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AI Bias and Misappropriation: Lessons Learned from the Wu and Costello Case Study
February 26, 2024

AI Bias and Misappropriation: Lessons Learned from the Wu and Costello Case Study

Nassia Matsa, Jade McSorely and Shereen Wu are models whose images have been altered using generative AI and their tales taught us important lessons on AI bias, misappropriation, hallucinations and more. Is it legal to use an image of a natura...
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A rare Zambian trade mark judgment - OREO v MOREO’S
February 22, 2024

A rare Zambian trade mark judgment - OREO v MOREO’S

This article deals with a recent (and indeed rare) trade mark judgment of the Zambian High Court – the case is Intercontinental Great Brands LLC v Zayaan Investments Limited, and the judgment of Judge Chenda w...
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IP law Trends in 2024 and Beyond
February 9, 2024

IP law Trends in 2024 and Beyond

A plethora of micro, macro, and mega IP law trends have emerged over the past few years, which we expect will reshape the legal landscape in 2024 and beyond. These IP law trends affect not only how we practice on a day-to-day basis but are also likely to transform the broader industry in South Af...
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Data Monetization in Harmony with Intellectual Property and Privacy Considerations
January 30, 2024

Data Monetization in Harmony with Intellectual Property and Privacy Considerations

Data and data analytics? Big business. We generate a massive amount of information every day, sourced via the Internet of (Every)Thing(s), GPS trackers, fitness wearables, software-as-a-service, web content and social media. This information can be analysed computationally to yield outputs ...
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Navigating NFT Ownership and IP Rights
January 19, 2024

Navigating NFT Ownership and IP Rights

In the rapidly evolving digital landscape, Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) have emerged as a groundbreaking force, reshaping concepts of ownership and intellectual property (IP) rights. This transformative technology, rooted in blockchain, offers unique opportunities and challenges, particularly in th...
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The Original Mickey Mouse Enters the Public Domain: The IP Implications
January 12, 2024

The Original Mickey Mouse Enters the Public Domain: The IP Implications

As of 2024, the original Mickey Mouse, one of the most iconic characters in entertainment history, has entered the public domain. This transition marks a significant moment for creators, fans, the entertainment industry and the implications for intellectual property law. We look at the implica...
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South Africa's Escalating Counterfeit Crisis
January 9, 2024

South Africa's Escalating Counterfeit Crisis

Many well-known brands are losing out to counterfeit goods, and they may not even realise it. According to Michael Lamont, a partner at Spoor & Fisher who specialises in  combatting counterfeiting in south...
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Savouring SA Tradition: Karoo Lamb Granted GI Status
December 6, 2023

Savouring SA Tradition: Karoo Lamb Granted GI Status

In South Africa, delicious lamb, grilled on a warm summer's evening, is more than just a meal - it's a source of national pride. This is especially true for lamb from the Karoo region, known for its unique flavour and texture. Recognising its distinctiveness, Karoo Lamb has been awarded Geographi...
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Debunking the SANi Patent Myth - Clarifying the African IP Landscape
November 29, 2023

Debunking the SANi Patent Myth - Clarifying the African IP Landscape

We have recently received an influx of enquiries from clients regarding the possibility of filing a so-called "SANi patent. While scratching our collective heads, we quickly realised that the so-called “SANi patent” is a title bestowed upon a non-existent ‘regional patent’ that supposedly grants ...
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Spot the Difference: A Lens into Anti-Counterfeit Awareness
November 24, 2023

Spot the Difference: A Lens into Anti-Counterfeit Awareness

In a world where counterfeit goods are becoming increasingly sophisticated, the challenge of distinguishing between genuine and fake products is more daunting than ever. Our team at Spoor & Fisher has taken a significant step to address this challenge. Our
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