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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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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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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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