October 29, 2019

Trade mark specifications – A simple oversight that could land you in litigation and its even simpler solution: Alliance Pharmaceuticals Limited v EUIPO

Many traders believe that they can file and prosecute their own trade mark applications, without the need for a specialist trade mark attorney. For a variety […]
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 […]
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 […]
November 5, 2015

Cubed cameras and design rights – Seeing through the Go Pro/Polaroid lens

On Tuesday, 3 November 2015, Polaroid’s manufacturing company, C & A Marketing filed papers against GoPro in a law suit covering a design patent that it […]
October 14, 2015

Happy birthday to all of us!: rights in “Happy Birthday” song decided in the USA

Happy birthday to all of us! It was my birthday on 14 September and along with my usual gifts, I was awaiting a USA judgment on […]
October 14, 2015

Creator of the song “Santa Claus is comin’ to town”‘s heirs win historic victory

While we all “sort of” wind down for the December holidays, the Christmas songs that fill those who love them with so much cheer, will be […]