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Getting your IP ready for 2013

Why should your business plan for 2013 include intellectual property? Creations of the mind are the driving force of a successful business and therefore, safeguarding such intellectual property from unauthorized use by competitors is becoming increasingly critical for retaining a competitive advantage. The registration of intellectual property such as patents, trade marks and designs provides […]

Michael Jackson’s Estate settles Copyright Lawsuit for $2.5 Million

Michael Jackson‘s estate filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Howard Mann in 2011 for establishing an unauthorized website  that revealed unreleased Michael Jackson songs and photographs. The lawyers claimed that all the assets are owned by the Michael Jackson estate for the benefit of his children and mother. The Federal Court judge ruled that Howard Mann cannot […]

Polo Trade Marks

Ralph Lauren Polo and South African Polo are two different brands owned by two different companies and they are not affiliated with each other. The Ralph Lauren brand is an international brand by an American designer and the South African Polo brand is locally owned by L.A Group LTD. Polo History The Ralph Lauren’s logo […]

Non-conventional Trademarks

A non-conventional or nontraditional trademark is a type of trademark which does not belong to any pre-existing or conventional trademark category. Non-conventional trademarks are often difficult to register, but does fulfill the essential trademark function of uniquely identifying the products or service. Conventional trademarks include letters, numerals, words, logos, pictures, symbols, or combinations of one […]

The FedEx Trademark explained

FedEx Corporation is a logistics services company, based in the United States. The name FedEx is a syllabic abbreviation of the original name from the air division that was named Federal Express until 2000. The FedEx trademark was designed in 1994 by Lindon Leader of Landor Associates in San Francisco.  FedEx is organized into different […]

The Ferrari Trademark explained

Enzo Anselmo Ferrari was born on 18 February 1898 in Modena, Italy and was an Italian race car driver and entrepreneur. He founded the Scuderia Ferrari Grand Prix motor racing team and of manufactured the Ferrari car. At the age of 10 and seeing 1908 Circuit di Bologna, Enzo Ferrari decided to become a race […]

Trade Marks

Trade marks distinguish your goods or services from others and are registered in terms of the South African Trade marks Act No 194 of 1993.  Trade Mark registrations are subject to certain requirements and should be renewed indefinitely, thereby ensuring the continuity of your brand. To ensure that the buying public does not confuse your […]

Intellectual Property Namibia

Namibia is a member of ARIPO which means that all patents, designs or trade marks may be registered with the official intellectual property office of Namibia or with ARIPO. ARIPO requires the applicant to choose the specific member states where protection is required. ARIPO member states include Botswana, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, […]