August 5, 2017


Christian Louboutin, Christian Louboutin SAS v Van Haren Schoenen BV (Case C-163/16), opinion delivered by the Advocate General, Maciej Szpunar on 22 June 2017  A recent opinion […]
July 5, 2017


Is the Google trade mark unprotectable? Ever said, “I googled it” or “Check Google”? The verb ‘to google’, meaning to ‘look up or search online or […]
June 5, 2017

Patent and other IP infringement in South Africa: When can you threaten legal action?

So let’s say you’ve spent hundreds of thousands on Research and Development for a new invention – not to mention design, branding, or re-branding exercises to […]
June 1, 2017

New ways artists are earning more – “the Eminem cassette tape album re-release” example

All in the music business today know that it is becoming ever more challenging to earn “real” money (or at least enough to allow you to […]
May 19, 2017

Series on POPI: Part 1 – Introduction to POPI and current implementation status

The Protection of Personal Information Act number 4 of 2013 (“POPI“) was signed into law in November 2013. The effective date of POPI (in its entirety) […]
April 5, 2017

‘Grey Goods’: Not a black and white issue in SA law

‘Grey goods’. There’s even a stigma around the phrase, with many people believing that grey goods are always counterfeit and illegal to purchase. But, depending on […]
March 15, 2017

Can you register a trade mark for the smell of a hamburger?

The registrability of “non-traditional” trade marks Trade marks are badges of origin, showing consumers a link between the goods being sold and/or services being provided and […]
January 23, 2017

Third Man Records will be opening modern vinyl pressing plant

In an article written by Daniel Adrian Sanchez for Digital Music News (, it appears that indeed vinyl is making a huge comeback; at least Jack […]