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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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Non-conventional Trademarks

A non-conventional or nontraditional trademark is a type of trademark which does not belong to any pre-existing or conventional trademark category. Non-conventional trademarks are often difficult to register, but does fulfill the essential trademark function of...

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Artificial jellyfish made from Rat Heart

An artificial jellyfish called Medusoid was invented by Kit Parker, a biophysicist at Harvard University in Cambridge, and his team of bio-engineers by using silicone and muscle cells from a rat’s heart. Medusoid looks like a flower with eight petals but when it is...

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Hendrik Lorentz

Hendrik Lorentz was born on 18 July 1853 in the Arnhem region of the Netherlands and studied physics and mathematics at the University of Leiden. He was a Dutch physicist who shared the 1902 Nobel Prize in Physics with Pieter Zeeman for the discovery and theoretical...

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The Friday the 13th Franchise

Friday the 13th History Several theories exist about the origin of the superstition. The earliest known documented reference to Friday the 13th occurs in Henry Sutherland Edwards' 1869 biography of Gioachino Rossini, who died on a Friday 13th. It is a modern...

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What Is Physical Phenomena?

Phenomena is a fact or situation that is observed to exist or happen, especially one whose cause or explanation is in question. Physical phenomena is a natural phenomenon involving the physics of matter and energy. Patent law classifies physical phenomena as products...

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The Intermittent Windshield Wiper

The intermittent windshield wiper was an improvement on the already existing windshield wiper which was patented in 1903. The original windshield wiper had only one speed which was very distracting and dangerous while driving in certain conditions. Robert Kearns tried...

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The God Particle

The God Particle (Higgs boson) Physicists working at the the world’s most powerful atom smasher in Switzerland, the Large Hadron Collider, might have discovered what could be the so called God Particle also known as the Higgs boson particle. Rolf Heuer, director of...

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The FedEx Trademark explained

FedEx Corporation is a logistics services company, based in the United States. The FedEx trademark is a syllabic abbreviation of the original name from the air division that was named Federal Express until 2000. The FedEx trademark was designed in 1994 by Lindon...

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The Ferrari Trademark explained

Enzo Anselmo Ferrari was born on 18 February 1898 in Modena, Italy and was an Italian race car driver and entrepreneur. He founded the Scuderia Ferrari Grand Prix motor racing team and of manufactured the Ferrari car. At the age of 10 and seeing 1908 Circuit di...

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South African girl wins International Science Expo

South African girl wins International Science Expo Chené Mostert from Hoërskool Ladysmith in KwaZulu-Natal invented a sterilization appliance for toothbrushes after she tested 150 different toothbrushes and found more than 100 different types of bacteria that grew on...

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How to protect your Copyright

In South Africa there is no official form of copyright registration. All original work is protected by copyright from the moment it is set in physical format. So how do you protect your copyright? You need to prove that you are the creator of the work and you need...

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Trademark Registrations in Africa

Trademarks distinguish your goods or services from others and are registered in terms of the South African Trade marks Act No 194 of 1993.  Trade Mark registrations are subject to certain requirements and should be renewed indefinitely, thereby ensuring the continuity...

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Registered Designs

A registered design protects the appearance of art, unlike a patent which protects the underlying invention on which an article is based. The appearance of an object may be protected by way of a South African Registered Design. South African registered designs are...

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Patent Requirements in South Africa

Patent Requirements: A South African patent may be granted for an invention that is new (novel), inventive and useful. Novelty can never be determined conclusively, but an indication of the novelty of your invention may be found by conducting a patent search. South...

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Intellectual Property – Namibia

Namibia is a member of ARIPO which means that patents, designs or trademarks may be registered with the official intellectual property office of Namibia or with ARIPO which requires the applicant to choose the specific member states where protection is required. ARIPO...

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Eugene Polley dies at age 96

Eugene Polley, inventor of the wireless remote control has died of natural causes at the age of 96. His 1955 invention called the Flash-Matic forever changed the way consumers would watch television. His death was announced by the Zenith Electronics Corporation, where...

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The Zipper Invention

In 1917 Electrical engineer Gideon Sundback invented the zipper. He was born on 24 April 1880. When he finished his studies in Sweden, he moved to Germany and studied at the polytechnic school in Bingen am Rhein where he took his engineer exam. In 1905 Gideon Sundback...

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