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Franchise Attorneys

Franchise attorneys deal with all legal aspects between franchisors and franchises. The business that starts the franchise is the franchisor and will license its trade name, operating methods and intellectual property to the franchisees. If you are the franchisor you may benefit from additional profits and you may retain control over your business system. The […]

CHUMA Commercialisation Programme

The Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), an initiative of the Department of Science and Technology, has a mandate to enable and support technological innovation across all sectors of the economy in order to achieve socio-economic benefits for South Africa and enhance its global competitiveness. TIA is a public entity with the aim of enhancing the South […]

Southern African Young Scientists Summer Program (SA-YSSP)

The Minister of Science and Technology officially launched the Southern African Young Scientists Summer Program (SA-YSSP) in November 2011.  The National Research Foundation (NRF) in collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology has developed a novel and innovative initiative with the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) to establish the Southern African Young Scientists […]

Professor Leonard Kleinrock

Dr. Leonard Kleinrock talks the future of computers – Professor Leonard Kleinrock is an American engineer, computer scientist and Professor of Computer Science at UCLA. He developed the mathematical theory of packet networks, the technology underpinning the Internet, while a graduate student at MIT in the period from 1960 to 1962. The birth of the […]

UK Olympics 2012 Brand Police

During the 2012 Olympics 300 officials in purple uniforms called the brand police roamed the streets of the UK looking for any signs of ambush marketing. The brand police monitored any activities that could have offended the official sponsors like McDonalds, Adidas, Coca Cola and BP. Every two years the I.O.C and the Olympic host […]

Facebook Summons

August 2012 Kwazulu-Natal Judge Esther Steyn made legal history in South Africa when she allowed a legal notice to be served on a Ramsgate resident via his Facebook page. Judge Steyn ruled that the individual from Ramsgate could be served with a legal notice via his Facebook page. Pleadings have been exchanged and the matter […]

Research & Development Tax

Companies that spend money on research and development projects benefit from tax in terms of the provisions of section 11D of the Income Tax Act. This  Act encourages companies to spend more money on research and development which will then help to ensure that local research and development is not at a global competitive disadvantage. […]