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.africa domain success

.africa domain success

Trademark owners have shown great interest in the new .africa geographic Top Level Domain (gTLD). dotAfrica (.africa) is the new generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) for the African continent. The...

INTA 2017 Barcelona

INTA 2017 Barcelona

We are pleased to announce that the Smit & Van Wyk team will be attending the INTA Annual Meeting in Barcelona, Spain from 20 – 24 May 2017. Most of the INTA meeting events will be held at the...

UPC Announcements

UPC Announcements

UPC (Unified Patent Court)A single patent court covering 25 countries. January 16, 2017 - The Unified Patent Court (UPC) preparatory committee has announced that the UPC would become operational...

Law Society of the Northern Provinces

Law Society of the Northern Provinces

The Law Society of the Northern Provinces (LSNP) is the statutory body governing the attorneys profession in the Gauteng, Mpumalanga, North West and Limpopo Provinces. The Law Society however is not...

Lucasfilm Trademark Lawsuit

Lucasfilm Trademark Lawsuit

The Lucasfilm Trademark Lawsuit against New York Jedi and Lightsaber Academy October 2016. Lucasfilm filed a lawsuit for trademark infringement against the owner of New York Jedi and Lightsaber...

The Samsung Trademark

The Samsung Trademark

Samsung Electronics (styled as SΛMSUNG) is a South Korean multinational electronics company from South Korea. Samsung Electronics is the flagship division of the Samsung Group, accounting for 70% of...

The Stapler Invention

The Stapler Invention

A stapler is a device that joins pages by driving a metal staple through the paper and folding the ends. It can also be used to join human or animal tissue together with surgical staples to close a...

gTool PenDriver

gTool PenDriver

gTool is the leading tooling brand committed to innovation in the mobile and cell repair industry. PenDriver is the worlds first artificial intelligent screwdriver that is able to think...

Brexit effects on Intellectual Property

Brexit effects on Intellectual Property

A portmanteau of the words “Britain” and “exit,” it is the nickname for a British exit of the European Union. The UK refers to the union of what were once four separate nations: England,...

Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property

Intellectual property refers to all legislation concerning patents, designs, trademarks and copyright protection. It is meant to protect the intellectual property of legal entities, as...

Database Rights

Database Rights

European Union law In European Union law, a database protection is a legal right, that was introduced in 1996. Database rights are specifically coded laws on the copying and dissemination of...

Domain Name Infringement

Domain Name Infringement

Trademarks serve to distinguish companies, goods, and services from competitors, and domain names provide unique identification on the Internet. With millions of companies competing for the...

CIPC

CIPC

Companies and Intellectual Property Commission The Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) was established through the amalgamation of the Office of Companies and Intellectual Property...

Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA)

Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA)

The Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA) is a South African Internet industry body and a voluntary organisation, representing the interests of its members. The Internet Service Providers...

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

The Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) includes dispute resolution processes and techniques that act as a means for disagreeing parties to come to an agreement short of litigation. The Alternative...

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