ANC vs ADeC Logo

Since the African Democratic Change (ADeC) emerged as a new political party in South Africa it’s ADeC logo has drawn much attention because of its similarities to that of the ANC logo. The similarities included the use of the black, green and yellow colour...

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...

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...

Cybersquatting and Passing Off Domain Names

There is a difference between cybersquatting and passing off domain names. Cybersquatting: a company registers a domain name without the intention to use it. The only reason for registering the domain name is to prevent others from registering a name. If you are thus...