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Aesthetic vs Functional Designs

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...

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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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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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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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