• Public Holiday Closure of Spoor & Fisher offices

    The South African Patent, Design, Copyright and Trade Mark Offices will be closed on Friday 27 April 2018 and Tuesday 1 May 2018. 27 April 2018 and 1 May 2018 have been declared dies non.

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  • South Africa: A confusingly similar judgment

    In South Africa, the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) recently handed down an important trade mark judgment, Dinnermates (Tvl) CC v Piquante Brands International & another (401/17) 2018 ZASCA (28 March 2018).

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  • Protecting Intellectual Property in the Research and Manufacturing environment

    17 April 2018, Pretoria – Intellectual property, including patents, trade marks, registered designs, copyright and know-how, has long been considered as essential for fostering innovation. This is due to the ability of the IP to generate revenues (for example, through licensing), encourage synergistic partnerships and create a market advantage for the owner of the IP.

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  • Cautionary notices in Somalia

    There is no formal IP legislation in Somalia. It has, however, become possible to publish cautionary notices in various local newspapers in both English and the Somali language.

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  • Tunisia: trade marks in Africa - at a glance

    Trade mark activity is growing rapidly in Africa, both as regards protection and enforcement. Yet there is still a great deal of uncertainty. This is the next in our series of country-specific updates. Here we focus on Tunisia.

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