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It's a 'no' to Nosecco trade mark application

The UKIPO said that the name Nosecco would evoke the image of the increasingly popular geographical indication (GI) Prosecco in consumers' minds...

By Merlene Engelbrecht 12 hours ago

Case law insights advancing the rule of law

Understanding and reviewing Case Law is an important aspect of the administration of justice and upholding of the Rule of Law...

Issued by LexisNexis 2 days ago

How to protect your IP rights during the Covid-19 pandemic

As Daniel Kahneman observed in his book Thinking, Fast and Slow, there are two principal modes of human thinking. In a crisis, like our current one, our instinct is to think fast, simplify and leap to conclusions. But when we do this, we tend to rush, and by rushing we risk neglecting the all-important slow thinking, reflecting and anticipating...

By Kay Rickelman 25 Sep 2020

Where data meets sustainable growth, the protection of information should be inherent

Francois Kriel, change management consultant at Kriel & Co, agrees that data is no different than oil...

Issued by Kriel & Co 21 Sep 2020

6 tips for easy PoPIA compliance

Ezra Pillay (LLB), compliance specialist: data protection and technology at LexisNexis South Africa, offers six tips for easy PoPIA compliance...

Issued by LexisNexis 21 Sep 2020

PoPIA: Focus on consent and legitimate interest

PoPIA and data privacy expert and author Ahmore Burger-Smidt will focus on a key aspect of the act in a free webinar hosted by leading legal technology provider, LexisNexis South Africa...

Issued by LexisNexis 7 Sep 2020

Geographical indications: Are they on the map in South Africa?

A geographical indication is defined in the TRIPS Agreement as an indicator that identifies a particular product as originating from a particular region or locality...

By Nicole Haworth 26 Aug 2020

Covid-19 counterfeiters: Faking it till they make it

Counterfeiting is already a billion-dollar global problem, but the Covid-19 health crisis is making it worse. Specifically, opportunistic counterfeiters are taking advantage of the pandemic to market and distribute fake essential products - spurred on by increased demand and perceived shortages of essential goods...

By Masi Mtshali 25 Aug 2020

VUT establishes new law clinic

The Vaal University of Technology (VUT) has succeeded in implementing an uplifting and exciting initiative - a law clinic situated at the VUT Southern Gauteng Science and Technology Park (VUT SGSTP) in Sebokeng...

By Nontobeko Zondi, Issued by Vaal University of Technology 19 Aug 2020

"It's my computer program!" Who owns the copyright?

The question surrounding the ownership of copyright is becoming increasingly relevant to businesses, particularly when they outsource the creation of works to independent people or companies...

By Reinard Kruger 10 Jul 2020

Should 'Black Lives Matter', 'I Can't Breathe' be allowed as trade marks?

Manchester-based businessman Georgios Demetriou of Licence to Thrill Ltd (the Applicant) recently applied to register the phrase 'Black Lives Matter' under trade mark application no. 3497647 and 'I Can't Breathe' under trade mark application no. 3497640 at the United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO). These phrases are associated with the current worldwide protests following the death of George Floyd in the USA.

By Udi Pillay 25 Jun 2020

Business rescue and liquidation have consequences for IP

Intellectual property is often overlooked when a business is compelled to seek business rescue or liquidation, but it may form a valuable asset, requiring decisions to be made on whether to sell it or maintain it...

By Bernadette Versfeld 10 Jun 2020

Big data and the South African financial services sector

Changes in the way customers expect to engage with the financial services sector and increasing pressure from regulators is compelling financial services companies to come up with innovative ways to manage their data...

By Carla Collett 15 May 2020

Navigating the grey market is not a black-and-white issue

Grey-market goods are the genuine, non-counterfeit goods of a trade mark owner, imported into an economic area and sold without the trade mark owner's consent...

By Kay Rickelman 3 Apr 2020

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