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Copyright Protection of Photographs

It is important to know that once you upload your photographs onto the Internet that it is your own responsibility to take the necessary steps to protect the copyright of your photographs. Copyright Symbol © The first step to protect your photographs should be a...

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Trademark a company name

Do not mistake the registration of a company with that of registering a trademark. It is possible to register a company in South Africa without registering the trademark. It is recommended that you also register the trademark the name of the company to build and...

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How to Register a Trade Mark

Register a trade mark that uniquely identifies and distinguishes the products and services for which it is used. You can register a trade mark under the regulations of the South African Trade Marks Act No. 194 of 1993. The mark may be renewed indefinitely every...

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Patent Duration

Patent duration refers to the period in which the patent holder has monopoly rights to their invention, the granting of usage, distribution, and marketing rights to others, and the right to commercial benefit from such for a specific period. Patent duration is...

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Copyright Protection

Copyright is just one of the four divisions that fall under the general heading of Intellectual Property, and there are South African attorneys who have had special training in the subject and will be only too happy to advise you on the subject. The four general...

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Filing a Patent

To file a patent for an invention in South Africa Requirements for the invention to be considered eligible for patent rights: - Novel, Original - Not obvious to someone skilled in the art - Applicable in industry, commerce or agriculture - Involve an inventive step....

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Developing Zika Vaccines

Krishna Ella's Indian firm, Bharat Biotech (represented by Smit & Van Wyk, Inc.), has become the first company in the world to have two vaccine candidates against the rapidly spreading Zika virus. Zika doesn’t cause much harm to adults, but when pregnant women get...

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What is a Patent?

A patent is the sole right granted to an inventor by the State for a given length of time in exchange for making the invention known to the public. Application for a patent in South Africa must be made through the CIPC in Pretoria and are only valid in South Africa....

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Domain Name Infringement

Trademarks serve to distinguish companies, goods, and services from competitors, and domain names provide unique identification on the Internet. With millions of companies competing for the attention of online users, every step taken in protecting and distinguishing a...

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Trademark Registrations

Trademark registrations are done to ensure that the products for which registrations are completed are uniquely marked and distinguishable from that of competitors. The benefits of trade mark registrations outweigh the waiting period and any costs involved. For one,...

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Copyright Films in South Africa

It is possible to copyright films in South Africa under the Copyright Act of 1978, because any cinematograph film or storage, fixation, and production such as signalling of data to produce the work fall under the protection. This means that the soundtrack of the...

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Aesthetic vs Functional Designs

The difference between aesthetic and functional designs are briefly explained below to help you make an informed decision regarding the appropriate section for your specific design. In both cases, a design can only be valid upon registration if there was no...

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Patent Search

Why do a Patent Search? The rights of a patent may only be conferred on the inventor if the invention is new and inventive. The invention must thus be novel. This means that the key aspects of the invention may not have been described in any form anywhere in the world...

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CIPC

Companies and Intellectual Property Commission The Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) was established through the amalgamation of the Office of Companies and Intellectual Property Enforcement (OCIPE) and the Companies and Intellectual Property...

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Trademark Attorneys Qualification

The Trademark Attorneys qualification is a statutory qualification under control of the Patent Examination Board. An Attorney who has this qualification is entitled to register and practice as a Trademark Attorney and to Fellowship of the South African Institute of...

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Patent Attorneys Qualification

The Patent Attorneys qualification is a statutory qualification under control of the Patent Examination Board. An Attorney who has this qualification is entitled to register and practice as a Patent Attorney and to Fellowship of the South African Institute of...

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How to Copyright Films

What is Copyright? A copyright is an exclusive right granted to an author of original work for a limited period of time. For a work to be eligible for copyright protection, it must be original and be reduced to material form. In South Africa all these works are...

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Domain Name Disputes

What is a Domain Name? A domain name represents an Internet Protocol (IP) source such as a server address hosting a website, or the website itself. The registration of a domain name is usually administered by domain name registrars who sell their services to the...

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Copyright Photographs

Copyright Photographs When it comes to the protection and ownership rights of a photograph, there is still a lot that can be done in South Africa. It is not possible to register copyright for photographs in South Africa. Unlike other forms of intellectual property,...

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Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA)

The Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA) is a South African Internet industry body and a voluntary organisation, representing the interests of its members. The Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA) currently represents in excess of 150 Internet...

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Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

The Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) includes dispute resolution processes and techniques that act as a means for disagreeing parties to come to an agreement short of litigation. The Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is an alternative to a formal court hearing...

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Recipe Patents in South Africa

Recipe Patents in South Africa Is it possible to patent food recipes in South Africa? According to the Patents Act No. 57 of 1978 of South Africa, a patent may be granted for any new invention which involves an inventive step and which is capable of being used in...

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Omskrywing van ‘n Patent

‘n Patent behels die toekenning van regte deur ‘n regering aan ‘n uitvinder of sy aangewysde vir ’n gegewe tydperk in ruil vir die bekendmaking van die uitvinding. Die prosedure vir die toekenning van ‘n patent en die voorvereistes vir die toekenning van regte oor die...

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General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade

The General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) is a multilateral agreement regulating international trade. GATT General Agreement The workings of the GATT agreement are the responsibility of the Council for Trade in Goods (Goods Council) which is made up of...

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Handelsmerke

Handelsmerke is nie die vrug van die hedendaagse samelewing nie. Dit het reeds jare gelede die gebruik geword om handelsmerke op items te plaas om sodoende die oorsprong van die items aan te dui. Glasware, eetware ensomeer het onderskeidende embleme en of bewoording...

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The 1st game Inventor to become a Millionaire

Monopoly, the world's best selling board game, has a trail of controversy surrounding it. 1936 was the year Parker brothers introduced Monopoly after purchasing the rights from Charles Darrow. Charles Darrow was an unemployed salesman and inventor from Pennsylvania,...

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FASA Breakfast Seminar

FASA Breakfast Seminar Gilan Gork who is South Africa’s mentalist and is known as a master of influence is our speaker at the next seminar. Gilan will teach the audience body language in business and will focus on influencing people particularly in a sales...

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Japan opens world’s first robot hotel

The first official guests started checking in to what's billed as the world's first robot hotel. The five-star Japanese Henn-na Hotel opened its doors this week to bemused visitors to Huis Ten Bosch, a theme park. The name Henn-na Hotel translates to Strange Hotel....

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Apple v. Samsung

In January 2007 just before the iPhone was introduced, Apple patented 4 designs for the shape of the iPhone. These were followed by color design patents of 193 screen shots depicting various iPhone graphical user interfaces. It was from these designs along with...

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Boerepatentekompetisie 2015

Graan SA / Omnia Boerepatentekompetisie: Beweeg saam met die tye Oesdag 2015 12 - 15 Mei Die 2015 Boerepatentekompetisie word aangebied deur Graan SA en Omnia om vindingryke produsente  weer geleentheid te gee om gemodifiseerde landboutoerusting te demonstreer....

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