Design Rights: Functionality and Scope of Protection

Design Rights: Functionality and Scope of Protection Read Wessel van Wyk and Kimberley Rose Smith’s contributions to the book published by Kluwer Law International and edited by Christopher V. Carani. Wessel van Wyk and Kimberley Rose Smith contributed to the...

Intellectual Property Law

Intellectual property law in South Africa refers to all legislation concerning patents, designs, trademarks and copyright protection. It is meant to protect the intellectual property of legal entities, as intellectual property can also carry significant value and is...

Industrial Designs

What is an industrial design? An industrial design is the ornamental or aesthetic aspect of an article. The design may consist of three-dimensional features, such as the shape or surface of an article, or of two-dimensional features, such as patterns, lines or...

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...

Henrik Fisker

Henrik Fisker was born on 10 August 1963 in Denmark. He is a leading automobile designer and CEO of Fisker Coachbuild. Henrik Fisker graduated from the California’s Art Center College of Design in 1989 in Switzerland. He is best known for the designs of the...

Design Applications

Design applications don’t have not be complicated although the various terms and conditions may become confusing. A South African registered design protects the appearance of an article, unlike a patent which protects the underlying invention on which an article...

Enforceability of a Registered Design

An enforceable right is only obtained once a design has been registered. A design is only registered by the South African Designs Office a few months after filing of the design application. You do not have an enforceable right until such time as you have received...
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