Mickey Mouse vs Deadmau5

Canadian music producer and performer Joel Zimmerman is better known by his stage name deadmau5 (pronounced “dead mouse”). His music has been included in video games such as Grand Theft Auto, Saints Row, Need for Speed, GoldenEye 007, Wipeout 2048, The...

The Yummy Mummy Trademark

Yummy Mummy Maternity brand offers innovative and stylish solutions to keep you looking and feeling your best during pregnancy. Yummy Mummy Maternity is a registered trade mark in South Africa. The Belly Band The Yummy Mummy Tummy is a seamless knit band to be worn...

Chobani Greek Yoghurt’s lawsuit Tweet

Chobani Greek Yoghurt‘s recent tweet caused a copyright infringement lawsuit from Dov Seidman against it’s New York-based Chobani and its advertising agency Droga5. Author Dov Seidman is suing for copyright infringement stemming from an ad campaign that...

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...