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WIPO Member States Adopt Historic New Treaty
June 21, 2024

WIPO Member States Adopt Historic New Treaty

The global intellectual property landscape witnessed a notable milestone on Friday 24 May 2024, with the conclusion of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Treaty on intellectual property, genetic resources and associated trad...
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Nail Biting Disputes – Who Owns The TAMMY TAYLOR Trade Mark?
June 11, 2024

Nail Biting Disputes – Who Owns The TAMMY TAYLOR Trade Mark?

The acrylic claws are out again with the revival of the dispute between Tammy Taylor (the American founder of the nail brand Tammy Taylor Nails) and Melany and Peet Viljoen, about who actually owns the TAMMY TAYLOR trade mark in South Africa. Background Tammy Taylor, the CEO of the Ame...
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Pilsner To Piller: Former Ugandan Brewery Executive Spills Trade Secrets And Issued Court Order
June 6, 2024

Pilsner To Piller: Former Ugandan Brewery Executive Spills Trade Secrets And Issued Court Order

There has been an important ruling in Uganda dealing with trade secrets and Anton Piller orders. The case is Nile Breweries Limited v. Johnson Sebuggwawo, High Court of Uganda at Kampala (Commercial Division), Misc. App...
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Haiti: Intellectual Property Office Resumes Operations
June 4, 2024

Haiti: Intellectual Property Office Resumes Operations

Following civil unrest, the Ministry of Commerce in Haiti has been closed since 29 February 2024. We are pleased to confirm that they have announced that they will resume operations from 4 June 2024. Pending IP matters will now proceed and new applications can be lodged. Deadlines which fel...
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Complexities Associated with Patentability of Life Sciences Inventions: Lessons from Other Jurisdictions
May 28, 2024

Complexities Associated with Patentability of Life Sciences Inventions: Lessons from Other Jurisdictions

The life sciences field has seen significant advancements in medicine, agriculture, and environmental sustainability. However, these strides have introduced new challenges related to patent eligibility for life sciences inventions in this field. The changing landscape of patent eligibility within...
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Advancing Local Pharma Production in South Africa
May 21, 2024

Advancing Local Pharma Production in South Africa

For many developing countries, like South Africa, the Covid pandemic placed the importance of local pharma production in the spotlight. Indeed, the need for self-sufficiency in producing essential medicines has emerged as a strategic imperative for many countries. South Africa, with its burgeonin...
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How AI Is Regulated By The EU AI Act -  Keeping track of wolves in sheep’s clothing
May 10, 2024

How AI Is Regulated By The EU AI Act - Keeping track of wolves in sheep’s clothing

The law is a border collie and it’s currently herding something very different from sheep, and far more challenging. It’s herding AI systems, from the applications, to copyright heists and personality violations, and questionable ethical leanings.  Luckily, the border collie now has a shepherdess...
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Byte-sized Banditry – When AI Models Infringe Copyright in Training Content
April 26, 2024

Byte-sized Banditry – When AI Models Infringe Copyright in Training Content

Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) models have revolutionised various industries, from art and music creation to natural language processing. However, concerns are emerging regarding the size and integrity of training materials used for these AI models and the possibility of copyright infrin...
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Technical Artistry: An Unlikely Source of Patents
April 19, 2024

Technical Artistry: An Unlikely Source of Patents

Artistry is a staple of life, from literature, poetry and theatre to the visual arts.  Kurt Vonnegut, the American author and social commentator, wrote, “The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or b...
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Swift Justice - The Tale of Copyright Cat-and-Mouse in Taylor’s Version
April 11, 2024

Swift Justice - The Tale of Copyright Cat-and-Mouse in Taylor’s Version

When Frank Sinatra started his own record label, Reprise Records in 1960, he re-recorded many of his old songs with the intention of increasing his rights in and cut of the revenue generated from his music. Def Leppard did the same thing in 2012-13, calling these re-recordings “forgeries”, as a w...
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