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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...