Sports, Creative, Entertainment, Hospitality & Media
The sports, creative, entertainment, hospitality and media industries are home to a variety of players with a range of intersecting interests. No matter their differences, however, all are similarly characterised by innovation and creativity – and therefore, by intellectual property (IP) matters.
In addition, all are finding themselves fuelled by new trends and technologies. These drive opportunity and have potential for growth, but they do come with their own challenges.
In Africa in particular this sector is a vital focus area, since it is one of the main foreign exchange earners and key exports components, with great importance for both social and economic transformation.
At Spoor & Fisher, we have professionals who service the sports, creative, entertainment, hospitality and media industries.
Our clients include local and international sports associations; talent agencies; broadcasting corporations; collecting societies; artists and celebrities; major hotel, restaurant, food and beverage groups; and the organisers of lifestyle, entertainment and fashion events.
Bearing in mind the significance of brand protection in these industries, we serve clients in these industries with the registration (e.g. clearance searches and filing), exploitation (e.g. licensing), enforcement (e.g. high court litigation), and overall portfolio management of trade marks.
We also specialise in key related areas, like copyright, image and personality rights, privacy and defamation, and ambush marketing, as well as sponsorship and endorsement deals, music publishing, book publishing, licensing and distribution agreements, and artist’s appearance agreements.
Meet the Team
Margaret Le Galle
Marco van der Merwe
Eben van Wyk
Partner, Chairperson of the Partnership