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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 […]
August 17, 2016

The 4 Biggest mistakes that entrepreneurs/start-ups make when starting their business

If you speak to any entrepreneur or start-up founder worth his weight, you will hear stories of how he or she had several failures before he […]
December 11, 2015

Finally, we can all eat of the “Happy birthday” cake

You may recall my article on the “Happy Birthday” song and its related law suit in the United States: It appears that as of 9 December […]
December 11, 2015

Recent Practice note update regarding logo and non-traditional marks

Just to let trade mark applicants know, the Trade Marks Office has, in a recent Practice Note, issued a restriction on the size of files (bytes) […]
December 11, 2015

Trade Marks: the prosecution process (obtaining a trade mark registration) in brief

I’d like to briefly discuss the prosecution process from search to registration of a trade mark, so that clients know what they are in for when […]