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The Blind Side of Shelf Companies
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Interior Designers, Take Note!
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ARIPO 36th Session Administrative Council and Council of Ministers Meetings in Zanzibar, United Republic of Tanzania
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New Industrial Property Law in Djibouti
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Zambia: Unregistered Trade Marks do not Provide Grounds for Opposition
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Plant Breeders Rights in Zambia
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Tunisia acceptance of termination of the London Act of The Hague Agreement
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British Virgin Islands 2013 Validity of Service Mark Registrations Reaffirmed
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Public Holidays in April and May - SA and Jersey Offices

Spoor & Fisher - 2014-04-16
Please note that, due to Public Holidays in April and May, our offices will be closed on the following dates...

Spoor & Fisher proudly supports Dr IM Monare Primary School

Hlogi Kgothadi - 2013-11-01
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.

Spoor & Fisher brings IP to your iPad and iPhone

Spoor & Fisher - 2013-08-20
The intellectual property profile of Africa now fits in the palm of your hand with the Spoor & Fisher powerful, user-friendly IP App.

Ongoing delays experienced when lodging annual returns and the requirement to lodge audited financial statements with the CIPC

Spoor & Fisher - 2013-05-22
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.

Public Holiday Closure

Spoor & Fisher - 2013-05-08
The 9th of May 2013 is a Public Holiday in Jersey and the Spoor & Fisher Jersey office will be closed on this day.

World Intellectual Property Day celebrates the power of creativity

Spoor & Fisher - 2013-04-25
World Intellectual Property Day will be celebrated on April the 26th and the theme for 2013 is: Creativity: the next generation

Spoor & Fisher and Spoor & Fisher Jersey - Public Holiday Closures

Spoor & Fisher - 2013-04-23
Please note that, due to Public Holidays, our offices will be closed on the following dates

Public Holiday Closure

Spoor & Fisher - 2013-03-20
The 21st of March is a Public Holiday in South Africa and the Spoor & Fisher offices in South Africa will be closed.

Spoor & Fisher welcomes Jacky He to the team

Spoor & Fisher - 2013-02-27
Spoor & Fisher is pleased to announce that Mr Jacky He has joined the firm as a candidate attorney.

MIP survey gives Spoor & Fisher top tier status in the South African patents arena

Spoor & Fisher - 2013-02-08
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.

Morocco - major increase in official fees for trade marks, patents and designs

Matthew Costard - 2012-12-18
Morocco - major increase in official fees for trade marks, patents and designs

ARIPO 36th Session Administrative Council and Council of Ministers Meetings in Zanzibar, United Republic of Tanzania

Spoor & Fisher - 2012-12-04
ARIPO held its 36th Session Administrative Council and Council of Ministers Meetings in Zanzibar, United Republic of Tanzania.

Making a difference is a reward in itself - S&F nominated for TrustLaw award

Spoor & Fisher - 2012-10-18
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.

DLA Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr and Spoor & Fisher enter into strategic agreement

Spoor & Fisher - 2012-09-07
DLA Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr has entered into a strategic agreement with Spoor & Fisher.

Plant Breeders Rights in Tanzania (Tanzania - Mainland and Zanzibar)

Craig Kahn - 2012-04-26
Looking at plant breeders rights in Tanzania

Africa and the Hague Agreement - Tunisia Joins the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement

Spoor & Fisher - 2012-04-04
The Republic of Tunisia deposited its Instrument of Accession to the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning

Spoor & Fisher opens new office in OAPI

Spoor & Fisher - 2012-01-24
We are delighted to announce the opening of our new local office in OAPI: Spoor & Fisher OAPI.

New hands at the helm keep Spoor & Fisher on course

Spoor & Fisher - 2012-01-19
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.

LIBYA - Update

Spoor & Fisher Jersey - 2011-11-21
Update on the state of the Patents and Trademarks office in Tripoli

Libyan Registry Safe and Well

Spoor & Fisher - 2011-09-30
The Office of the Intellectual Property Division in Tripoli was not damaged during the recent fighting

The Republic of South Sudan: Intellectual property rights - more questions than answers

Mac Spence - 2011-09-30
Sudanese patents and trade mark registrations are not recognised in South Sudan.

Complementary and alternative medicines to be regulated - but definitions cause confusion

Dirk Hanekom - 2011-09-28
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).

Recent developments - Libya

Spoor and Fisher - 2011-09-20
Libyan branch unharmed

Launch of Somali Top Level Domain Name (TLD)

Spoor and Fisher - 2011-04-01
To all existing domain name clients, we would like to bring the launch of the Somali Top Level Domain Name (TLD) to your attention.

PMR again rates Spoor & Fisher No 1

Spoor & Fisher - 2010-11-22
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.

Developments at Spoor and Fisher

Spoor and Fisher - 2010-03-01
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.

Exchange Control Ruling on Assignments of Trade Marks

- 2010-02-19
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.

Managing Intellectual Property names Spoor & Fisher as top South African IP law firm - again.

Spoor & Fisher - 2010-02-10
Spoor & Fisher has been named South Africas top IP law firm for the third year in a row!

PMR rates Spoor & Fisher No 1

Spoor & Fisher - 2010-01-27
PMR rates Spoor & Fisher No 1

Liberia Joins ARIPO

Craig Kahn - 2010-01-19
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.

Spoor & Fisher named top IP law firm by MIP

Christel Botha - 2009-04-02
Spoor & Fisher acknowledged as the Top intellectual Property law firm in South Africa

ASA Protects Trade Dress

Landry MK - 2009-03-31
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.

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