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INTA 2015 | San Diego

The International Trademark Association (INTA) annual meeting is the world's largest and most-widely attended trade mark event! At the 2015 INTA conference you make new contacts, have the ability to meet with existing partners and colleagues and obtain continuing...

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Business Opportunities and Franchise Expo

The Business Opportunities and Franchise Expo 2015 brings together leading Business Opportunities, Franchise options and Business Support Service companies to an audience of successful and aspirant entrepreneurs who have the motivation and capital to invest in a new...

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Thebe Reed Exhibitions 2015

Thebe Reed Exhibitions is one of Africa’s most progressive and successful exhibition, trade fair, special project event organisers and venue managers. Thebe Reed Exhibitions is a joint venture between Reed Exhibitions, leading global player in the world of...

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The way in which Patents are granted to change

The Department of Trade and Industry is to go ahead with a controversial change to the way in which patents are granted. Currently, South Africa grants patents without investigating whether the application meets all the legal criteria. In 2013 the DTI proposed changes...

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Chinese Domain Name Scam

The Chinese Domain Name Scam is an e-mail that is sent from a Chinese company stating that someone else has inquired about registering your domain name in another Country code top-level domain like .asia, .cn, .com.cn, .net.cn and .org.cn. This scam is trying to...

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Mickey Mouse vs Deadmau5

Canadian music producer and performer Joel Zimmerman is better known by his stage name deadmau5 (pronounced "dead mouse"). His music has been included in video games such as Grand Theft Auto, Saints Row, Need for Speed, GoldenEye 007, Wipeout 2048, The Sims 3 and...

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Associate appointed at Smit & Van Wyk, Inc.

Salomé le Roux, registered Trade Mark Attorney who graduated from North West University with an LLB and from the University of South Africa with an LLM, was recently appointed an associate at Smit & Van Wyk, Inc. Salomé is an Attorney of the High Court, a qualified...

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Quantitative Reasoning workshop 2014

The Centre for Decision Sciences at Unisa is offering the following workshop on 30 September 2014. Participants will receive a certificate of attendance or participation. Quantitative Reasoning for Business 1 The Centre for Decision Sciences is a unit within Unisa,...

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The Yummy Mummy Trademark

Yummy Mummy Maternity brand offers innovative and stylish solutions to keep you looking and feeling your best during pregnancy. Yummy Mummy Maternity is a registered trade mark in South Africa. The Belly Band The Yummy Mummy Tummy is a seamless knit band to be worn...

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Inventors’ Garage Competition

INVENTORS’ GARAGE COMPETITION in partnership with the East London Industrial Development Zone (ELIDZ) The SA Innovation Summit Team invite all of you to participate in the INVENTORS GARAGE COMPETITION hosted by the SA Innovation Summit held from 16 - 17 September at...

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Patent Services Johannesburg

Smit & Van Wyk, Inc. is a specialist South African legal practice dealing exclusively with patent law. If your invention is new, inventive and useful, generally, a patent may be granted for the invention in terms of South African Patent Law. Although novelty can never...

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When Trademarks overlap with other IP rights

Trademarks overlap with other IP rights everywhere - whether registration, enforcement or commercialization. Trademark practitioners need to achieve a solid understanding of the many opportunities and pitfalls of intersecting rights. This event also raises fundamental...

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The Hula Hoop invention

The hula hoop is a large toy ring that is twirled around the waist, limbs or neck. The hula hoop is an ancient invention and no modern company or single inventor can claim that they invented the first hula hoop. In the 1300s hooping came to Great Britain and homemade...

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Chobani Greek Yoghurt’s lawsuit Tweet

Chobani Greek Yoghurt's recent tweet caused a copyright infringement lawsuit from Dov Seidman against it's New York-based Chobani and its advertising agency Droga5. Author Dov Seidman is suing for copyright infringement stemming from an ad campaign that featured the...

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How far will Roller Coaster inventions go?

Roller Coaster Inventions The centerpiece of Pantopia™, Falcon’s Fury™ is the tallest freestanding drop tower in North America at Seaworld Park's Busch Gardens in Tampa. Falcon’s Fury has a 90 degree mid-air turn for a 96 km/h free fall face-first! After about 100...

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Oracle Corp vs Google Inc

Oracle Corp won the lawsuit against Google Inc for using the Java programming language to design its Android smartphone operating system. The U.S. appeals court decided Oracle could copyright parts of the Java programming language.  Oracle Corp vs Google Inc The trial...

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Copyright Infringement: File-sharing Online

In December 2013 one of the first arrests were made in South Africa for copyright infringing file-sharing online. Majedien Machos Norton was convicted of criminal copyright infringement for posting a copy of a local movie, Four Corners, on Pirate Bay. The 29 year old...

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The #Hashtag Idea

The word hashtag is an unspaced phrase prefixed with the # symbol. The #hashtag symbol can be found on most keyboards when pressing down the shift and no. 3 key simultaneously. The #Hashtag Idea Chris Messina, the former Google designer first proposed that Twitter...

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Easter Fun Facts

Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday that falls after the full moon following the vernal equinox. For most children, Easter is about bunnies that visit in the night, leaving colorful eggs, but for Christians, Easter Sunday is the day that Christ resurrected after...

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Scott Summit’s breathtaking Prosthetic designs

Industrial designer Scott Summit founded Bespoke Innovations in 2010 in collaboration with an orthopaedic surgeon, to create breathtaking artificial limbs that the patients themselves can choose and personalize. Summit, who has more than 20 patents to his name also...

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Associate appointed at Smit & Van Wyk, Inc.

Chantal Hoffelner,  registered Patent Attorney who initially graduated cum laude from the University of Free State with a Masters Degree in Microbiology, was recently appointed an associate at Smit & Van Wyk, Inc. Chantal also has an LLB degree, as well as a Bachelor...

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INTA Conference 2014 | Hong Kong

The International Trademark Association (INTA) annual conference is the world's largest and most-widely attended trade mark event! At the 2014 International Trademark Association (INTA) conference you make new contacts, have the ability to meet with existing partners...

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FICPI 2015

FICPI 2015 will be hosted in Cape Town, South Africa from 13 to 17 April 2015. The FICPI World Congress is the perfect opportunity to meet and network with leading intellectual property professionals from all over the world. It is also a chance for your firm to...

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Novelty

Novelty is obtained from the Latin word novus which means New. Novelty is the quality of being new or being original and unusual. Novelty generally exists in the subjective perceptions of individuals. An invention is a novel device, method, composition or process. It...

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Connecting New Dots: Domain Names

If you would like to register a website for your brand at .africa, .capetown, .joburg, or .durban, now is your chance to ensure that you’re first in line. The ZA Central Registry (ZACR) will be launching 4 new gTLD (general top level domains), namely .africa,...

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Smit & Van Wyk to reach New Heights!

Wessel van Wyk from Smit & Van Wyk, Inc. is leaving on Sunday the 21st of July 2013 to conquer Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania in support of Carel Smit a founding member of Smit & Van Wyk, Inc, now based in Australia. This exciting adventure will not only be to reach...

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Passing Off: Marina vs. Buffalo

There was recently a case in the Eastern Cape High Court that demonstrates so simply what passing off is really all about. The case involved one product that all proud South Africans buy on a fairly regular basis, namely braai salt. The one party is Swartkops Sea Salt...

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New Trade Mark Law – Ethiopia

Important Notice: Owners of Trade Marks that are already registered in Ethiopia will be required to file new applications no later than 24 June 2014. The Trade Mark Registration and Protection Proclamation was published in Ethiopia in 2006 but the implementing...

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Leonhard Euler

Leonhard Euler was a  Swiss mathematician and physicist. He worked in almost all areas of mathematics as well as continuum physics, lunar theory and other areas of physics. He is a seminal figure in the history of mathematics. He made important discoveries in fields...

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Kulula vs SAA Branding

According to a 2013 news article on News24, Kulula has “all but hijacked SAA's recognisable branding” for their fleet. The question that comes to mind is whether Kulula has perhaps in fact “hijacked” SAA’s recognisable branding. If you compare the branding of the new...

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