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...

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...

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...

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...