UK Supreme Court provides guidance on the assessment of obviousness with respect to dosage patents
Selecting the right dose for a new drug is an important step in drug development. This may take several years of clinical trials. Inventions for such dosage regimes often arise years after the active ingredient was first patented.Read more
South Africa – Anticipated Increase in Official Fees for Trade Marks, Patents and Designs – 1 October 2019
Earlier in 2019, the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) indicated that official fees for South African trade marks, patents and designs were to be increased. In addition, a distinction was in future to be drawn between small and large entities, insofar as the filing and renewal of trade marks, patents and designs are concerned.Read more
Masterclass: Dr Owen Dean discusses Netflix’s “The Lion’s Share”
Prof Dean was the guest on Azania Mosaka’s Masterclass series on Radio 702 to discuss the real story of Mbube, recently retold in the Netflix docu-drama “The Lion’s Share”.Read more
Social media fan accounts – honouring the brand or violating a trade mark?
Social media has enabled us to stay connected with each other in ways that we were never able to in the past. It has developed from traditionally being a connector of persons, friends and distant lovers to be a connector of businesses and traders with their consumers.Read more
SOUTH AFRICA: Judge Rules in Case Concerning the Use of Non-Traditional Shoe Sole Pattern Trademarks
The High Court of South Africa, Kwazulu-Natal Division, Pietermaritzburg, on March 18, 2019, was called upon to decide if there was infringement in a case concerning the use of nontraditional shoe sole pattern trademarks.Read more
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