Public Holiday Closure of Spoor & Fisher offices in South Africa
24 September 2020 is a Public Holiday in South Africa and the South African Patent, Design, Copyright and Trade Mark Offices will be closed on this day. Thursday 24 September 2020 has been declared a dies non.Read more
Changes to the OAPI system
The Bangui Agreement that governs OAPI is being amended. The changes will take effect once they have been ratified by 12 countries, two thirds of the OAPI member states. 11 member states have done so already and a 12th member, Cameroon, is expected to do so shortly. Once these administrative steps have been completed the changes to the OAPI system should become operational.Read more
UKIPO puts a cork in it.
According to Herman Melville, American writer of the classic novel Moby Dick, “It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation”. Mellville’s words ring true today, especially for trade mark owners who appreciate that, in the world of intellectual property, imitation is not the sincerest form of flattery.Read more
Sierra Leone: 2014 trade mark legislation being applied despite absence of regulations
There has for some time been a degree of confusion about trade mark law in Sierra Leone. In 2014 a new Trade Marks Act came into force, replacing the old Trade Marks Act, Cap 244.Read more
Counterfeiting of Essential Goods during COVID-19
The battle against counterfeiters has been going on for a while now. Companies who have their goods counterfeited have invested heavily in sophisticated tech solutions, the internet of things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to authenticate products. Furthermore, companies rely on enforcement bodies, under the guidance of their IP attorney, to conduct search and seizure operations in order to seize counterfeit goods.Read more
Spoor & Fisher’s Dina Biagio receives DSI/SARIMA’s Distinguished Contribution to Innovation Management Profession Award for 2020
Spoor & Fisher Partner and Patent Attorney Dina Biagio has been awarded the Department of Science and Innovation / Southern African Research and Innovation Management Association (DSI/SARIMA) Award for ‘Distinguished Contribution to the Innovation Management Profession’ at this year’s SARIMA conference.Read more
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