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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]