports of a sharp increase in the number of South African patent applications that are being filed along with requests for expedited acceptance brings to mind the well-known
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