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By Spoor & Fisher
Trade mark owners with registrations in Burundi and/or Rwanda are reminded that certain trade marks need to be renewed this year in order to remain valid.
By Paul Ramara
About 30% of consumers are unknowingly buying fake goods when making online purchases, according to the Global Online Shopping Survey.
By Spoor & Fisher
Recent OAPI trade mark opposition judgments highlight the fact that the system works.
By Spoor & Fisher
Nigeria uses the International Classification of Goods and Services for its trade mark registration system.
By Spoor & Fisher
A novel SA technique not only improves the accuracy of ultrasound in assessing hydrocephalus
By Spoor & Fisher
The Nigerian authorities have for some time been keen to split the Registry of Trademarks, Patents and Designs into separate registries.
By Spoor & Fisher
On 18 September 2018, the Seychelles Registrar General handed down an important trade mark decision.
By Natalie Slabbert
In August 2016 in the USA, Solid Oak Sketches LLC sued 2K Games, Inc and Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. on the basis of copyright infringement.
By Spoor & Fisher
In January 2018, we reported that a substantial backlog of trade marks to be processed had accumulated at the Angolan Registry since the implementation of the current law in 1992.
By Spoor & Fisher
We have previously reported on the Malawian Trademarks Bill 2017. This bill officially became law on 1 October 2018, in the form of the Trademarks Act, 2 of 2018 (the Act)
By Reggie Dlamini
When choosing a trade mark businesses often prefer descriptive marks that inform consumers about the nature or purpose of a product.
By Louise Myburgh
The Supreme Court of Appeal has recently handed down a judgment in terms of which Pepkor was interdicted from infringing the well-known adidas THREE STRIPE trademark.
By Eben Van Wyk, John Foster
An appeal by the Foschini Group, the proprietor in South Africa of the trade mark DUE SOUTH in various classes, to overturn a decision by the Registrar of Trade Marks to accept applications by Jan Frederick Coetzee for registration of the trade mark DUE-SOUTH & DEVICE in classes 16, 29, 30 and 41 was recently dismissed by the North Gauteng High Court.
By Spoor & Fisher
Following a comprehensive review of the existing trade mark laws of the British Virgin Islands, we await the publication of the Proclamation in the Government Gazette to implement the new Trade Marks Act, 2013.
By Spoor & Fisher
The struggle of right against might forms the central pillar of the "Lion King" story but while this may be familiar to millions of children around the globe, the real-world struggle for justice that arose from the animated blockbuster is less well-known outside of the intellectual property law community.