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How will Brexit affect your trade mark in the UK?
How will Brexit affect your trade mark in the UK?

The UK parliament has now ratified the EU Withdrawal Agreement that will enable the UK to formally "leave" the EU on 31 January 2020. This date will mark the beginning of an 11 month transition period, with the true exit date currently set as 31 December 2020 (Exit Day)...

By Ghadieja Khan, Leanne Mostert, Bernadette Versfeld and Carla Collett 30 Jan 2020

Leanne Mostert, partner, Webber Wentzel
6 things every miner ought to know about AI

Artificial intelligence (AI) offers prospecting and mining operations a greater ability to target likely mineral deposits, plan new mine developments in difficult terrain, control autonomous vehicles and improve recovery rates from diamond sorting or other minerals processing...

By Leanne Mostert 24 Jan 2020

Checkout with caution this festive season, warns Spoor & Fisher
Checkout with caution this festive season, warns Spoor & Fisher

Spoor & Fisher has warned consumers about the risk of potentially purchasing counterfeit goods when shopping online...

18 Dec 2019

#BestofBiz 2019: Legal
#BestofBiz 2019: Legal

We've compiled our annual #BestofBiz 2019 lists across all our industries featuring our most popular articles, most-read contributors and brand press offices with the most views. Discover the most read content on Bizcommunity's Legal site over the past year below...

17 Dec 2019

Join the modern workplace with Microsoft Office 365 and Tarsus on Demand
Join the modern workplace with Microsoft Office 365 and Tarsus on Demand

Is tiresome admin pulling you away from business growth? Is client communication taking up too much of your time? This single software suite can help you automate your administrative tasks and communication to claim back your lost time...

Issued by Microsoft 2 Dec 2019

Innovation required to win war against counterfeits
Innovation required to win war against counterfeits

When it comes to fraud, the impact of the production and sale of counterfeit goods is just as detrimental to the economy as cyber crime and identity theft...

21 Nov 2019

Legal pitfalls of offensive branding - Part 1
Legal pitfalls of offensive branding - Part 1

Over the past year or so, a surprising number of international brand owners have come under fire for offensive marketing campaigns, products, and brand names...

By Kareema Shaik 15 Nov 2019

A guide to intellectual property law in South Africa
A guide to intellectual property law in South Africa

In South Africa, intellectual property (IP) law encompasses all legislation which concerns patents, designs, trademarks and copyright protection...

Issued by Starbright 28 Oct 2019

With a little help from my friends: cannabis, trademarks and the law
With a little help from my friends: cannabis, trademarks and the law

Following the recent Constitutional Court decision in Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development and Others v Prince and Others 2018, the Trade Marks Office has updated its policy on the registration of cannabis-related trademarks, effective 7 August 2019...

By Clea Rawlins 7 Oct 2019

Know your business inside out with a Biz Office
Know your business inside out with a Biz Office

New expectations of transparency and authenticity in business means things like organisational purpose, brand stories, how your company does things, what it believes in and what it stands for, can all play a part in how your company sees itself and how it is seen by others...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 2 Oct 2019

Top ratings for Biz Rate Card 2019
Top ratings for Biz Rate Card 2019

Bizcommunity is excited to announce the relaunch of our Biz Product and Rate Card, featuring all-new product infographics, descriptors and more...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 27 Sep 2019

Is traditional jewellery protected by IP law?
Is traditional jewellery protected by IP law?

Traditional African jewellery designs have become a prominent feature on the international fashion stage with many fashion brands taking inspiration from traditional African jewellery and showcasing it on a global stage. But does it fall under IP protection...?

By Pamela Maluleke 23 Sep 2019

Who owns the copyright to AI... and its creative works?
Who owns the copyright to AI... and its creative works?

An AI algorithm, or more specifically the written code, encompassing both the source code and object code, would be categorised as a "computer program" under South African laws and is protected by the law of copyright...

By Fatima Ameer-Mia and Lee Shacksnovis 5 Aug 2019

3 steps towards 'glass boxing' your company with a Biz Press Office
3 steps towards 'glass boxing' your company with a Biz Press Office

Since 2001, Bizcommunity anticipated the role of company culture as intellectual capital. Biz Press Offices are a "glass box" game changer, offering a window into 18 industry communities...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 23 Jul 2019

Consumers benefit from Waspa's self-regulating status
Consumers benefit from Waspa's self-regulating status

South Africa's Wireless Application Service Providers' Association (Waspa) was founded in 2004 as a self-regulating industry body...

18 Jul 2019

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Striking the right balance between honouring a brand and violating a trade mark

Social media has many good attributes both on a personal and business level, and it has also evolved into a connector of cultures and movements - think of the various challenges that have taken social media by storm..

By Zama Buthelezi & Megan Reimers 8 Jul 2019

Adams & Adams Africa Update now available
Adams & Adams Africa Update now available

The 2019 issue of the Adams & Adams Africa Update is now available to download...

5 Jul 2019

How social media has become a breeding ground for counterfeit sales
How social media has become a breeding ground for counterfeit sales

As much as people love social media, there is a dark side to it too - one involving counterfeit goods and billions of Rands of lost revenue for companies and governments the world over...

7 Jun 2019

Winter is here: What you should know before printing your own GOT goods
Winter is here: What you should know before printing your own GOT goods

Fans of the award-winning series, Game of Thrones, were eager to watch the premiere of the long-awaited eighth and final season that started on 14 April 2019 and, as is evidenced on social media, has them enthralled...

By Mathoto Masetla 3 May 2019

Patent system shake up to boost innovation in SA
Patent system shake up to boost innovation in SA

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies says government is trying to strike a balance between granting monopoly rights to support innovation, the dissemination of knowledge and addressing socio-economic challenges...

10 Apr 2019

When academic writing no longer pays, writing stops
When academic writing no longer pays, writing stops

The Copyright Amendment Bill in its current form will undermine the quality of higher education in South Africa...

By Prof Sihawukele Ngubane 15 Mar 2019

Creative coalition to challenge Copyright Amendment Bill
Creative coalition to challenge Copyright Amendment Bill

Coalition for Effective Copyright rallies to protect the rights of creators, producers, publishers and those working in the creative sector from the far-reaching negative impact of the bill...

13 Mar 2019

JSE business breakfast will focus on intellectual property governance
JSE business breakfast will focus on intellectual property governance

Leading IP law firm Adams & Adams and business governance consultancy, FluidRock, have teamed up to host a free breakfast discussion on intellectual property and governance...

Issued by Adams & Adams 25 Feb 2019

Trademarks: Use it or lose it
Trademarks: Use it or lose it

It is important that a trademark is used, as failing to do so could lead to the cancellation of the mark if it has not been used for five years...

By Janine Hollesen 21 Feb 2019

Adams & Adams grabs Patent honours at the Global IP Awards in London
Adams & Adams grabs Patent honours at the Global IP Awards in London

The Global IP Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of IP law and attorney firms in litigation, prosecution and transactional work during 2018...

Issued by Adams & Adams 5 Feb 2019

Did you hear the Legal Show free registration is open?
Did you hear the Legal Show free registration is open?

Be inspired by the latest tech solutions that are taking law firms and legal professionals by storm! Hear about top themes that are reshaping the legal profession...

Issued by Terrapinn 29 Jan 2019

Copyright law does not protect the taste of cheese
Copyright law does not protect the taste of cheese

"Blessed are the cheesemakers", runs the famous line from the Monty Python film Life of Brian. But a recent court case gives the lie to the notion that manufacturers of cheese have fortune on their side...

By Estelle Derclaye 22 Jan 2019

Adams & Adams adopts .africa domain
Adams & Adams adopts .africa domain

Intellectual property and commercial law firm, Adams & Adams, announced a digital identity switchover to www.adams.africa on its social media accounts.

21 Jan 2019

These South African inventors are ready to roll!
These South African inventors are ready to roll!

Portia Mavhungu and her business partner, Darushna Chellan, developed an innovative new device - essentially a built-in wheelchair toilet - and dubbed it the "Para Tube"...

Issued by Adams & Adams 8 Jan 2019

#BestofBiz 2018: Legal
#BestofBiz 2018: Legal

We've compiled our annual #BestofBiz 2018 lists across all our industries featuring our most popular articles, most-read contributors and brand press offices with the most views. Discover the most read content on Bizcommunity's Legal site over the past year below...

18 Dec 2018

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