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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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Rooibos Trade Mark Dispute

Once again South Africa finds itself in a dispute over the Rooibos Geographical Indication trademark. A French company is trying to register the trademark "Rooibos" in France, and will be able to do os if the South African government doesn't register the Geographical...

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What is a Patent?

A patent is a form of intellectual property that offers patent owners exclusive rights to use and exploit their invention. Once the owner of an invention has been granted a patent in any particular country, they then have the legal authority to exclude others from ...

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Why Patent your Invention?

Patents protect inventions, how they work, what they do, what they are made of and how they are made. A Patent gives the owner the right to prevent others from exploiting their invention without permission. Your invention can be exploited by others who copy, make,...

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Do consumers have the right to resell music?

ReDigi.com is a website where you can buy pre-owned music from other users or sell your own pre-owned music straight from the users' Cloud space. The system is set up in a way that allows users to buy and sell pre-owned digital music direct from one user to another,...

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Patent Trolls

What are Patent Trolls? Patent trolls are people or companies that own patents portfolios and simply license the patents to other entities rather than produce the products themselves, and then they usually sue companies that do not agree to their licensing terms....

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Facebook Copyright Hoax

Have you recently seen copyright notices on some of your friends' Facebook updates? They claim to prevent Facebook from owning or commercially exploiting their photos, videos and other content. The copyright notice implies that Facebook has recently changed the...

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Franchise Attorneys

Franchise attorneys deal with all legal aspects between franchisors and franchises. The business that starts the franchise is the franchisor and will license its trade name, operating methods and intellectual property to the franchisees. If you are the franchisor you...

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Apple gets new Patent: Universal Batteries

Apple's patent application for a universal battery system has been approved. The patent application was filed in March 2010 and described as a “method and system for recharging batteries for wireless electronic devices”. The patent describes a system that could have...

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Southern African Young Scientists Summer Program (SA-YSSP)

The Minister of Science and Technology officially launched the Southern African Young Scientists Summer Program (SA-YSSP) in November 2011.  The National Research Foundation (NRF) in collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology has developed a novel and...

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Michael Jackson Copyright Lawsuit

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 estate for...

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UK Olympics 2012 Brand Police

During the 2012 Olympics 300 officials in purple uniforms called the brand police roamed the streets of the UK looking for any signs of ambush marketing. The brand police monitored any activities that could have offended the official sponsors like McDonalds, Adidas,...

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Polo Trademarks

Polo Trademarks 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...

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Facebook Summons

August 2012 Kwazulu-Natal Judge Esther Steyn made legal history in South Africa when she allowed a legal notice (Facebook Summons) to be served on a Ramsgate resident via his Facebook page. Judge Steyn ruled that the individual from Ramsgate could be served with a...

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Apple vs Samsung Lawsuit

Case Number: 11-01846 Apple vs. Samsung Location: U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Judge: Lucy Koh Jury: Judge Lucy Koh interviewed 74 candidates to find the final 10 jurors that will have to decide on all the patent claims between Apple...

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