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Shaping Tomorrow – Women at the Forefront of Science and IP

26th April 2024 As we celebrate World Intellectual Property Day, our focus is on the remarkable contributions of innovative South African individuals, specifically... 

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SA lagging as EU design laws are modernised for a digital era

28th April 2023 The European Union (EU) is currently undertaking a review of its design laws, with the aim of making design law protection more relevant as the... 

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Influencer marketing: What you need to know about trade mark / copyright infringement

27th March 2023 Influencers frequently advertise or post reviews on products/ brands on social media platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, providing... 

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Message in a bottle – a trade mark dispute over container shape

15th February 2023 Looking at brands, consumers tend to focus on logos, but the distinctiveness of product’s shape or its packaging, can be just as important in... 

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The Copyright Amendment Bill and the many fronts of the battle

12th December 2022 The Copyright Amendment Bill which is currently being developed, needs to balance the interests of multiple stakeholders. If the bill favours... 

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DABUS, the rise of the inventive machines

9th December 2022 The South African Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) made history in 2021, by being the first patent office in the world to... 

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The South Africa new Plant Breeders' Rights Act, and Draft Regulations published for Public Comment

3rd October 2022 The new South African Plant Breeders’ Rights Act No. 12 of 2018 (the new Act) was assented to on 27 March 2019 and published in the South African... 

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Ensuring intellectual property rights for computer implemented inventions

21st September 2022 The patenting of computer implemented inventions (software) is a fascinating area of intellectual property law that is constantly changing.  Why is... 

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