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February 18, 2019

IP MATTERS NOW FALL UNDER NEW COMMERCIAL COURTS

Under the Commercial Court Practice Directive, intellectual property matters fall under the jurisdiction of the new Commercial Court as of October 2018. The Commercial Court, administered […]
February 18, 2019

Protect your baby. Ubuntu Baba vs Woolworths

Small business owner and local entrepreneur Shannon McLaughlin recently accused retailer Woolworths of copying the design and trading names of her Ubuntu Baba baby carrier. She […]
October 3, 2018

Get your business into gear – SARS to begin administrative penalties for outstanding (CIT) returns

Gone are the days of late filing of or outstanding Corporate Income Tax (CIT) returns, without penalty. In a message sent by the South African Revenue […]
September 5, 2018

One important thing to think of when adopting a company/trading/domain name

Recently, I had a client come in and he had received a letter of demand from a totally unrelated company (“claimant”) (represented by a large law […]
August 5, 2017

YOU CAN DO ANYTHING, BUT DON’T STEP ON MY RED-SOLEDSHOES!

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

WHAT’S TRADEMARK GENERICIDE? GOOGLE IT.

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) […]