Spoor and Fisher Spoor-and-Fisher http://www.spoor.com/home/Spoor-and-Fisher-25.xml Spoor & Fisher Jersey: new Zambia trade mark, patent and design charges effective 20 August 2014 With immediate effect, due to the enactment of Statutory Instrument No. 8 of 2014, all fees payable to PACRA (Patents and Companies Registration Agency) have been increased. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=522 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=522 2014-08-26 00:00:00 ARIPO Working Group meeting on the amendment of the Banjul Protocol The African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) was established under the Lusaka Agreement of 1976. Its objective was to provide centralised registration of patents and industrial designs and to promote harmonisation of intellectual property legislation. Trade mark registration was not catered for until the Banjul Trade Marks Protocol came into effect in 1997. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=520 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=520 2014-08-21 00:00:00 Tshepo Shabangu to represent the LSSA at the IBA Spoor & Fisher partner and trade mark specialist Tshepo Shabangu has been appointed as a representative of the Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) at the International Bar Association ( IBA ) and, as her first duty, she will be attending the 2014 IBA conference in Tokyo. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=519 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=519 2014-08-18 00:00:00 Spoor & Fisher counsel among the Who’s Who Legal for 2014 It is no small accolade to be counted among “The Most Highly Regarded Individuals” in the 2014 Who’s Who Legal marketplace analysis. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=518 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=518 2014-08-08 00:00:00 Patent developments between Europe and North Africa - Validation of European patents imminent in Morocco and Tunisia It is interesting to note that collaboration between Europe and Africa has been increasing in recent years including the signing of various agreements relating to Intellectual Property. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=517 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=517 2014-08-01 00:00:00 NIGERIA - More Stringent Procedures in Trade Mark Applications Time limit to respond to Official Actions The Nigerian Registrar of Trademarks (and Patents and Designs) is conducting a campaign to tighten up procedures throughout the Registry. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=516 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=516 2014-07-23 00:00:00 7th Annual Innovation Summit Innovation drives the knowledge economy – and that is why Spoor & Fisher is proud to be the IP sponsor for the upcoming 7th Annual SA Innovation Summit. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=515 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=515 2014-07-17 00:00:00 South Sudan - Trade Mark Rights and Practices Since the Republic of South Sudan gained full independence from Sudan on 9 July 2011, there have been doubts about the possibility of trade mark registrations and their enforceability. This is due to the absence of a national law and the fact that Sudanese trade mark registrations no longer apply to South Sudan. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=514 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=514 2014-06-27 00:00:00 Trade Marks in Ethiopia: EXTENSION TO RE-REGISTRATION DEADLINE The Ethiopian Registry has confirmed to Spoor & Fisher that it was agreed to extend the deadline for the re-registration of trade marks filed prior to 7 July 2006 for a further six month period. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=513 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=513 2014-06-18 10:32:26 South Africa - Draft Regulations relating to the Labelling and Advertising of Foods: Amendment published for public comment The current Regulations relating to Labelling and Advertising of Foodstuffs (No. R. 146) came into force during March 2012. Just more than two years down the line, the Department of Health has now published proposed new Regulations, which we anticipate will ultimately replace the Regulation 146. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=512 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=512 2014-06-18 09:42:04 Trade mark renewals in Gambia: re-classification The Gambian Registry has advised that trade mark applications/registrations filed under the old Trade Marks Act (i.e. before 2 April 2007) must now be re-classified from the old British to the International classification (9th Edition) on renewal. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=510 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=510 2014-06-04 00:00:00 ProBono.Org acknowledges S&F contribution Spoor & Fisher takes its social responsibilities very seriously and pro bono work is one of the ways in which it puts the principal into action. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=509 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=509 2014-06-02 00:00:00 Trademark removed from register due to owner's "unethical" behaviour In Reynolds Presto Products Inc v PRS Mediterranean Limited, the High Court was called upon to decide whether a registered trademark should be removed from the Register. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=507 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=507 2014-05-28 00:00:00 Supreme Court of Appeal: no passing off in STAR case In Pioneer Foods v Bothaville Milling (215/2013) [2014] ZASCA 6 (12 March 2014), the Supreme Court of Appeal was called upon to decide whether Bothaville Milling’s use of the STAR super maize meal get-up amounted to passing off of Pioneer Foods’ WHITE STAR super maize meal get-up. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=508 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=508 2014-05-28 00:00:00 Democratic Republic of Sào Tomé and Príncipe joins ARIPO With effect from 19 August 2014, the Democratic Republic of Sào Tomé and Príncipe will become a member of ARIPO. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=506 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=506 2014-05-26 00:00:00 Trade Marks in Ethiopia: 23 June deadline and other requirements As previously reported, following publication of the Regulations on 24 December 2012, it is necessary to re-register all trade marks filed prior to 7 July 2006. In addition, trade marks registered between 7 July 2006 and 24 December 2012 must be regularised under the new law by obtaining a certificate reflecting the 7-year term of protection prescribed by the new law. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=505 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=505 2014-04-22 00:00:00 Public Holidays in April and May - SA and Jersey Offices Please note that, due to Public Holidays in April and May, our offices will be closed on the following dates... http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=504 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=504 2014-04-16 16:03:42 Spoor & Fisher receives top tier rating in Chambers For over 20 years, Chambers and Partners has published guides listing and ranking leading law firms around the world. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=501 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=501 2014-03-24 00:00:00 Spoor & Fisher's IP app: now available in various flavours iPhone and iPad users got the first bite of the apple - but with the launch of the Android version, Spoor & Fisher's Africa IP app now caters for the full range of smartphone and tablet flavours. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=499 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=499 2014-03-11 00:00:00 The South African draft IP Policy: Patents and Health in South Africa The long-awaited South African draft National Policy on Intellectual Property (the draft IP Policy) which was published on 4 September 2013 has recently led to an unfortunate furore in the media. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=498 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=498 2014-03-10 00:00:00 MIP places Spoor & Fisher in top tier for 2014 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=496 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=496 2014-03-04 00:00:00 Spoor & Fisher counted among the preferred dealmakers in Africa Intellectual property is an intangible asset with a very real value of ownership. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=495 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=495 2014-01-24 00:00:00 An accolade for 2013 - and a benchmark for the year ahead Aimed at the international corporate market, Acquisition International Magazine is a respected monthly publication with a world-wide readership. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=494 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=494 2014-01-22 00:00:00 Spoor & Fisher launches guide to filing registered designs in Africa Africa is a rapidly emerging market for designer goods due to a surge in consumer spending sparked by economic growth and a growing middle-class. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=493 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=493 2013-12-20 09:11:06 Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Act, 28 of 2013 published The Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Act, 28 of 2013 (IPLAA) was assented to by the President and published in the Government Gazette on 10 December 2013, marking the penultimate step in the implementation of IPLAA. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=492 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=492 2013-12-12 10:33:13 Delays at Mozabican Registry | News | Spoor and Fisher We are experiencing severe delays at the Mozambican Registry that spans over all the areas of IP. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=489 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=489 2013-11-25 00:00:00 Best Lawyers of 2013 | News | Spoor and Fisher Spoor & Fisher trio in Best Lawyer listings for 2013 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=490 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=490 2013-11-25 00:00:00 Complementary Medicines Amended Regulations | News | Spoor and Fisher The much anticipated amendment to the General Regulations Made in Terms of the Medicines and Related Substances Act 101 of 1965, was published in the Government Gazette on 15 November 2013. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=488 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=488 2013-11-19 00:00:00 Trade Mark Renewals in Rwanda | News | Spoor and Fisher Existing trade mark registrations under the Rwanda Law 31/2009 on the Protection of Intellectual Property (the Law) are scheduled for renewal in 2019. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=487 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=487 2013-11-15 00:00:00 Spoor & Fisher proudly supports Dr IM Monare Primary School The children of Dr IM Monare Primary School in Mamelodi gathered with giggles and laughter on their school porch for the opening of the reading room on 4 October 2013. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=486 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=486 2013-11-01 00:00:00 Copyright Surrounding Creative Work Done By Agencies A number of noteworthy copyright principles apply where design agencies devise creative works for its clients. These include the legality of the works created by the agencies as well as rights which they acquire therein. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=485 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=485 2013-10-30 00:00:00 The Blind Side of Shelf Companies Many business people purchase a shelf company as a cheap and quick method of obtaining a registered company. Often this is done without realising the consequences of the new landscape brought about by the Companies Act, 71 of 2008 (the new Act) with regards to the different types of companies and the powers of its functionaries in terms of the new prescribed standard memoranda of incorporation (MOI’s). http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=484 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=484 2013-10-03 00:00:00 APP Store Saga Shows How to Pick a Trade Mark When choosing a trade mark businesses often prefer descriptive marks that inform consumers about the nature or purpose of a product. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=483 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=483 2013-10-01 00:00:00 More patents than the space shuttle A German luxury vehicle manufacturer attracted a lot of attention in 2006, when it advertised that it had filed 9,621 patents during the development of its new model A6 sedan compared with NASA's 6,509 for the space shuttle. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=479 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=479 2013-08-28 10:56:12 Spoor & Fisher brings IP to your iPad and iPhone The intellectual property profile of Africa now fits in the palm of your hand with the Spoor & Fisher powerful, user-friendly IP App. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=476 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=476 2013-08-20 11:52:39 Supplementing your supplements The question of what really goes into supplements cannot be answered by looking at the label; this creates serious health risks for users and difficulties for professional athletes, both issues which must be addressed immediately. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=474 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=474 2013-08-14 11:32:08 What's in a name? L'Affaire Rooibos... Recent developments in France indicate that rooibos tea may urgently require greater protection in the intellectual property arena http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=473 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=473 2013-08-01 00:00:00 Interior Designers, Take Note! This recent move by Apple Inc. to get intellectual property protection for their store layout has drawn interest from all corners of the world. Although Apple Inc. was not the first company to look to registered intellectual property rights to prevent their competitors from copying the look and feel of their retail stores, this move by them appears to have sparked a renewed interest in the possibility of obtaining protection for interior designs. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=472 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=472 2013-07-25 00:00:00 The landrush is on in Gabon cyberspace Although Internet penetration in Africa is currently pegged at only around 16 percent, the growth rate over the past decade has been some 3000 percent. This means that trade mark owners, especially those doing business in Africa, ignore developments in the continents cyberspace environment at their peril. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=469 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=469 2013-06-26 00:00:00 Indian Supreme Court places clarity on the concept of "evergreening" of drug patents The Indian Supreme Court on April 1, 2013 denied a patent for the Novartis breakthrough drug Glivec (Imatinib mesylate). http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=467 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=467 2013-06-13 00:00:00 Ongoing delays experienced when lodging annual returns and the requirement to lodge audited financial statements with the CIPC In terms of the Companies Act of 2008 and the Close Corporations Act of 1984, all registered companies, external companies and close corporations have to file their annual returns with the CIPC within the prescribed time period. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=465 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=465 2013-05-22 00:00:00 Navigating the Intellectual Property Regime in Ethiopia The new trade mark law entered into force in Ethiopia on 24 December 2012, creating a new regime for the registration and enforcement of trade mark rights. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=464 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=464 2013-05-17 00:00:00 Regulations regarding the classification, packing and marking of edible ices intended for sale in the Republic of South Africa Edible ices include products such as ice cream, frozen yoghurt and sorbet.The products are classified in terms of regulation 4 and must comply with the relevant standards stipulated. For example, frozen fruit sorbet means an aerated and frozen product consisting of mainly water and sugars and shall contain at least 15% (m/m) fruit.Requirements have also been prescribed for the containers of edible ices under regulation 5 and the products must be marked with standard particulars set out in regulation 6. These particulars include basic information such as the country of origin of the product, an ingredients list and the name and address of the manufacturer. These particulars conform to the regulations of the Foodstuffs, Cosmetics and Disinfectants Act, 1972. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=463 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=463 2013-05-16 00:00:00 Exploitation without the imitation - Protecting your goodwill through The ASA In the modern economy of today, advertising is an essential vehicle through which a trade mark proprietor promotes a brand and aims to increase awareness of the brand in the minds of the public. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=462 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=462 2013-05-09 00:00:00 Public Holiday Closure The 9th of May 2013 is a Public Holiday in Jersey and the Spoor & Fisher Jersey office will be closed on this day. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=461 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=461 2013-05-08 00:00:00 The Comoros Join OAPI The Union of the Comoros will become a full member of OAPI (African Intellectual Property Organisation) as of 25 May 2013. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=460 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=460 2013-05-03 00:00:00 IP specialist law firm Spoor & Fisher scoops major accolades Boutique law firm Spoor & Fisher scooped major legal laurels in 2013, receiving top honours both locally and internationally. The awards, instituted by respected publications and research organisations recognise excellence in the legal profession and celebrate luminaries. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=459 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=459 2013-04-29 00:00:00 World Intellectual Property Day celebrates the power of creativity World Intellectual Property Day will be celebrated on April the 26th and the theme for 2013 is: Creativity: the next generation http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=458 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=458 2013-04-25 00:00:00 Spoor & Fisher and Spoor & Fisher Jersey - Public Holiday Closures Please note that, due to Public Holidays, our offices will be closed on the following dates http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=451 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=451 2013-04-23 00:00:00 Libyan Trade Mark Office resumes operations The Libyan Trade Mark Office has resumed operations after two years of inactivity due to civil war followed by a period of on-going administrative issues. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=457 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=457 2013-04-23 00:00:00 Traditional Knowledge: Will Wilmots Bill make law? On 9 April 2013 the Protection of Traditional Knowledge Bill, 2013 was published in the Government Gazette. The Bill was introduced to the National Assembly on 5 March 2013 by Wilmot James, MP. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=450 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=450 2013-04-22 00:00:00 ICANN launches Clearinghouse for trade mark listings Two years ago, ICANN (International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) announced a major reform of the Internet domain name - endings - also known as generic top-level domains or gTLDs http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=449 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=449 2013-04-19 00:00:00 Gift Sibanda - a man who has lived up to his name in the African IP domain Gift Sibanda - a man who has lived up to his name in the African IP domain http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=447 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=447 2013-04-15 00:00:00 The SA Department of Health - worth its salt The Minister of Health, Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi, has recently signed into law the Regulations Relating to the Reduction of Sodium in Certain Foodstuffs and Related Matters made under the Foodstuffs, Cosmetics and Disinfectants Act 54 of 1972. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=448 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=448 2013-04-15 00:00:00 Governance of small companies made easy The old Companies, Act 61 of 1973, was designed primarily to cater for the requirements of large companies and it generally ignored the economic and administrative difficulties faced by small businesses. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=446 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=446 2013-04-10 00:00:00 Expected New Trade Mark Law in the British Virgin Islands Following a comprehensive review of the existing trade mark laws of the British Virgin Islands http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=445 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=445 2013-03-28 00:00:00 Ethiopia - timetable for trade mark re-registration As previously advised, the Ethiopian Intellectual Property Office, EIPO, has issued a Directive confirming that all old-system cautionary notice registrations filed before the effective date of the Proclamation, 7 July 2006, are no longer effective... http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=444 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=444 2013-03-26 00:00:00 Public Holiday Closure The 21st of March is a Public Holiday in South Africa and the Spoor & Fisher offices in South Africa will be closed. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=443 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=443 2013-03-20 00:00:00 Decision raises bar for proving similarity between goods and/or services An appeal by the Foschini Group - the proprietor in South Africa of the trade mark DUE SOUTH in various classes - to overturn a decision by the Registrar of Trade Marks to accept applications by Jan Frederick Coetzee for registration of the trade mark DUE-SOUTH & DEVICE. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=441 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=441 2013-03-14 00:00:00 Supreme Court interdicts Pepkor from copying adidas famous THREE STRIPE mark The Supreme Court of Appeal recently handed down a judgment in terms of which Pepkor was interdicted from infringing the well-known adidas THREE STRIPE trademark. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=442 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=442 2013-03-14 00:00:00 Expected New Trade Mark Law in the British Virgin Islands Following a comprehensive review of the existing trade mark laws of the British Virgin Islands, we await the publication of the Proclamation in the Government Gazette to implement the new Trade Marks Act of 2013. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=440 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=440 2013-03-11 00:00:00 Spoor & Fisher welcomes Jacky He to the team Spoor & Fisher is pleased to announce that Mr Jacky He has joined the firm as a candidate attorney. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=438 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=438 2013-02-27 00:00:00 Thousands of Randelas wasted on Pointless Randela Trade Marks Defining what constitutes a trade mark can be difficult, especially when dealing with unusual trade marks such as single colours, sounds and scents, which explains the need for specialist trade mark attorneys. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=437 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=437 2013-02-18 00:00:00 New Trade Mark Law in Ethiopia - further information As an update to our earlier newsflash, dated 15 January, The Ethiopian Intellectual Property Office (EIPO) has since issued Directives which have clarified a number of key issues regarding the new trade mark law that came into effect on 24 December 2012. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=436 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=436 2013-02-12 00:00:00 MIP survey gives Spoor & Fisher top tier status in the South African patents arena The IP survey conducted by Managing Intellectual Property is described as the industry s biggest, oldest and most detailed analysis of the leading patent firms worldwide. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=435 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=435 2013-02-08 00:00:00 Administrative Name Protection Withdrawn In July 2010 and again in February 2011 the Companies and Intellectual Property Registration Office, as it then was, carried out bulk deregistrations of companies and close corporations that had failed to lodge their annual returns for a period of two successive years or longer. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=433 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=433 2013-02-07 00:00:00 Regulations Relating to Food Stuffs for Infants and Young Children Issued in South Africa on 6 December 2012 According to the The World Health Organisation (WHO), there is a close link between social and economic development and infant and young child nutrition http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=432 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=432 2013-02-05 00:00:00 Questions and Answers: Botswana and Madrid - 2013 A few practical considerations Botswana is a stable democracy with an excellent track record of governance and has topped the list of the worlds fastest growing economies since attaining independence in 1966. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=430 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=430 2013-01-18 00:00:00 New Trade Mark Law in Ethiopia On 24 December 2012, the implementing Regulation needed to give effect to the 2006 Trademark Registration and Protection Proclamation in Ethiopia was published, bringing into force a new, orthodox, trade mark regime for the registration and enforcement of trade mark rights. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=431 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=431 2013-01-15 00:00:00 Kingdom of Morocco acceptance of termination of the London Act of The Hague Agreement The Kingdom of Morocco deposited its instrument of acceptance of the termination of the London Act of the Hague Agreement with WIPO on 4 December 2012. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=428 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=428 2013-01-04 00:00:00 Morocco - major increase in official fees for trade marks, patents and designs Morocco - major increase in official fees for trade marks, patents and designs http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=427 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=427 2012-12-18 00:00:00 ARIPO 36th Session Administrative Council and Council of Ministers Meetings in Zanzibar, United Republic of Tanzania ARIPO held its 36th Session Administrative Council and Council of Ministers Meetings in Zanzibar, United Republic of Tanzania. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=424 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=424 2012-12-04 00:00:00 ARIPO appointment of new Director General for 2013 At the ARIPO THIRTY-SIXTH SESSION of the ARIPO Administrative Council meetings held in Zanzibar, United Republic of Tanzania this week, Fernando dos Santos was appointed as the new ARIPO Director General. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=423 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=423 2012-11-28 00:00:00 China recognises Napa Valley as a geographical indicator It has recently been announced that the Napa Valley has been granted geographical indicator (GI) status by the People%u2019s Republic of China, making it the first wine region outside China to be granted this recognition. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=420 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=420 2012-11-14 00:00:00 New Trade Mark Law Comes into Effect in Montserrat The implementing Regulations for the Trademarks Act (Cap15:23) 2002 came into effect on 1 November 2012. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=421 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=421 2012-11-14 00:00:00 Making a difference is a reward in itself - S&F nominated for TrustLaw award The term pro bono has come to be understood as something done as an act of charity or simply %u201Cfor free%u201D but this is to ignore the full form and meaning of the Latin tag pro bono publico %u2013 meaning %u201Cfor the public good%u201D. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=419 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=419 2012-10-18 00:00:00 The GAP Widens in South Africa Over the last decade or so litigation over ownership of the GAP trade mark in South Africa has been a recurring event in South African courts. The latest tussle culminated in a judgment by the Supreme Court Appeal which has developed the way we think about the concept of trade mark use. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=416 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=416 2012-09-12 00:00:00 DLA Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr and Spoor & Fisher enter into strategic agreement DLA Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr has entered into a strategic agreement with Spoor & Fisher. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=411 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=411 2012-09-07 00:00:00 BMW and the Art of Registered Designs BMW AG took on a spare parts manufacturer, Grandmark International, for alleged infringement of their registered designs. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=413 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=413 2012-09-06 00:00:00 Africa and the Hague Agreement An area of commerce which tests all areas of law, intellectual property being no exception, is the ever increasing and developing field of e-commerce. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=414 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=414 2012-09-06 00:00:00 New Industrial Property Legislation in Botswana The long awaited Botswana Industrial Property Act no. 8 of 2010 finally came into force on 31 August 2012, following the publication of Statutory Instrument No 69 of 2012, citing its commencement date. The same Government Gazette also contained the Industrial Property Regulations of 2012. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=415 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=415 2012-09-06 00:00:00 Licensing of Trade Marks in Africa All jurisdictions in Africa permit the licensing of trade marks and make provision for the recordal of licensees. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=410 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=410 2012-08-21 00:00:00 Defensive trade marks in Africa Defensive registrations offer clear and certain rights to well-known marks. In Africa, defensive trade mark registrations can be very useful in preventing third parties from attempting to register well-known marks for goods and services. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=409 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=409 2012-08-16 00:00:00 New Industrial Property Law in Djibouti Although it has been possible to file trade mark and design applications in Djibouti, patent owners were not able to obtain patent rights as there was no patent legislation in Djibouti. With effect from 9 June 2012, it is now possible to file patent applications in Djibouti. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=407 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=407 2012-08-06 00:00:00 Counterfeiting - the perceived victimless crime In South Africa counterfeiting is perceived to be a victimless crime, one that is viewed as an open opportunity for the public to get a hold of a brand, be it adidas, PUMA, D&G or any other name brand or product at a cheap price. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=404 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=404 2012-08-03 00:00:00 Can you recognise/see/find the IP in entrepreneurship Entrepreneurs are considered to be sharp-witted people who create or recognise opportunities and are well-positioned to take advantage of them. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=405 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=405 2012-08-03 00:00:00 What engineers need to know about copyright Copyright is not just for artists. While it can apply to products of craftsmanship or the performing arts, it can also apply to works created in an engineering context, like computer programs and engineering drawings. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=406 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=406 2012-08-03 00:00:00 Can you keep a secret? Most businesses make use of some form of trade secret/s in their daily operations. Almost any confidential information which provides a company with a competitive advantage could be a trade secret. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=403 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=403 2012-08-01 00:00:00 Grey Goods - It is a Package Deal This article briefly discusses the key provisions of the Consumer Protection Act No. 68 of 2008 (CPA) relating to grey goods, in comparison to the corresponding clauses of the preceding statute. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=408 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=408 2012-07-31 00:00:00 As Europe falters, IP in Africa ramps up In the wake of the debt crisis in Europe, the business world is looking at emerging markets in the developing world with renewed interest. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=402 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=402 2012-07-02 00:00:00 Djibouti - major increase in official fees for trade mark registrations A new scale of official fees has been introduced. Despite strong objections and lobbying from practitioners, the official fees have been set at a very high level. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=400 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=400 2012-06-26 00:00:00 Zambia: Unregistered Trade Marks do not Provide Grounds for Opposition The Supreme Court of Zambia announced that a trade mark application in Zambia may not be opposed on the basis of an earlier, similar, but unregistered trade mark; even if that earlier trade mark is well-known. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=401 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=401 2012-06-26 00:00:00 Assignment of Intellectual Property from South Africa to an off-shore Entity It has now, once again, become necessary for foreign exchange approval to be obtained when intellectual property is sold to an off-shore entity. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=399 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=399 2012-06-19 00:00:00 Plant Breeders Rights in Zambia In the absence of Regulations, the Zambian Seed Control and Certification Institute was unable to accept and process applications for Plant Breeders Rights. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=398 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=398 2012-06-11 00:00:00 Can you recognise/see/find the IP in entrepreneurshIP? Many entrepreneurs are unaware that intellectual property can assist them in serving as business security. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=395 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=395 2012-06-06 00:00:00 Territoriality of trade marks : Which way is the polo horse running? In the New Balance case discussed last month the Supreme Court of Appeal also re-affirmed the principle of territoriality of trade marks. New Balance, having failed to prove relevant use of its P-F FLYERS and P-F trade marks in South Africa, had tried to rely on its overseas reputation in arguing that Mr Dajee had no bona fide claim to proprietorship of his POSTURE FOUNDATION trade mark in South Africa. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=396 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=396 2012-06-06 00:00:00 Following the paper trail to prove relevant use: New Balance Athletic Shoe Inc v Dajee NO (251/11) [2012] ZASCA 3 The Supreme Court of Appeal went on to find that the evidence advanced by New Balance was insufficient to carry the burden of proof required to defend the trade marks under attack. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=397 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=397 2012-06-06 00:00:00 What the new labeling legislation means for businesses and consumers The new regulations relating to the Labelling and Advertising of Foodstuffs aims to create a specific standard for informing consumers about the ingredients in foodstuffs. However, many manufacturers are expressing frustration in complying with the new laws. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=394 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=394 2012-05-11 00:00:00 Plant Breeders Rights in Tanzania (Tanzania - Mainland and Zanzibar) Looking at plant breeders rights in Tanzania http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=392 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=392 2012-04-26 00:00:00 To publish or not to publish, that is the question. The perils of publishing before applying for a patent http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=388 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=388 2012-04-19 00:00:00 Can Food Recipes be Patented in South Africa? Looking at the possibility of patenting a recipe http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=389 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=389 2012-04-19 00:00:00 Highest court recognises patients' rights to choose medicine Adcock and Cipla in trade mark battle http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=390 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=390 2012-04-19 00:00:00 Africa and the Hague Agreement - Tunisia Joins the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement The Republic of Tunisia deposited its Instrument of Accession to the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=387 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=387 2012-04-04 00:00:00 Following the paper trail to prove relevant use: New Balance Athletic Shoe Inc v Dajee NO (251/11) [2012] ZASCA 3 This matter relates to an appeal, by New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc (%u201CNew Balance%u201D), against a decision by the Registrar of Trade Marks http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=385 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=385 2012-03-30 00:00:00 Public Outcry Against US Bill Felt Across The Globe Looking at the reaction to the SOPA and PIPA bills http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=381 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=381 2012-02-20 00:00:00 Intellectual property law and how it applies to sport events Intellectual law and its relationship to major sporting events http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=382 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=382 2012-02-20 00:00:00 Advertising Standards Authority Orders Retailer to Withdraw Use of Advertising Slogan Woolworths and Frankies go head to head http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=383 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=383 2012-02-20 00:00:00 Spoor & Fisher opens new office in OAPI We are delighted to announce the opening of our new local office in OAPI: Spoor & Fisher OAPI. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=379 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=379 2012-01-24 00:00:00 New hands at the helm keep Spoor & Fisher on course Partners chose Nolwazi Gcaba as the best candidate to steer the firm through the year ahead. This is a double first: Nolwazi is the first woman and the first black person to hold this position in the firm. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=378 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=378 2012-01-19 00:00:00 Recipe plagiarism tough to prove Trying to patent a recipe http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=375 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=375 2011-11-22 00:00:00 LIBYA - Update Update on the state of the Patents and Trademarks office in Tripoli http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=374 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=374 2011-11-21 00:00:00 The great pharmaceutical patent debate Considering the different perspectives on pharmaceutical patents http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=373 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=373 2011-11-18 00:00:00 Libyan Registry Safe and Well The Office of the Intellectual Property Division in Tripoli was not damaged during the recent fighting http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=369 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=369 2011-09-30 00:00:00 The Republic of South Sudan: Intellectual property rights - more questions than answers Sudanese patents and trade mark registrations are not recognised in South Sudan. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=370 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=370 2011-09-30 00:00:00 Complementary and alternative medicines to be regulated - but definitions cause confusion South Africa represents a multi-million rand market for complementary and alternative medicines %u2013 but currently these products are not regulated by the Medicines and Related Substances Act No.101 of 1965 (the Act). http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=368 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=368 2011-09-28 00:00:00 Open Source: Debunking the Myths Intellectual property law and open source explained http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=365 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=365 2011-09-21 00:00:00 Struggling to secure a loan? Consider pledging your intellectual property. How to use your intellectual property to secure a loan http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=366 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=366 2011-09-21 00:00:00 The New Tradition in Drafting Legislation the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Bill http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=367 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=367 2011-09-21 00:00:00 Recent developments - Libya Libyan branch unharmed http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=363 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=363 2011-09-20 00:00:00 Googles purchase of Motorola Mobility - Giant Patent Bubble or Astute Business? Exploring Googles purchase of Motorola Mobility http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=377 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=377 2011-09-08 00:00:00 Kenya – Imported goods – accelerated clearance but not for counterfeits On 1 August 2011, the Kenya Standard newspaper reported that the Kenya Shippers Council (KSC) have a cunning plan to reduce to three days, the time taken to clear imported goods through the Port of Mombasa. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=361 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=361 2011-08-05 00:00:00 Rwanda Joins ARIPO With effect from 24 September 2011, Rwanda will become a member of ARIPO. Rwanda deposited its Instrument of Accession to ARIPO on the 24th of June 2011 for the Harare Protocol. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=359 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=359 2011-07-28 00:00:00 A rose by any other name would smell just as sweet? The effect of registering a company without a name The Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) has assured business owners that a company can be registered and trade without a company name, http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=358 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=358 2011-07-26 00:00:00 Stellenbosch University Founds Chair of Intellectual Property The University of Stellenbosch has created a Chair of Intellectual Property, named after Anton Mostert, a prominent advocate and legal personality in South Africa. The chair is sponsored by Richemont International and other companies within the group. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=357 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=357 2011-07-21 00:00:00 Dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles – Impact on Intellectual Property Rights The Netherlands Antilles, an autonomous Caribbean country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, was dissolved on 10 October 2010. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=355 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=355 2011-07-18 00:00:00 Warning Labels Proposed for Energy Drinks in South Africa The Minister of Health intends to amend the regulations* relating to soft drinks, specifically those categorised as "formulated caffeinated beverage or cola beverage"; in other words "energy drinks". http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=356 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=356 2011-07-18 00:00:00 Rwanda - Intellectual Property Law Developments Although Rwanda is said to be one of the world's poorest countries, it is among the most forward- and outward looking of developing nations. It joined the Commonwealth in November 2009 and is pursuing a structured policy of economic development. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=354 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=354 2011-07-13 00:00:00 New Regulations to Influence Drug Procurement System in South Africa The Department of Trade and Industry's Industrial Action Policy Action Plan (IPAP) of 2010/11 2012/13 states that public infrastructure investment in excess of R404 billion has been invested from the 2006/7 to 2008/9 period rising to R787 billion for the period of 2009/10 to 2011/12. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=353 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=353 2011-07-07 00:00:00 Tunisia acceptance of termination of the London Act of The Hague Agreement Tunisia acceptance of termination of the London Act of The Hague Agreement http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=351 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=351 2011-06-29 00:00:00 British Virgin Islands 2013 Validity of Service Mark Registrations Reaffirmed British Virgin Islands %u2013 Validity of Service Mark Registrations Reaffirmed http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=352 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=352 2011-06-29 00:00:00 New Labelling Regulations - Trimming The Fat Off Foodstuff Labelling The labelling of food has always been governed by the Foodstuffs, Cosmetics and Disinfectants Act of 1972 and its regulations. These regulations have, however, now been %u201Ctightened up%u201D and modified to keep in line with international trends. As of 1 March 2011, all food labels must have been amended to comply with the new regulations. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=347 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=347 2011-06-24 00:00:00 Adult entertainment's new TLD – an xxx-rated opportunity or headache? http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=346 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=346 2011-06-17 00:00:00 Rwanda joins PCT and The Hague Agreement The Republic of Rwanda became the 144th PCT Contracting State on 31 May 2011. The PCT will enter into force for Rwanda on 31 August 2011 and Rwanda may be designated in PCT International applications as from this date. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=345 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=345 2011-06-17 00:00:00 Use of a Registered Trade Mark, A Closer Look at the Repercussions Everything in business is susceptible to change. Business strategies, company missions and visions may change. Trade marks and slogans also change. What are the repercussions for trade mark owners who do not change their trade marks completely, but merely change the font or delete matter from the trade mark? http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=344 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=344 2011-06-06 00:00:00 Gambia - Industrial Property Law Developments In January 2011, the Gambian Industrial Property Regulations, 2010 ("the Regulations") came into effect. The Regulations incorporate prescribed forms and fees and supplement the Industrial Property Act (Chapter 95:03) ("the Act"). http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=343 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=343 2011-05-25 00:00:00 Validation of European patents soon possible in The Kingdom of Morocco In December 2010 Morocco signed an agreement with the European Patent Office (EPO) for the validation of European patents in Morocco despite the fact that Morocco is not one of the contracting states to the European Patent Convention. At the present time, it is not yet possible to validate a European patent in Morocco. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=342 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=342 2011-05-24 00:00:00 Promotional Competitions must now comply with Consumer Protection Act It is widely acknowledged that South Africa's Consumer Protection Act has far-reaching implications for all sectors of commerce and industry as well as consumers but its impact on promotional competitions has enjoyed less publicity. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=340 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=340 2011-05-19 00:00:00 The Kingdom of Morocco has acceded to the Budapest Treaty On 20 April 2011, the Kingdom of Morocco deposited its instrument of accession to the Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of Microorganisms for the Purposes of Patent Procedure. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=338 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=338 2011-05-10 00:00:00 Spoor & Fisher Wins Intercontinental Finance Magazine Legal Excellence Award Spoor and Fisher, the international intellectual property law firm, which specialises in all aspects of IP law throughout Africa, won the InterContinental Finance Magazine’s Legal Excellence Award in March 2011 for the second year running. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=337 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=337 2011-04-29 00:00:00 Supreme Court Says Trademark Remains even if used as Geographical Indicator The Supreme Court of Appeal in South Africa has ruled that a trademark can still be a trademark even if it serves a dual purpose of also being a descriptive geographical indicator. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=334 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=334 2011-04-12 00:00:00 Spoor & Fisher Cautions: Its Not Open Season on Offshore IP Transfer Post Oilwell Although the Supreme Court ruled in the Oilwell case that transferring IP offshore does not require Exchange Controls Regulations approval, local firms need to exercise caution when relying on this judgment http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=333 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=333 2011-04-11 00:00:00 Launch of Somali Top Level Domain Name (TLD) To all existing domain name clients, we would like to bring the launch of the Somali Top Level Domain Name (TLD) to your attention. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=330 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=330 2011-04-01 00:00:00 Egypt - Increase in patent examination fees the Egyptian Patent Office issued a decision where patent examination fees were increased from 2000 EGP to 7000 EGP http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=328 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=328 2011-03-14 00:00:00 Egypt - Extension of time for filing PCT national phase patent applications no longer available and increase in patent examination fees Egypt was the 121st Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) contracting state and became bound by the PCT on 6 September 2003. The deadline for filing a PCT national phase application in Egypt is 30 months. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=327 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=327 2011-03-11 00:00:00 Deadline for voluntary amendments The South African Patent Office will be closed on 22, 25 and 27 April 2011, which are public holidays in South Africa. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=326 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=326 2011-03-08 00:00:00 Uganda now allows flexible specifications, convention priority claims and service marks Since the recent implementation of new software, the Trade Marks Registry in Uganda has insisted that specifications of goods and services be worded exactly in accordance with the class headings as set out in the 9th edition of the International (Nice) Classification. As a result, acceptance notices have been issued requiring that specifications that deviate from the wording used in the Nice Classification, be changed to reflect the exact wording used in the international class headings - before the application can proceed to advertisement. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=325 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=325 2011-02-25 00:00:00 IP Interests in Libya Due to political turmoil in Libya, the Office of the Intellectual Property Division of the National Bureau for Research and Development has closed until further notice. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=324 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=324 2011-02-23 00:00:00 IP interests in Egypt IP interests in Egypt http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=323 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=323 2011-02-02 00:00:00 Protecting your IP in China partnering a Panda or riding the Tiger? Thanks to a combination of low costs and enormous production capacity, China has become the source-of-choice for brand owners the world over. It can, however, be fatal to assume that simply because your intellectual property is protected in South Africa, the same applies as far as your production partner is concerned. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=321 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=321 2011-01-26 00:00:00 South African Patent Journal now online Spoor & Fisher would like to inform all clients that the South African Companies and Intellectual Property Registration Office (CIPRO) will, as from January 2011, publish an online version of its monthly Patent Journal. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=322 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=322 2011-01-26 00:00:00 Dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles - Impact on Intellectual Property Rights The Netherlands Antilles, an autonomous Caribbean country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, was dissolved on 10 October 2010. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=320 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=320 2011-01-12 00:00:00 PMR again rates Spoor & Fisher No 1 The annual PMR survey has again confirmed what many others have attested year after year: Spoor & Fisher is the No 1 legal practice in the sphere of intellectual property in South Africa. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=316 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=316 2010-11-22 00:00:00 Intellectual Property Law Developments in Zimbabwe The Intellectual Property Tribunal Act, 2001 (Chapter 26:08) and the Trade Marks Amendment Act, 2001 (%u201Cthe 2001 Act%u201D) were brought into operation by statutory instruments on 10 September 2010. This follows a period of nine years when that legislation remained on the back-burner. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=314 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=314 2010-11-08 00:00:00 Exchange Control, Transfer Pricing and Intellectual Property in Africa We write regularly about exchange control regulations impacting transactions and the use of intellectual property in South Africa http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=313 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=313 2010-10-18 00:00:00 Trademarks in Uganda Service marks Now Registrable Service Marks Now Registrable http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=311 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=311 2010-09-30 00:00:00 Chris Bull recognized in Worlds Leading Patent and Technology Licensing Practitioners Chris Bull recognized in Worlds Leading Patent and Technology Licensing Practitioners http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=312 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=312 2010-09-30 00:00:00 Uganda the Trademarks Act 2010 Uganda trademarks were last in the News on this site in June 2009. A letter by the Registrar General announcing introduction of the 9th edition, Nice Classification led to claims that service mark protection had become available in Uganda. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=309 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=309 2010-09-09 00:00:00 The IPR-PFRD Act has come into force The Act was proclaimed in the Government Gazette on 30 July 2010 and declared to come into operation on 2 August 2010. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=307 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=307 2010-08-18 00:00:00 Union of the Comoros - Constitution, Legal Lacuna and Cautionary Notices. There is little IP news from the Comoros, but recently-accessed legal data permit a fresh look at them. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=306 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=306 2010-07-29 00:00:00 Business Methods are Patentable The US Supreme Court issued its anxiously awaited ruling in the case of Bilski vs Kappos yesterday. The case dealt with the allowability of business method patents in the USA and received an inordinate amount of publicity. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=304 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=304 2010-06-30 00:00:00 Ambush Marketing and the FIFA 2010 World Cup Ambush Marketing and the Fifa 2010 World Cup. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=303 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=303 2010-06-29 00:00:00 Ambush Marketing and the FIFA 2010 World Cup Ambush Marketing and the FIFA 2010 World Cup http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=302 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=302 2010-06-18 00:00:00 The Costs of Patenting or not The patent system is in place for the protection of new inventions - to stop others from copying the new ideas and time-consuming and often costly research of an inventor so that the inventor can reap the benefit of his/her work. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=299 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=299 2010-05-19 00:00:00 Egypt Newsflash: Extension of time for filing PCT national phase patent applications Egypt was the 121st Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) contracting state and became bound by the PCT on 6 September 2003. The deadline for filing a PCT national phase application in Egypt is 30 months. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=298 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=298 2010-03-24 00:00:00 Liberia Joins ARIPO With effect from 24 March 2010, Liberia will become a member of ARIPO. Liberia becomes the 16th member state party to the Harare Protocol (patents, industrial designs and utility models) and the 9th member state party to the Banjul Protocol (trademarks). http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=297 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=297 2010-03-12 00:00:00 Liberia Joins ARIPO With effect from 24 March 2010, Liberia will become a member of ARIPO. Liberia becomes the 16th member state party to the Harare Protocol (patents, industrial designs and utility models) and the 9th member state party to the Banjul Protocol (trademarks). http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=305 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=305 2010-03-03 00:00:00 Developments at Spoor and Fisher Intellectual property firm Spoor & Fisher has announced the retirement of Brendan Mullin and Dr Owen Dean, following 42 and 38 years of service with the firm respectively and announcement of a new partner. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=296 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=296 2010-03-01 00:00:00 Exchange Control Ruling on Assignments of Trade Marks A South African High Court decision handed down on 17 February 2010 has ruled that a trade mark assignment entered into without prior exchange control approval from the South African Treasury does not constitute a contravention of South African Exchange Control Regulations. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=295 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=295 2010-02-19 00:00:00 Managing Intellectual Property names Spoor & Fisher as top South African IP law firm - again. Spoor & Fisher has been named South Africas top IP law firm for the third year in a row! http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=294 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=294 2010-02-10 00:00:00 PMR rates Spoor & Fisher No 1 PMR rates Spoor & Fisher No 1 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=293 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=293 2010-01-27 00:00:00 Liberia Joins ARIPO With effect from 24 March 2010, Liberia will become a member of ARIPO. Liberia deposited its Instrument of Accession to ARIPO on the 24th of December 2009 for both the Harare and the Banjul Protocols. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=292 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=292 2010-01-19 00:00:00 OAPI Acceding Countries Summary The tidy OAPI landscape contained islands of uncertainty, surrounding the accession of new member states. One was the extension of existing OAPI rights into acceding countries. The other was the fate of existing national registrations in one new member, Guinea. The issues have become clearer but have not been settled beyond doubt. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=290 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=290 2010-01-04 00:00:00 Ambush Marketing: A Practical Guide to Protecting the Brand of a Sporting Event Ambush marketing is a relatively new concept in the general field of IP law which has come to the fore in the past decade with the increased prominence and magnitude of major international sporting events such as the Soccer World Cup, the Rugby World Cup, the Cricket World Cup, and the Olympic Games. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=288 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=288 2009-12-04 00:00:00 Special European (.eu), Russian (.ru) and Singapore (.sg, com.sg and org.sd) domain name extensions available shortly Two specialised new domain name extensions have recently been established for use. For clients that actively trade in the European Union or in Russia, we recommend that consideration be give to obtaining defensive registrations, so as to avoid unlawful registration by third parties. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=287 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=287 2009-12-03 00:00:00 Mozambique Trade Mark Law - Declarations of Intention to Use (DIUs) Reported changes in the due dates for filing Declarations of Intention to Use Mozambique trade marks have prompted the following review. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=286 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=286 2009-10-02 00:00:00 DOMAIN NAME DISPUTE: gardenmaster.co.za a recent domain name dispute decision (ZA2009-0028), the adjudicator has ruled that the domain name registration of gardenmaster.co.za by the Registrant was abusive dispite the fact that the Registrant had been using the GARDENMASTER trade mark for longer than the Complainant. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=282 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=282 2009-09-02 00:00:00 LIBERIA - The Industrial Property Act 2003 The above-titled measure, described as an Act, was published on 30 April 2003 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs which has charge of such matters. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=277 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=277 2009-08-05 00:00:00 Egypt Update on Patent Annuities and Patent Duration Egyptian Patent Office has issued a notification dated 6 June 2009 that annuities for national phase patent applications filed under national phase of Cooperation Treaty (PCT)... http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=279 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=279 2009-07-31 00:00:00 Biodiversity Act: What you need to know Researchers involved in the discovery phase of a project involving indigenous biological resources or traditional knowledge no longer need to obtain a bioprospecting permit. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=280 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=280 2009-06-18 00:00:00 UGANDA Trade Marks - Adoption of 9th Edition, Nice Classification - STILL NO Service Mark Protection A letter was issued on 10 June 2009, by the Uganda Registrar Generals office http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=65 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=65 2009-06-17 00:00:00 Location Location Location AND Name Name Name One of the key issues to consider when contemplating a new development is obviously the location of the development. Site your development badly and no-one will want to live there. Site it properly and you will be employing extra staff to handle all the sales enquiries! Often the name of the development is only given secondary consideration. This is a huge mistake as the name of the development is as important to the viability and success of the development as the location. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=28 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=28 2009-06-11 00:00:00 Doing Good Business The value principle of Doing well by doing good has become increasingly part of business lexicon. The principle that organizations can be successful by acting http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=58 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=58 2009-06-11 00:00:00 Spoor & Fisher named top IP law firm by MIP Spoor & Fisher acknowledged as the Top intellectual Property law firm in South Africa http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=15 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=15 2009-04-02 00:00:00 Spoor & Fisher named SAs top IP law firm by MIP Spoor & Fisher has been named as SAs leading intellectual property (IP) law firm, for the second year in a row. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=59 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=59 2009-04-02 00:00:00 ASA Protects Trade Dress In a recent ruling by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) of South Africa, Emirates Industries was ordered to withdraw the packaging of its Mister Bean Baked Beans product. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=14 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=14 2009-03-31 00:00:00 You Cannot Take Copyright With You When You Quit The Supreme Court of Appeal has dismissed the appeal by a former employee of the South African Weather Service who, after his employment contract was terminated, tried to prevent the organisation from using software he had developed while in its employ. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=240 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=240 2009-03-22 00:00:00 test Test http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=380 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=380 2009-03-22 00:00:00 Comparing US, European Patent Law It is easier to obtain patent protection for computer software and/or business method type inventions in the US http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=87 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=87 2009-03-17 00:00:00 Use Your Brains: Companies Sitting on an IP Fortune World-wide there is a revolution going on in the way that companies view the value of their intellectual property (IP). Traditionally, companies viewed http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=40 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=40 2009-03-01 00:00:00 ASA Protects Trade Dress In a recent ruling by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) of South Africa, Emirates ... http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=66 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=66 2009-02-16 00:00:00 Ambush Marketing If one were to find a dictionary definition for the term Ambush Marketing it would probably read... http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=67 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=67 2009-01-13 00:00:00 Politics and Trade marks in South Africa : Unusual bedfellows The law of unlawful competition entered the political arena in South Africa in late 2008, with round 1 going to... http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=68 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=68 2008-12-15 00:00:00 Sun International Wins the suncityvacation.co.za Domain Name Since April 2007 a number of domain name disputes have been heard by the South African ... http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=69 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=69 2008-12-11 00:00:00 Aunt Carolines Image Upheld by the ASA The Advertising Standards Authority (CASA) has ruled that the image of Aunt Caroline ... http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=71 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=71 2008-12-11 00:00:00 Music Sampling, A Euphemism The use or abrogation of another persons music in the music industry is, unfortunately, rather prevalent http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=241 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=241 2008-12-11 00:00:00 Software and Business Method Patents Computer software has traditionally been regarded as unpatentable and patent offices in the USA and Europe, amongst others, rejected software-related inventions as being unpatentable subject matter http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=284 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=284 2008-11-26 00:00:00 Improvements to Industrial/Intellectual Property Systems as an aid to an expanding economy The establishment or modernisation of a working IP system is a powerful weapon in developing and diversifying the economy. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=60 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=60 2008-11-03 00:00:00 Can SECONET rise to the IP challenge? PRECIS: Seventeen African countries have joined together to launch the Southern and East African Copyright Network (SECONET) in order to address issues relating http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=242 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=242 2008-10-02 00:00:00 Cape Verde becomes a member of WTO Cape Verde became a Member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) on 23 July 2008 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=61 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=61 2008-09-05 00:00:00 Ghana Ghana and the Organisation Africaine de la Propriété Intellectuelle (OAPI) have recently acceded to the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=35 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=35 2008-08-18 00:00:00 Counterfeiting: A South African Perspective Counterfeiting and piracy can cause irreparable harm to a brand owners revenue and brand equity.. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=23 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=23 2008-08-01 00:00:00 Exhaustion of Rights and the Conditional Sale of Protected Articles The doctrine of exhaustion of rights or first sale is usually applied to prohibit a proprietor from imposing restrictions regarding the onward sale http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=89 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=89 2008-07-07 00:00:00 GHANA Accedes to Madrid Convention On 16 June 2008 the Republic of Ghana deposited its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol 1989. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=74 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=74 2008-06-30 00:00:00 Zanzibar - New Industrial Property Act Zanzibar retains its own legislature, courts and laws on industrial property http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=62 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=62 2008-06-27 00:00:00 Trade Mark Translation - A Literal Problem There can be no questioning the status of China as a major player in the global trade arena. China is the second http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=75 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=75 2008-06-05 00:00:00 Zambia - No Extensions of Time for Trade Mark Oppositions In a letter to practitioners the Registrar of Trade Marks has announced a change in procedure, regarding http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=76 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=76 2008-05-23 00:00:00 The United Kingdom and Kenya - The Kikoy Controversy Having been a Kenya advocate since 1969 and worn the kikoi long before that, I rejoice at the failure of The Kikoy http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=78 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=78 2008-05-20 00:00:00 Audio Transcription of Interview on Classic FM on 8 May 2006; The Value of Intellectual Property Last week we began with the series Your company and intellectual property. The purpose of... http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=54 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=54 2008-05-08 00:00:00 Sao Tome and Principe joins PCT Sao Tome and Principe (ST) became the 139th PCT Contracting State on 3 April 2008 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=90 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=90 2008-04-15 00:00:00 Habitat for Humanity A firm commitment to social responsibility and a shared vision of making a marked difference to underprivileged families drew three legal firms http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=63 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=63 2008-04-10 00:00:00 Spoor & Fisher voted top IP firm in South Africa by MIP World IP Survey 2008 For four consecutive years, Spoor & Fisher has received a prestigious South African award http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=64 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=64 2008-04-10 00:00:00 South African SCA Unimpressed by Lack of Inventiveness The South African Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) recently handed down two decisions in a row invalidating patents for lack of inventiveness http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=93 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=93 2008-04-10 00:00:00 Transforming South Africas Legal Landscape Change has become a pervading factor throughout the South African economy in recent years as the governments... http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=44 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=44 2008-03-18 00:00:00 Bio-Prospecting within South Africa: Indigenous Biological Resources and Traditional Knowledge Persons carrying out research on indigenous biological resources and bioprospecting projects in South Africa http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=96 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=96 2008-03-17 00:00:00 Madagascar Joins Madrid Protocol Madagascar has joined the Madrid Protocol. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=79 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=79 2008-03-06 00:00:00 Gambian Registry Resumes Publication of the Trade Marks Journal We are delighted to advise that, after a break of many years, the Gambian Registry ... http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=91 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=91 2008-03-06 00:00:00 UK Patent Office will now allow patents for "computer program products" Until recently, the UK Intellectual Property Office has had a policy of refusing patent applications with claims http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=108 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=108 2008-02-12 00:00:00 Fast Track Patent Applications in the US and internationally Anyone who in recent years has filed a patent application in the United States of America... http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=109 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=109 2008-02-08 00:00:00 The London Agreement Lowers Patent Translation Costs in Europe In 1977 the European Patent Convention (EPC) came into force and established the European Patent Office http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=110 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=110 2008-02-08 00:00:00 Bio-Prospecting and the South African Patents Act: Amendments Now in Place to Protect Indigenous Biological and Genetic Resources and Traditional Knowledge South Africa introduced the South African Biodiversity Act in 2004 in order to comply with its international obligations. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=111 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=111 2008-01-24 00:00:00 Important Changes in U.K. Trade Mark Examination Procedures which will Affect Rights of CTM Trade Mark Holders Starting 1 October 2007, the U.K. Intellectual Property Office (UK-IPO) will be making significant ... http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=99 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=99 2007-12-28 00:00:00 Opening Shots at 2010 Goal The main objective of Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) for the 2010 World Cup Tournament ... http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=92 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=92 2007-12-12 00:00:00 Technology Innovation Agency Bill now Open for Submissions The Technology Innovation Agency Bill was published in Government Gazette as Bill 49-200. It is now open http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=112 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=112 2007-12-11 00:00:00 Update on the Intellectual Property Rights from Publicly Financed Research Bill Update on the Intellectual Property Rights Bill http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=70 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=70 2007-12-05 00:00:00 GAMBIA: New Industrial Property Act is Brought into Force Earlier this year we opened an office in Gambia, and acquired the IP practice of the late Sam H A George ... http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=95 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=95 2007-11-20 00:00:00 Quicker, Cheaper and Effective: Proceedings Before the Advertising Standards Authority These words are music to the ears of all plaintiffs and their attorneys in litigious matters. High Court Litigation ... http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=97 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=97 2007-11-14 00:00:00 South Africa - Red Cross Emblem Abusers Finally Brought to Heel For many years, the South African Trade Marks Office has regularly seen attempts by abusers to ... http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=98 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=98 2007-11-14 00:00:00 African Countries Updating IP Laws - The WIPO Initiative In an article New IP Law in Cape Verde published on this site on 1 November 2006, we told of the revival ... http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=94 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=94 2007-11-12 00:00:00 Angola joins PCT Angola (AO) became the 138th PCT Contracting State on 27 September 2007 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=124 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=124 2007-10-05 00:00:00 Somalia & Somaliland - a Brief Profile Regarding the Registration of Trade Marks Somalia is situated in East Africa with a coastline that borders the Gulf http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=100 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=100 2007-09-28 00:00:00 New Spoor & Fisher Office in Ghana The Ghana office opened on Monday 30 July 2007 and is managed by George Thompson http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=73 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=73 2007-09-01 00:00:00 Spoor & Fisher Takes Kids to the Zoo Spoor & Fisher has been donating money to the Reach for a Dream foundation for several years http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=77 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=77 2007-08-31 00:00:00 Country of Origin- Labelling Requirements for Textile Goods Embattled local clothing and textile manufacturers have received a measure of support through the enactment http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=101 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=101 2007-08-17 00:00:00 Lawyers Swopped Their Robes for Overalls to Build Houses for Three Families in Katlehong, Ekurhuleni Spoor & Fisher extended a challenge to other firms in the legal community to join us in building houses http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=80 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=80 2007-08-06 00:00:00 Dean Scoops LexisNexis Butterworth Prize for Best Article in De Rebus in 2006 Dr Owen Dean from Spoor & Fisher has been awarded the LexisNexis Butterworths Prize for the best article by a legal practitioner published in De Rebus in 2006 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=243 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=243 2007-07-12 00:00:00 Audio Transcription of Interview on Classic FM on 10 July 2006; Ambush Marketing Classic breakfast 102.7. Once again we are talking intellectual property with Spoor & Fisher. On the line now Dr Owen Dean http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=251 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=251 2007-07-10 00:00:00 Partner at Spoor & Fisher a Finalist in the Business Achiever Award Shanaaz Mahomed, a partner at Spoor & Fisher was selected as a finalist for the Business Woman%u2019s Regional Business Achiever Award 2007. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=82 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=82 2007-07-04 00:00:00 South African Trade Mark and Patent Office Re-Opens The South African Trade Mark and Patent Office has announced that they will resume business as usual http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=83 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=83 2007-06-29 00:00:00 The First .co.za Domain Name Dispute is Decided The Adjudicator in the first co.za domain name dispute lodged with SAIIPL in South Africa has refused ... http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=102 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=102 2007-06-22 00:00:00 Promotional Competitions: MAMA: Legitimate or Illegitimate In the first matter of its kind in South Africa, the National Lotteries Board instituted motion proceedings against FNB http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=81 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=81 2007-06-14 00:00:00 The Dinosaur Status of Copyright Copyright in South Africa runs the risk of becoming an endangered species and ultimately suffering the fate of the dinosaur http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=244 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=244 2007-06-12 00:00:00 Trade Mark Law Does Not Give Copyright Protection: Open Season for Comparative Advertising In a recent judgement in the case of Verimark v BMW the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA)... http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=103 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=103 2007-06-04 00:00:00 Alternative Domain Name Dispute Resolution Procedure There has recently been a welcome development in relation to domain name dispute ... http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=104 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=104 2007-05-14 00:00:00 Intellectual Property License Holders Score Major Victory Against SARS Licensees of intellectual property have been granted tax relief http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=84 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=84 2007-04-18 00:00:00 Important News! Service Marks Now Accepted in Nigeria It has been announced from Nigeria that trade mark protection is now available for service marks, by virtue http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=105 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=105 2007-03-30 00:00:00 Spoor & Fisher Open New Office in Gambia Spoor & Fisher Gambia will be administered by our Jersey office and, for the foreseeable future, all client correspondence (including fax, e-mail and invoicing) http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=85 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=85 2007-03-01 00:00:00 Patenting Computer Software - Related and Business Method Inventions; Background to Patents Patent Law is a branch of what is commonly known as Intellectual Property Law. In terms of Patent Law, the State rewards an inventor http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=131 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=131 2007-02-26 00:00:00 Software Patents May Well Be Valid While some commentators are in favour of software being patentable and others are vehemently opposed http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=126 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=126 2007-02-15 00:00:00 Audio Transcript of Interview on Classic FM on 11 September 2006; IP and Employment Contracts TONY BLEWITT: Once again it is time to answer one of our listeners questions on Intellectual Property and at the same http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=56 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=56 2006-12-11 00:00:00 Ambush Marketers Beware! 2010 FIFA World Cup is a Protected Event Ambush marketing in the context of the FIFA World Cup can be defined as an attempt by a third party, which in most instances http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=106 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=106 2006-12-06 00:00:00 Freedom to Corrupt a Trade Mark - Revisited The so-called- Laugh It Off - trade mark case in which judgment was given by the Constitutional Court last http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=123 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=123 2006-11-11 00:00:00 Botswana - Accession to Madrid Protocol Botswana acceded to the Madrid Protocol on 5 September 2006. It will, however, only become a party http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=125 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=125 2006-11-01 00:00:00 New IP Law in Cape Verde Until now, it has not been possible to file trade mark applications in the former Portuguese colony of Cape Verde http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=134 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=134 2006-11-01 00:00:00 New Industrial Property Legislation in Mozambique The Code distinguishes between "well-known marks" (for the purposes ... http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=137 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=137 2006-11-01 00:00:00 Blank Media Levy to be Revisited in South Africa? In the early 1980s the record industry, suffering at the hands of record pirates and finding the existing copyright laws to be ineffectual in curbing home taping http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=247 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=247 2006-11-01 00:00:00 Audio Transcription of Interview on Classic FM on 16 October 2006: Buy a Fake Rolex? TONY BLEWITT: Once again on ClassicFM we are talking intellectual property, my guest on the phone Paul Ramara, an attorney in the... http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=31 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=31 2006-10-16 00:00:00 Audio Transcription of Interview on Classic FM on 2 October 2006; Copyright - Music Once again, on Classic Breakfast we are talking intellectual property. In actual fact today we are talking copyright http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=246 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=246 2006-10-02 00:00:00 Audio Transcription of Interview on Classic FM on 25 September 2006 ; Copyright, Designs and Trade Marks Once again on Classic breakfast we are talking Intellectual Property, in actual fact ... http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=127 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=127 2006-09-25 00:00:00 New Accounting Practices Impact Intangible Assets Generally Accepted Accounting Practice in South Africa is being amended in the way in which it deals with ... http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=57 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=57 2006-09-20 00:00:00 Audio Transcription of Interview on Classic FM on 18 September 2006 ; Patents TONY BLEWITT: Once again on Classic Breakfast we are talking intellectual property in actual fact we are talking patents today http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=142 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=142 2006-09-18 00:00:00 Audio Transcription of Interview on Classic FM on 21 August 2006: Branded Goods TONY BLEWITT: Once again on ClassicFM we are talking about intellectual property with ... http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=32 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=32 2006-08-21 00:00:00 Registrability of Container Marks Questioned Die Bergkelder Beperk v Vrendendal Koöp Wynmakery & others. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=136 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=136 2006-08-01 00:00:00 Stalking the Sleeping Lion This article was first published in the July 2006 edition of De Rebus. INTRODUCTION. Your mandate is to find a way http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=249 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=249 2006-08-01 00:00:00 Audio Transcription of Interview on Classic FM on 31 July 2006: Different Types of Registered Designs Classic FM 102.7 - intellectual property is our topic of discussion with the people from Spoor & Fisher http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=45 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=45 2006-07-31 00:00:00 Audio Transcription of Interview on Classic FM on 24 July 2006; What is a Registered Design and How to Protect it Audio Transcription of Interview on Classic FM on 24 July 2006; What is a Registered Design and How to Protect it http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=46 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=46 2006-07-24 00:00:00 Audio Transcription of Interview on Classic FM on 3 July 2006; Nanotechnology Once again on Classic breakfast we are talking intellectual property http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=143 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=143 2006-07-03 00:00:00 SA Family Entitled to Lions Share of Royalties for Renowned Pop Song Mention the title THE LION SLEEPS TONIGHT and it spontaneously brings to mind a pop song famous for its use not only through normal records http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=248 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=248 2006-07-01 00:00:00 Audio Transcription of Interview on Classic FM on 26 June 2006; What are Patents? Once again on Classic breakfast we are talking intellectual property http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=145 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=145 2006-06-26 00:00:00 Audio Transcription of Interview on Classic FM on 19 June 2006; Usage and Protection of Trade Marks We are continuing our talk on Intellectual Property with Spoor & Fisher and in the studio http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=128 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=128 2006-06-19 00:00:00 Audio Transcription of Interview on Classic FM on 12 June 2006; What is a Trade Mark and How to Register One We are continuing our talk on Intellectual Property with Spoor & Fisher and in the studio this http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=129 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=129 2006-06-12 00:00:00 Audio Transcription of Interview on Classic FM on 5 June 2006; Computer Software Classic breakfast 102.7 and on the line Dr Owen Dean, one of the Partners at Spoor & Fisher http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=252 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=252 2006-06-05 00:00:00 South Africa Designates the 2010 FIFA World Cup as a Protected Event International sports events provide entertainment for millions of fans world-wide... http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=138 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=138 2006-06-01 00:00:00 The Battle of the Apples - Beatles Record Label Loses a Big Bite Ripe with symbolism of love and fertility, and iconic of temptation and desire, the apple must surely be the most evocative of all fruit http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=250 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=250 2006-06-01 00:00:00 Audio Transcription of Interview on Classic FM on 29 May 2006; The Lion Sleeps Tonight We are talking about intellectual property here on Classic FM with Spoor & Fisher http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=253 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=253 2006-05-25 00:00:00 South Africa - Trade Mark Prosecution Procedure Streamlined In the December 2005 Patent Journal, the South African Registrar of Trade Marks issued a practice http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=130 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=130 2006-05-01 00:00:00 Spoor and Fishers Nanotechnology Patent Team With the South African government focus on nanotechnology, it would indeed be a pity.. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=175 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=175 2006-03-01 00:00:00 The Lion Song Fact Sheet In l939, a Zulu migrant worker and entertainer who called himself Solomon Linda stood before a microphone in Johannesburg´s first recording studio, improvising falsetto vocal lines against a rolling, driving vocal chant. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=245 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=245 2006-03-01 00:00:00 Important IP Information for SA Exporters The number of South Africans exporting products to foreign countries has grown over the last few years... http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=132 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=132 2006-02-01 00:00:00 Biodiversity in South Africa Persons carrying out research on indigenous biological resources and bioprospecting projects in South Africa http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=146 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=146 2006-02-01 00:00:00 Gripe Sites, Culture Jamming & Media Activism - Can You Prevent the Unauthorised Use of Your Trade Mark? It has become an article of faith among marketing gurus that brand owners should listen to and communicate http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=107 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=107 2005-12-01 00:00:00 Infringement of Copyright by Reproducing Material Posted on a Website In a recent copyright infringement case arising out of the unauthorised reproduction of material appearing on a website, an out of court settlement was reached in terms of which the copyist agreed to pay compensation to the website owner, FindanAdvisor http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=254 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=254 2005-12-01 00:00:00 Zimbabwe - Classification of Retail and Wholesale Services We are pleased to report that the Zimbabwe Controller has now confirmed http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=133 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=133 2005-11-01 00:00:00 Is Apple Heading for an iPod Patent Tussle? This is the question after Singapore-based Creative Technology (Creative) recently held a press conference to announce that it had been granted a US patent http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=176 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=176 2005-10-01 00:00:00 Zimbabwe Adopts 8th Edition of Nice Classification and Substantially Increases Official Fees On 19 August 2005, without prior notice, new trade mark regulations were published in Zimbabwe. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=148 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=148 2005-09-02 00:00:00 Circular No. 349: Madrid - An African Perspective The Madrid System, which is governed by the Madrid Agreement and Madrid Protocol, http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=147 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=147 2005-09-01 00:00:00 Spoor & Fisher Comment on the SAB vs Laugh it Off. Case: Both Rights Enjoy Equal Status Before Court The issues involved in the South African Breweries (SAB) vs Laugh it Off case are not new http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=149 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=149 2005-06-01 00:00:00 The Laughing is Over. Setback for Trade Mark Dilution The most significant trade mark judgment since the McDonald%u2019s case was handed down http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=150 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=150 2005-06-01 00:00:00 Protection for Indigenous Biological and Genetic Resources and Traditional Knowledge in Patent Bill In March 2004 we reported the publication of a Bill intended to ensure that indigenous peoples are adequately compensated http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=177 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=177 2005-06-01 00:00:00 Audio Transcription of Interview on Classic FM on 22 May 2006; The Da Vinci Code Once again we are talking about intellectual property with Spoor & Fisher and in the studio with me, Dr Owen Dean http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=255 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=255 2005-05-22 00:00:00 Nigeria Joins the PCT Nigeria became a member of the Patent Co-operation Treaty (PCT) on 8 May 2005 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=179 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=179 2005-05-01 00:00:00 Getaway/Wegbreek. Translation of a Trade Mark Constitutes Infringement. Update WEGBREEK, the Afrikaans outdoor magazine has announced that it has changed its http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=151 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=151 2005-04-01 00:00:00 Counterfeit Goods and Transshipment in South Africa On November 30, 2004, the South African Supreme Court of Appeal gave its ruling in the http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=152 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=152 2005-04-01 00:00:00 Update - Trade Mark Dilution Through Tarnishment of the Black Label Trade Mark in South Africa The appeal to the Constitutional Court in the Laugh It Off Promotions vs South African http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=156 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=156 2005-03-01 00:00:00 The Folly of Legislating Against Software Patents History has shown that astute IP strategists will easily circumvent any prohibition on software and business-method patents http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=135 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=135 2005-02-01 00:00:00 Getaway / Wegbreek. Translation of a Trade Mark Constitutes Infringement The Afrikaans language travel and outdoor leisure magazine, WEGBREEK, first http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=153 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=153 2005-02-01 00:00:00 Ghana - Service Mark Applications Now Accepted We are pleased to report that service marks are immediately acceptable in Ghana. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=155 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=155 2004-12-01 00:00:00 TRO/Folkways Offer to Pay All Future "Wimoweh" Royalties to the Family of Solomon Linda A settlement with the New York music publishing house that controls Wimoweh, the first of two international hits spawned by Lindas 1939 song Mbube http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=256 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=256 2004-09-01 00:00:00 The Lion Sleeps Tonight - Update The ongoing battle to have Solomon Linda recognised as the originator of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" came a little closer to victory on 7 September 2004 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=257 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=257 2004-09-01 00:00:00 Circular No. 371: Mozambique Trade Marks - The Need to File a Declaration of Intent to Use Mozambique is a former Portuguese territory and the registration and maintenance of trade marks http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=157 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=157 2004-08-01 00:00:00 Libya Update In our Circular No.365 dated August 2003, we reported the reorganization ... http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=158 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=158 2004-08-01 00:00:00 The Lion Sleeps Tonight - Update The ongoing battle to have Solomon Linda recognised as the originator of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=116 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=116 2004-07-21 00:00:00 Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Others "Kidnapped & Held Hostage" in Extraordinary Legal Proceeding Leading copyright lawyer at Spoor & Fisher, Dr Owen Dean, has been awarded a court order authorizing http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=117 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=117 2004-07-21 00:00:00 IP Valuations The value of intellectual property and the awareness of such value is commonly overlooked by South African ... http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=52 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=52 2004-07-20 00:00:00 Circular No 357: Industrial Property Developments in Africa and Surrounding Islands The Government of Eritrea, which for some years would not accept cautionary notices for publication http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=119 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=119 2004-07-20 00:00:00 Circular No 368: Mauritius - Patents, Industrial Designs & Trade Marks Regulations 2004 -The Protection Against Unfair Practices (Industrial Property Rights) Regulations 2004 In our Circular No. 356 and Circular No. 358, we reported the enactment of the Patent, Industrial Designs http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=121 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=121 2004-07-13 00:00:00 Kenya - Summary of Trade Mark Law Amendments 2002 - 2003 The Trade Marks Law of Kenya has been closely based on that of the United Kingdom ... http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=122 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=122 2004-07-13 00:00:00 Disney has 3 Weeks to "Free" Mickey Mouse The summons and particulars of claim in the landmark Solomon Linda case were served http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=118 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=118 2004-07-05 00:00:00 Circular No. 370: Ghana - New Trade Marks Legislation We are pleased to report that Ghana has substantially revised and modernised its trade mark http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=160 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=160 2004-07-01 00:00:00 Disney has 3 Weeks to "Free" Mickey Mouse The summons and particulars of claim in the landmark Solomon Linda case were served on Disney Enterprises Inc in the United States of America http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=258 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=258 2004-07-01 00:00:00 Circular No. 368: Mauritius - Patents, Industrial Designs and Trade Marks Regulations 2004 - The Protection Against Unfair Practices (Industrial Property Rights) Regulations 2004 The enactment of the Patent, Industrial Designs and Trademarks Act 2002, and The Protection Against Unfair Practices (Industrial Property Rights) Act 2002 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=50 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=50 2004-05-01 00:00:00 Namibia Accedes to Madrid Namibia has acceded to the Madrid Agreement and to the Madrid Protocol concerning the international http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=161 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=161 2004-05-01 00:00:00 Circular No. 368: Mauritius - Patents, Industrial Designs and Trade Marks Regulations 2004 - The Protection Against Unfair Practices (Industrial Property Rights) Regulations 2004 In our Circulars Nos. 356 and 358, we reported the enactment of the Patent, Industrial Designs and Trademarks Act 2002 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=180 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=180 2004-05-01 00:00:00 Community Trade Marks Ten new countries will become members of the European Union on 1 May 2004. These are the http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=164 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=164 2004-04-01 00:00:00 South Africa - Trade Mark Certificates of Registration Issued in Error From time to time in opposition matters, the Registrar of Trade Marks has erroneously http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=162 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=162 2004-03-01 00:00:00 Traditional Knowledge and Genetic and Biological Resources Get a Patent Boost A Bill has recently been published which seeks to ensure that indigenous peoples are adequately compensated when an invention which is http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=181 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=181 2004-03-01 00:00:00 Estee Lauder Counterfeit Goods Raid A very successful raid was conducted on 12 February 2004 by the Commercial Crime Unit (CCU) ... http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=26 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=26 2004-02-02 00:00:00 Namibia Joins PCT, Paris Convention and ARIPO Namibia is the 123rd Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) contracting state and became bound by the PCT on 1 January 2004 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=182 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=182 2004-01-21 00:00:00 Practical Overview of Detention and Seizure Process of Counterfeit Goods All goods imported from abroad through any South African harbour, airport or border post can be inspected by officials of the South... http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=34 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=34 2004-01-01 00:00:00 Customs and Excise Application Form for Detention of Counterfeit Goods The owner of an Intellectual Property right may file an application requesting the Commissioner for Customs and Excise... http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=36 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=36 2004-01-01 00:00:00 Prices of Pharmaceuticals to the South African Public - Will They Drop? We have reported previously on Section 15 C of the Medicines and Related Substances Act http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=183 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=183 2004-01-01 00:00:00 Revised Examination Procedure in Mozambique Pursuant to Article 191 of the Industrial Property Code of Mozambique, the Central ... http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=165 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=165 2003-12-11 00:00:00 Patent and Design Law Developments in Africa Angola recently approved its adhesion to the Paris Convention and PCT http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=184 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=184 2003-12-11 00:00:00 Namibia to Join PCT and Paris Convention Namibia is the 123rd Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) contracting state and will become bound by the PCT on 1 January 2004 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=186 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=186 2003-12-08 00:00:00 Seychelles Joins the PCT Seychelles is the 117th Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) contracting state and became bound by the PCT http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=196 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=196 2003-11-01 00:00:00 Kenya - Accession to Madrid Arrangements now Effective Kenya acceded to the Madrid Agreement Concerning International Registration of Marks http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=166 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=166 2003-09-25 00:00:00 Valuing your Intellectual Property For growing numbers of companies worldwide, the true value of the company... http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=53 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=53 2003-09-01 00:00:00 Circular No. 366: All ARIPO Member States to be Members of the PCT ARIPO (African Regional Industrial Property Organisation) provides inter alia a regional patent filing system in Africa. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=185 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=185 2003-09-01 00:00:00 Egypt Joined PCT on 6 September 2003 Egypt is the 121st Patent Co-operation Treaty (PCT) contracting state and became bound by the PCT on 6 September 2003 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=187 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=187 2003-09-01 00:00:00 Botswana Joined PCT on 30 October 2003 Botswana is the 122nd Patent Co-operation Treaty (PCT) contracting state and became bound by the PCT on 30 October 2003 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=188 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=188 2003-08-04 00:00:00 Circular No. 365: Libya - Important Development; Loss of Existing Trade Mark Rights! In our Circular No. 357 dated October 2002, we reported a substantial increase http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=168 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=168 2003-08-01 00:00:00 Mozambique Trade Marks - The Need to File a Declaration of Intent to Use Mozambique is a former Portuguese territory and its trade mark legislation (the Industrial Property Code) http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=120 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=120 2003-07-14 00:00:00 Bafana Bafana - Who Owns This Nickname for the South African Soccer Team? This article was first published in the June 2003 edition of De Rebus, the South African Attorneys http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=167 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=167 2003-06-02 00:00:00 Circular No. 364: Patent and Design Renewals Being Transferred to SpoorData Spoor & Fisher have invested in a new IP management system based on Maxim´s InProma technology, which we call SpoorData. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=48 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=48 2003-05-01 00:00:00 PCT Chapter I Deadline in South Africa now 31 Months The South African Patent Regulations were amended on 23 April 2003 to provide that the Chapter I http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=189 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=189 2003-05-01 00:00:00 Circular No 364: Patent and Design Renewals Being Transferred to SpoorData Spoor & Fisher have invested in a new IP management system based on Maxim´s InProma technology http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=190 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=190 2003-05-01 00:00:00 Circular No 363: International (PCT) Applications - Deadline for Entering the National Phase in South Africa We reported that we were waiting for our authorities to amend our Patent Regulations to bring the Chapter I deadline http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=191 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=191 2003-05-01 00:00:00 Increase in OAPI Fees for Specifications Exceeding 10 Pages In addition to an increase in the OAPI official fees on 1 March 2003,.. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=192 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=192 2003-04-15 00:00:00 Circular No. 362: Ethiopia - Statements of Property, Use and Protection no Longer Allowed The Ethiopian Ministry of Trade and Industry has recently advised that it will no longer accept Statements of Property, http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=169 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=169 2003-04-01 00:00:00 Circular No. 361: Amendments to the South African Patents Act The South African Patents Act No. 57 of 1978 has recently been amended by the Patents Amendment Act No. 58 of 2002 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=194 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=194 2003-04-01 00:00:00 Update: Parallel Importation and Generic Substitution of Drugs In 2001 a high profile case in South Africa by international pharmaceutical companies against.. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=193 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=193 2003-02-01 00:00:00 Circular No. 358: Mauritius - Establishment of Spoor & Fisher Mauritius: New Laws in Force, Service Marks can now be Registered We are delighted to announce the launch of Spoor & Fisher Mauritius. Trade http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=171 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=171 2003-01-01 00:00:00 We reported that in the case of Kaltenbach Thuring Sociéte Anonyme v Grande Paroisse Sociéte Anonyme and the Registrar of Patents http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=195 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=195 2003-01-01 00:00:00 OAPI - New Law Comes into Force on 28 February 2002 The OAPI (or African Union as it is sometimes known) Intellectual Property Organisation was created in the 1960s.. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=198 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=198 2003-01-01 00:00:00 Libya - New Trade Mark Systems In our Circular No. 357 we reported a substantial increase in official fees for trade mark ... http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=170 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=170 2002-12-01 00:00:00 Nigeria - Trade Marks Journal In July 2002 we reported that after an absence of more than two years, three issues http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=172 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=172 2002-11-29 00:00:00 Circular No. 357: Industrial Property Developments in Africa and Surrounding Islands Eritrea - Trade mark protection by cautionary notices. The Government of Eritrea, which for some years would not accept cautionary http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=178 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=178 2002-10-01 00:00:00 Circular No. 356: Mauritius - The Patents, Industrial Designs and Trade Marks Act 2002; The Protection Against Unfair Practices (Industrial Property Rights) Act 2002 The above-mentioned Acts have been passed by the National Assembly and received presidential assent. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=43 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=43 2002-09-01 00:00:00 Circular No. 356: Mauritius - The Patents, Industrial Designs and Trade Marks Act 2002; The Protection Against Unfair Practices (Industrial Property Rights) Act 2002 Mauritius - The Patents, Industrial Designs and Trade Marks Act 2002; The Protection http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=154 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=154 2002-09-01 00:00:00 Sponsorship Under Attack by Ambush Marketing Sponsorship of events, sports teams, tours and the like has become a very popular http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=173 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=173 2002-06-06 00:00:00 Circular No. 353; Tunisia - Trade Mark Law No. 36 of 17 April 2001 This new Tunisian trade mark law came into force on 17 April 2001. It replaces the Tunisian Trade Marks & Trade Names Law dated 4 June 1889 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=223 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=223 2002-06-01 00:00:00 Circular No. 352: Payment of Renewal Fees on Patents and Design Registrations Within the Six Month Grace Period in South Africa In the recent case of Kaltenbach Thuring Société Anonyme v Grande Paroisse Société Anonyme and The Registrar of Patents, the Commissioner http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=205 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=205 2002-05-01 00:00:00 Anti-Counterfeiting Bulletin The enforcement of anti-counterfeiting measures is a growing field of Intellectual Property Law and fast developing in South Africa and its neighbouring countries. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=25 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=25 2002-04-01 00:00:00 The South African Position on Parallel Importing "It has often been said that competition is the life blood of commerce. It is the availability of the same, or similar, products http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=217 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=217 2002-04-01 00:00:00 Circular No. 351: Trade Mark Classification Systems for Goods and Services in Africa As a trade mark registration grants an exclusive right to use the mark (in other words a monopoly), the ambit of such monopoly must be restricted http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=225 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=225 2002-04-01 00:00:00 Circular No. 350; Anti-Counterfeiting The enforcement of anti-counterfeiting measures is a growing field of intellectual property law and fast... http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=38 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=38 2002-03-01 00:00:00 Internet Domain Names and "Cybersquatting" World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) had to resolve a dispute over an Internet domain name http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=224 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=224 2002-03-01 00:00:00 Dispute Between South Africa and the European Union Concerning Grappa and Ouzo the European Union have reached a compromise on the use of the terms "grappa" http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=226 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=226 2002-02-24 00:00:00 Amendments to PCT and Compatibility with SA Law Earlier we advised that, with effect from 1 April 2002, the Chapter I time limit... http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=197 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=197 2002-02-01 00:00:00 Renewals Judgment In terms of a recent patent judgment, a patentee wishing to renew a patent during the six-month grace period http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=199 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=199 2002-02-01 00:00:00 Pharmaceutical Tablet Shape Trade Mark Registration Crumbles Under Attack; Triomed (Pty) Ltd -vs- Beecham Group PLC and Others Unreported Judgement of Smit J Dated 19 December 2000 (TPD) Beecham Group Plc is the registered proprietor of trade mark No 95/13154 in class 5 in respect of antibiotics http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=216 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=216 2002-02-01 00:00:00 Circular No. 355: Trade Mark Protection in Jersey and Guernsey. The Channel Islands We are pleased to advise that it is no longer necessary to file powers of attorney when applying http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=174 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=174 2002-01-08 00:00:00 Digital Copyright - Righting Wrongs? The internet has made it possible for anyone to disseminate copyrighted information quickly and cheaply http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=261 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=261 2001-08-01 00:00:00 Putting Some Thought into Intellectual Property Around the turn of the 20th century, with amazing advances in new technologies in transport (rail, automobiles and aircraft), communications... http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=47 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=47 2001-07-17 00:00:00 Licensing Owners of intellectual property rights are free to allow others to exercise their rights. A permission to exercise a right is known as "a license http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=41 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=41 2001-07-12 00:00:00 Patenting of Computer Software Everyone knows that you cannot patent computer software. Right ? Wrong http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=141 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=141 2001-06-01 00:00:00 Registering Your Domain Name and Ensuring Security For purposes of this presentation the most important legal issue in establishing and running your website revolves around the name for your website, http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=215 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=215 2001-06-01 00:00:00 Why Value Intellectual Property? George Gilder said that "corporations today are masters not of land and material resources but of ideas and technologies". http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=49 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=49 2001-05-01 00:00:00 Spoor & Fisher Consulting (Pty) Ltd To ensure that Spoor & Fisher remains ahead of the rapid pace of developments in ... http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=55 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=55 2001-05-01 00:00:00 Anti-Counterfeiting Workshops Anti-counterfeiting workshops are being held in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth and Bloemfontein between April and June 2001. The dates and venues are provided below. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=24 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=24 2001-04-04 00:00:00 Capital Gains Tax in South Africa The Minister of Finance, Mr Trevor Manuel, announced in his budget speech on 21 February 2001... http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=51 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=51 2001-02-01 00:00:00 Generic Aids Drug Fluconazole Could be Thin Edge of the Wedge The Medicines Control Council, the body in South Africa which has responsibility for the registration of all new pharmaceutical products, http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=200 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=200 2000-12-01 00:00:00 Business Method Patents Recently, there has been a trend in important patenting jurisdictions such as the USA and Europe http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=201 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=201 2000-10-01 00:00:00 Applications for Registration of Pharmaceutical Products and Infringement in Terms of South African Patent Law Whether or not an application for registration of a generic pharmaceutical product with the Medicines Control Council of South Africa (the MCC) in terms http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=203 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=203 2000-10-01 00:00:00 Domain Name Dispute - Sanlam.com and PickandPay.com Sanlam and Pick ´n Pay are involved in a dispute with a US company, Selat Sunda Incorporated, which has registered the domain names sanlam.com http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=218 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=218 2000-09-01 00:00:00 Trade Mark Infringement on the Internet A British Court has recently ordered the computer company Mandata to pay damages and costs in the substantial sum of £80 000.00 to its competitor http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=220 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=220 2000-08-01 00:00:00 Copyright in a Spare Parts Code The Appellate Division has recently handed down an important judgment in copyright law, relating to copyright in a catalogue cum price list for gaskets http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=263 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=263 2000-07-28 00:00:00 Domain Name Dispute - Nandos.com The WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) Adminstrative Panel of the Arbitration and Mediation Center has again assisted a South African http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=219 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=219 2000-06-01 00:00:00 AIDS - A Catalyst for Compromise? A bill, the African Growth and Opportunity Act, which is currently being considered by the US Legislature http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=204 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=204 2000-05-01 00:00:00 Patents and Online Trading In an article entitled "Challenges of Online Trading" appearing in Business day on Thursday 2 March 2000, page 25 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=206 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=206 2000-03-01 00:00:00 Liquorice Allsorts - Is it a Trade Mark? On 16 March 2000, the Supreme Court of Appeal of South Africa handed down its decision in the matter between Cadbury (Proprietary) Limited http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=221 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=221 2000-03-01 00:00:00 Domain Name Disputes At the beginning of March 2000, it was reported in South African newspapers that Safmarine had thwarted a US$20000 extortion attempt by http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=222 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=222 2000-03-01 00:00:00 Patents for Computer Programs in Europe and United Kingdom The United Kingdom Patents Act and the European Patent Convention both have provisions which are substantially identical http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=208 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=208 1999-11-01 00:00:00 An End to Tax Deductions for Trade Marks? Since our previous report on the proposed amendments in section 11(gA) on 27 September 1999 we have met with representatives of the South http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=228 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=228 1999-11-01 00:00:00 Patenting of Computer Software - Related Inventions - Continued In our previous article entitled "Patenting of Computer Software-Related Inventions" we pointed out that certain categories of computer http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=207 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=207 1999-10-01 00:00:00 South Africa - Use of the Terms "Sherry" and "Port" South Africa is currently negotiating a global free trade agreement in relation to agricultural products with the European Union (EU). http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=229 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=229 1999-10-01 00:00:00 Intellectual Property Rights for New Beneficiaries: Intellectual Property and Indigenous Technology I have been asked to talk on the topic of intellectual property rights for new beneficiaries, intellectual property and indigenous technology http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=209 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=209 1999-08-01 00:00:00 Jurisdiction of the Court in Trade Mark Infringement Matters The Professional Provident Fund of South Africa v PD Jacobs and PPI Makelaars (judgment of Roux J handed down on 29 February 1996) was one .. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=231 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=231 1999-01-01 00:00:00 The Interplay Between Trade Mark and Design Protection 1995 has seen the promulgation of two new Intellectual Property Statutes. On 1 May of this year, the Designs Act No. 195 of 1993 and the Trade Marks Act No http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=238 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=238 1999-01-01 00:00:00 Intellectual Property and Comparative Advertising Intellectual property law, i.e. that part of the law which protects and grants exclusive rights in products of the intellect, comprises the laws of patents http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=239 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=239 1995-10-02 00:00:00 Protection of Computer Programs by Copyright In the late 1970s and early 80s technological developments in the field of computers and the resulting increased need for and use of computer software http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=270 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=270 1990-01-01 00:00:00 Audio Transcription of Interview on Classic FM on 7 August 2006; The Difference Between Pirated Goods and Counterfeit Goods Once again here on ClassicFM we are talking about intellectual property with Spoor & Fisher. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=33 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=33 1990-01-01 00:00:00 Counterfeit Goods Act The Counterfeit Goods Act, No. 37 of 1997, is a measure intended to enable owners of certain forms of intellectual property... http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=39 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=39 1990-01-01 00:00:00 SpoorData Allows Spoor & Fisher Clients Direct Access to Records of Their Patents, Trade Marks and Other Registered Intellectual Property http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=86 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=86 1990-01-01 00:00:00 Secret Process in South Africa - Patent Implications The inventor of a process for producing a product where the process cannot be ascertained from inspection or analysis of the product faces the http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=210 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=210 1990-01-01 00:00:00 South African Medicines and Related Substances Control Amendment Bill The abovementioned Bill is discussed in an article entitled "The Medicine and Related Substances Control Amendment Bill . . . http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=211 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=211 1990-01-01 00:00:00 The Medicines and Related Substance Control Amendment Bill (B30-97) and its Effect on Intellectual Property Rights The abovementioned Bill was published recently and is currently under consideration by the relevant parliamentary committee http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=212 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=212 1990-01-01 00:00:00 PCT - The Forerunner of a World Patent? Reproduced below is a paper delivered by Spoor and Fisher´s senior partner Tony Hooper in September 1997 at the FICPI World Congress in http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=213 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=213 1990-01-01 00:00:00 Laying the Myths to Rest A patent is a right granted by the State which confers on an inventor or his legal successor, for a limited period of time, the right to exclude others from http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=214 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=214 1990-01-01 00:00:00 Misappropriation of Foreign Trade Marks - Possible Solutions to the Problems Faced by Foreign Investors The foreign investor who is precluded from using his own trade mark in South Africa will be discouraged from investing in South Africa http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=230 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=230 1990-01-01 00:00:00 Protection of Container Marks in South Africa; Cointreau et Cie SA v Pagan International 1991 (4) SA 706A The Appellant, Cointreau, is the proprietor of various Cointreau marks including, in particular http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=232 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=232 1990-01-01 00:00:00 Use of a Disclaimed Feature: Can It Constitute Infringement? The issue in question before the Appellate Division in Slavin´s Packaging (Pty) Ltd v Space Case Products (Pty) Ltd (judgment of Plewman AJA handed http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=233 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=233 1990-01-01 00:00:00 Protection of Famous Foreign Trade Marks The question of the protection enjoyed in South Africa by famous foreign trade marks recently received the attention of the Appellate Division of http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=234 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=234 1990-01-01 00:00:00 Paper Anniversary of the New South African Trade Marks Act The new South African Trade Marks Act (No. 194 of 1993) will celebrate its first anniversary on 1 May 1996. By 29 February 1996 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=235 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=235 1990-01-01 00:00:00 Trade Marks in South Africa - the 1993 Act The Trade Marks Act No. 194 of 1993 ("the Act") has had a particularly long gestation period. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=236 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=236 1990-01-01 00:00:00 Taking the Bite Out of McDonalds Joburgers Drive-Inn Restaurant, a company operating a chain of fast food outlets under the name "Chicken Licken", have brought an application http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=237 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=237 1990-01-01 00:00:00 Copyright: Reverse Engineering - Replication or Piracy? As South African companies come out of isolation to compete with foreign companies, many are finding that their slice of the pie of the South African market is http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=262 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=262 1990-01-01 00:00:00 Copyright Law: A Weapon Against Parallel Importation; (Frank & Hirsch (Pty) Ltd v A Roopanand Brothers (Pty) Ltd 1993 (4) SA 279 (A). This appeal related to an attempt to prevent "parallel importation" by relying on http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=264 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=264 1990-01-01 00:00:00 Copyright in Cinematographic Films MEMORANDUM LEGAL / LEGISLATIVE ISSUES Cinematograph films are a species of work eligible for copyright under the http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=265 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=265 1990-01-01 00:00:00 Copyright v Grey Goods in South Africa, Australia and Singapore Parallel imports, or so-called "grey goods" are goods which are freely available on the market in one country and which are imported into another country in conflict with the trading position of someone who has the exclusive righ http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=266 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=266 1990-01-01 00:00:00 Parallel Importation of Artistic Works; Frank and Hirsch (Pty) Ltd vs A. Roopanand Brothers (Pty) Ltd Full Names of Litigant Parties : Frank & Hirsch (Pty) Limited (Appellant) and A. Roopanand Brothers (Pty) Limited (Respondent) http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=268 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=268 1990-01-01 00:00:00 Sound Recordings - Introduction of Blank Tape Levy in Respect of Copyright in Sound Recordings in South Africa The South African Government has given notice of a proposed amendment to the South African Copyright Act, 1978 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=269 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=269 1990-01-01 00:00:00 Protection of Computer Programs by Copyright in South Africa; How to Obtain Copyright in a Computer Program Copyright is a sub-species of intellectual property law, the other sub-species being patents, designs and trade marks. http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=272 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=272 1990-01-01 00:00:00 Who Owns the Soul of a Painting? The poets and the song writers talk of possessing the female objects of their affections "body and soul". http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=273 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=273 1990-01-01 00:00:00 Sound Recordings in South Africa; the Cinderella of the Copyright Family Sound recordings as a class of work deserving of protection under the regime of intellectual property law are to a certain extent the step child of South African http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=274 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=274 1990-01-01 00:00:00 The Interplay Between Copyright and Design Protection There is a measure of overlap between protection granted to artistic works under the Copyright Act and protection granted to designs of articles by virtue of registration under designs legislation. No essential change has been . . . http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=275 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=275 1990-01-01 00:00:00 Cheaper European Patent Protection in the Pipeline In terms of current European patent practice a person wishing to obtain patent protection simultaneously in several European countries http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=113 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=113 0000-00-00 00:00:00 ARIPO Board of Appeal Issues First Patent Decision ARIPO (African Regional Intellectual Property Organization) is a regional patent filing system in Africa http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=115 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=115 0000-00-00 00:00:00 Patent "Obviousness" and Related Matters - Breaking New Ground In this article, the writer comments on a recent judgment in the Supreme Court of Appeal of South Africa handed http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=140 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=140 0000-00-00 00:00:00 Audio Transcription of Interview on Classic FM on 17 July 2006; Patenting Computer Software Once again the topic is intellectual property with the people from Spoor & Fisher http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=144 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=144 0000-00-00 00:00:00 Circular No. 346: Africa Newsletter (Trade Marks) One of the most common problems that we experience in the registration of trade marks in Africa is the delay that occurs in the advertisement of http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=227 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=227 0000-00-00 00:00:00 Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Others "Kidnapped and Held Hostage" in Extraordinary Legal Proceeding Leading copyright lawyer at Spoor & Fisher, Dr Owen Dean, has been awarded a court order authorizing him to attach legendary Disney trade marks pending http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=259 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=259 0000-00-00 00:00:00 Copyright Infringement Claim in Respect of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" The executor of the estate of the late Solomon Linda has brought a claim of copyright infringement based on the reversionary interest in the musical work entitled "Mbube" from which the well known hit song "The Lion Sleeps Tonight http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=260 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=260 0000-00-00 00:00:00 Copyright The underlying principle behind intellectual property law is best described by a clause in the Constitution of the United States of America which reads: http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=271 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=271 0000-00-00 00:00:00 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=452 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=452 0000-00-00 00:00:00 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=453 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=453 0000-00-00 00:00:00 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=454 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=454 0000-00-00 00:00:00 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=455 http://www.spoor.com/home/index.php?ipkArticleID=455 0000-00-00 00:00:00