In the case of Swatch AG v Apple Inc, in the Supreme Court of Appeal, the owner of the 'Swatch' trade mark had opposed the registration of the 'iWatch' trade mark filed by Apple Inc...
Janine Hollesen 4 Mar 2021
Virtual reality has been on the rise in the past years and is a growing and dynamic area of technological advancement and development. In 2020, through necessity, many of us have found ourselves conducting various aspects of our lives, everything from business meetings to birthday parties, through virtual platforms...
Nicole Smalberger 19 Nov 2020
On 31 August 2020, companies in the McDonald's group filed a lawsuit against the Hungry Jack's franchise in the Australian federal court...
Jani Cronjé and Jared de Canha 2 Oct 2020
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...?
Pamela Maluleke 23 Sep 2019
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..
Zama Buthelezi & Megan Reimers 8 Jul 2019
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...
Mathoto Masetla 3 May 2019
The East African IP landscape has shifted fundamentally, says Bowmans regional IP head...
Ackermans has recently been successful in a precedent setting trade mark dispute against Truworths which was heard by the Supreme Court of Appeal. The trade mark at the centre of the dispute was “THE LOOK”...
Janine Hollesen 16 Jan 2017
The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) has been blessed for the past few decades by having in its ranks judges who have experience and expertise in the field of Intellectual Property (IP) Law...
Prof Owen Dean 2 Feb 2015
Converse, the Nike-owned footwear manufacturer, has recently sued 31 different retailers for trade mark infringement. In each case, Converse alleges that the retailer is selling footwear that infringes trade mark registrations that it has for the appearance of its famous Chuck Taylor shoes....
Waldo Steyn 28 Nov 2014
Cochrane Steel had sought to interdict M-Systems for passing off because it bid on CLEARVU as a Google keyword generating adverts for its own products.
The internet as we know it has undergone a remarkable change in the past year as a result of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers introduction of over a thousand new generic top level domain names.
Alissa Nayanah and Mariëtte du Plessis 17 Sep 2014
For many entrepreneurs, the starting point in setting up a new business is to choose a name for the new business and to register a company with that name. The first step of the registration process of a company is to select, in order of preference, a list of names for consideration and approval by the Commissioner of Companies who oversees the registration of companies in South Africa.
Christophe van Zyl 9 Sep 2013
The 2013 African Cup of Nations (Afcon) football tournament that launched last week was recently declared a 'protected event' in terms of the Merchandise Marks Act by Trade and Industry Minister, Rob Davies. The upshot is that companies that are not an official sponsor can in no way use the event to promote their own brand, and may be subject to harsh action if they do.
On the internet there is only one thing that really matters - prominence. It is the nexus of all factors that drive the ever-expanding cyberspace. In this world, the attention span of every visitor is measured in seconds and the amount of traffic to a specific website measured with scientific precision.
Cobus Jooste 3 May 2012
Radio, television and the internet took 38, 13 and four years respectively to obtain 50 million users worldwide. The Facebook social media network took just nine months to notch up 100 million users. Social media networks have afforded users the ability to communicate with an infinite number of people worldwide, instantly.
Well known brands have grown over the past 10 years to be the superpowers of the trade mark world - and their potency is increasing. Coca Cola, Nike, Woolworths, Nestle, Castle Lager, BMW, Electrolux, Microsoft - well known brands are the marks we recognise and trust, the household names we grow up with and the signs we aspire to.
Suzaan Laing 1 Dec 2004
In the matter of SA Breweries vs Laugh It Off Promotions, Spoor & Fisher attorneys give Bizcommunity.com readers an expert view. At issue was more than just trade mark rights, but "freedom of expression" was brought into the fray as well, as Laugh It Off lost their epic and public battle.
Russell Norton 19 Sep 2004