Bowman Gilfillan merge with Adams & Adams

Today Adams & Adams announced the merger with the Intellectual Property practice of Bowman Gilfillan as of 1 March 2012. Bowman Gilfillan incorporated the firms Bowman Gilfillan Hayman Godfrey, Findlay & Tait and the well known specialist IP law form John...

Trademarks & Domain Name Disputes

It has become increasingly important for a business to have a virtual presence in cyberspace. It has therefore become common practice for a business to register its established trade mark as a domain name in order to benefit from the trade mark’s reputation and...

Consumer Protection Act – Franchising

The legal principles of franchising have been long established in South Africa and are based on common law principles.  However with the commencement of the Consumer Protection Act 68 of 2008 and specifically the commencement of the Consumer Protection Regulations in...

About the Franchise Agreement

A franchise agreement is in essence not defined in separate category of law, but is governed by existing law of contracts.  More specifically, a franchise agreement is a licence agreement whereby certain intellectual property is licensed by a franchisor to a...

Franchise Agreements and Competition Act

Many well known South Africa franchises are based on long running agreements between franchisors and franchisees.  Portions of these agreements or, in some cases, the full agreements may very soon be found to be invalid because they may be found to be contrary to...

Who is the Inventor?

The term “inventor” is not defined in the South African Patents Act. It can however be assumed that an inventor is a person that makes an invention that qualifies as an invention in terms of the Patents Act. Taking into account what the requirements of...