Advertisers & marketers: Creativity within legal boundaries
Nov 23, 2021

Advertisers & marketers: Creativity within legal boundaries

Article by Zama Buthelezi Advertising is all about communicating a message in order to sell a product or service. The most successful advertisements are those that are creative and therefore memorable to the viewer. These kinds of ...
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How to make your Intellectual Property work for you in practice
Nov 23, 2021

How to make your Intellectual Property work for you in practice

Article by Dina Biagio Intellectual property (IP) is the product of independent thought; the outcome of human creativity and innovation. An intellectual property right (IPR), in turn, is the right to prevent others from using that IP and ...
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An IP Primer for Start-Ups in South Africa
Oct 28, 2021

An IP Primer for Start-Ups in South Africa

Article by Kim Pietersen   Vusi Thembekwayo, well-known South African venture capitalist, speaker and entrepreneur said, “You don’t need money to start, but to grow”. This is great advice for start-ups and small...
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Are South Africa’s IP laws keeping up with technology innovation?
Oct 22, 2021

Are South Africa’s IP laws keeping up with technology innovation?

Constituting a world first in a field that has traditionally been hostile to “artificially intelligent” inventors, South Africa’s patent office granted a patent in July 2021 to an invention created by an AI system. The invention that received the go-ahead is for a system of interlocking food c...
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Spoor & Fisher’s Megan Reimers is 2021 Client Choice in Trademarks
Oct 19, 2021

Spoor & Fisher’s Megan Reimers is 2021 Client Choice in Trademarks

Megan Reimers, a Partner at Spoor & Fisher South Africa, is the winner of the prestigious Lexology Client Choice Award 2021, dominating the Intellectual Property – Trademarks category for South Africa. Megan has over tw...
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What SA entrepreneurs must know to succeed in franchising
Oct 1, 2021

What SA entrepreneurs must know to succeed in franchising

By Hugh Melamdowitz Despite volatility and uncertainty in South Africa’s economy at present, franchising remains a viable option for South African entrepreneurs wanting to generate a good income and create job opportunities. In fa...
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What advertisers, marketers need to know about trade marks
Sep 30, 2021

What advertisers, marketers need to know about trade marks

By Louise Myburgh. Whether you’re working on a big brand or a small one, there are several must-knows that can protect you and your clients against inadequately protected trade marks, or even stepping on the intellectual property (IP) ...
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First port of call
Sep 23, 2021

First port of call

Megan Dinnie, Associate at Spoor and Fisher Jersey, explores Kenya’s well-established and evolving anti-counterfeiting regime. This article first appeared in Intellectual Property Magazine, in September 2021. For further information, ple...
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Spoor & Fisher is 101
Sep 15, 2021

Spoor & Fisher is 101

Given the global pandemic, we at Spoor & Fisher were unable to celebrate our centenary in 2020, marking 100 years since the 1920 establishment of our firm. But we see no reason not to honour an even greater milestone, 101 years of specialising in intellectual property, during 2021. “In year 10...
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Survey Shows Social Media Evidence Accepted in Africa, Middle East, and South Asia
Sep 15, 2021

Survey Shows Social Media Evidence Accepted in Africa, Middle East, and South Asia

Article by John Foster   An extensive INTA-led survey of more than two dozen jurisdictions in Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia shows that social media evidence is acceptable to at least some degree in trade...
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