Nedbank and IT entrepreneurs in developing patent saga

It has recently been reported that two IT entrepreneurs from Gugulethu have made an application for an interdict to prevent Nedbank from using, that is, infringing, their invention protected by South African patent number 2016/05259 entitled “Method of and system for activating

Let us not call a thing, thing

In the past months, I have started really paying attention to every billboard I come across.

The Search for Your Information Officer Begins Now

The Regulations relating to the Protection of Personal Information 2018 (the Regulations) were published by the Information Regulator on 14 December 2018.

Research and Development in South Africa: A must-read for any business operating in South Africa

In 2006, the South African Government introduced a tax-incentive scheme aimed at increasing scientific and technological research and development expenditure by businesses throughout all sectors in South Africa.

The rise of blockchain technology and how Intellectual Property Law could benefit from it

The word ‘blockchain’ has garnered much attention over the last few years, with some labelling it as an elaborate scam, while other opportunists made millions during the initial Bitcoin “storm”.

Patents: ARIPO or OAPI…what is the difference?

Filing patents in Africa is often perceived as a minefield of different regional and national laws, whilst it is in fact r

The interplay between Company Name Reservations, Trade Mark Registrations and Defensive Company Name Registrations

More often than not, business owners do not attend to a trade mark availability search before they register their company name at the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC).

Burundi and Rwanda – renewals are due

One of the benefits of trade marks, compared to other forms of intellectual property like patents and copyright, is that a trade mark can be protected in perpetuity.  However, in order for this to be possible, the following conditions have to be met:

Domain Name Disputes – Are they worth it?

ADR, UDRP and URS. SAIIPL, ICANN, WIPO, MFSD, ADNRC, and NAF. You’re probably confused, aren’t you?