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Chanel loses to Huawei in EU trade mark dispute
Chanel loses to Huawei in EU trade mark disputeArticle

French luxury fashion house Chanel has lost its latest attempt to block the registration of a trade mark applied for by Chinese technological giant Huawei Technologies...

David Legge 3 May 2021

How Swatch lost the trade mark case to Apple's iWatch...
How Swatch lost the trade mark case to Apple's iWatch...Article

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

What are the IP implications of virtual reality?
What are the IP implications of virtual reality?Article

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

McFringement? McDonald's take Hungry Jack's to court over new Big Jack burger
McFringement? McDonald's take Hungry Jack's to court over new Big Jack burgerArticle

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

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

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

Merlene Engelbrecht 30 Sep 2020

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Will a beer with another name taste as good?Article

It is well-established that a brand consists of much more than just a name, but we must still acknowledge that the name of a business goes directly to the heart of its identity...

Reinard Krüger & Bianca Balt 18 May 2020

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

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

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

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

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 goodsArticle

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

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

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...

Janine Hollesen 21 Feb 2019

Sun hotels square off in Namibia
Sun hotels square off in NamibiaArticle

The Namibian High Court recently issued a decision dealing with passing-off and copyright infringement in the matter of Southern Sun Africa and Southern Sun Hotel Interests vs Sun Square Hotel...

Kareema Shaik 1 Jun 2018

Brand investment rises in East Africa
Brand investment rises in East AfricaArticle

The East African IP landscape has shifted fundamentally, says Bowmans regional IP head...

21 May 2018

Trade mark registration: Truworths no longer has "the look"
Trade mark registration: Truworths no longer has "the look"Article

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

How to make your trade mark
How to make your trade markArticle

In a shrinking globally competitive market a trade mark can be the single most valuable asset of a company. An extremely important feature of a trade mark is that it must have the ability to distinguish the relevant goods...

Burton Meyer and Nicole Meyer 29 Jun 2015

Straying from trade mark law principles a cause for concern
Straying from trade mark law principles a cause for concernArticle

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

Conversely speaking...
Conversely speaking...Article

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

Popularity of SA wines heightens threat of fraud
Popularity of SA wines heightens threat of fraudArticle

A first at this year's Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction was the application of security foil strips to each bottle of wine on auction...

Donvay Wegierski 12 Nov 2014

Court rules in favour of M-Systems
Court rules in favour of M-SystemsArticle

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.

3 Nov 2014

New methods to protect trade marks in cyber space
New methods to protect trade marks in cyber spaceArticle

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

Christophe van Zyl
Trade mark rights and company namesArticle

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

Legal risks for SA business using Afcon to promote brands
Legal risks for SA business using Afcon to promote brandsArticle

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.

6 Feb 2013

The numbers game - trade marks and domain namesArticle

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

Know your IP rights in social media - Adams & Adams
Know your IP rights in social media - Adams & AdamsArticle

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.

26 Oct 2011

Trademarking well-known brands in South AfricaArticle

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

Supreme Court of Appeal laughs off T-Shirt manufacturer Article

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

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