Uganda: Amendment of trade mark regulations
Uganda’s trade mark regulations have been amended and owners should note the following changes.Read more
Facing the music: Whose song is it anyway?
In 2015, the 9th Circuit Court ruled that Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke’s song, “Blurred Lines”, infringed on Marvin Gaye’s 1977 “Got to Give It Up.” It demanded that they pay $5-million to Gaye’s estate for straying too close to the older song’s “vibe”.Read more
The argument for TRIPS waivers to resolve vaccine inequality
You may have felt a cold chill from the storm brewing among member states of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), resulting from inequality in the sale and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.Read more
Gambia: Is it possible to register trade marks through the ARIPO system?
On 4 May 2021 ARIPO announced that Gambia had joined ARIPO the trade mark treaty, the Banjul Protocol on Marks, and that it would therefore become a member of the ARIPO trade mark registration system with effect from 3 August 2021.Read more
In vino intellectual property: Wine as a case study for diverse IP rights
As a nation, South Africa is peopled by passionate wine-drinkers, consuming 4 million hectolitres (1.6% of the world’s total) in 2019. As far as wine production is concerned, South Africa sits in 8th place on the global stage, with 3.3% of the world’s total (or 9.7 million hectolitres) in 2019.Read more
The uber-zoom: The case against trade mark genericide
Let’s say “ZOOM” becomes a synonym for conducting online video meetings, regardless of the app used – or worse, it becomes a verb. In this way, ZOOM will lose its distinctiveness. It will become a generic trade mark, and its owners won’t be able to stop others from using “ZOOM” to refer to online conferencing services.Read more
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