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Why it pays to link products to places - and how African countries can do it

How geographical indications can provide economic and financial advantages to a product's place of origin...

By Samuel Samiai Andrews 1 day ago

How to avoid buying, reselling and losing credibility to counterfeit goods

The internet has become a major enabler in the sale of online counterfeit products, ensuring anonymity and providing counterfeiters with access to a global market...

By Jarred West 2 days ago

Who holds the IP rights to your social media content?

Social media platforms Instagram, Facebook and TikTok have provided a (sometimes dangerously) easy way for wannabe celebrities to get themselves into the public eye. But before you go posting your clips and photos on social media, take a minute to think about a few things...

By Vicky Stilwell 28 Jan 2021

Know your IP: What it takes to make a film

Filmmaking is a complex collaborative endeavour, giving rise to many different layers of production, including the script or screenplay, the soundtrack, the direction, and the performances. Here we have a look at what every filmmaker should know about the intellectual property of film...

By Hugh Melamdowitz 26 Jan 2021

#BestofBiz 2020: Legal

We've compiled our annual #BestofBiz 2020 lists across all our industries featuring our most popular articles, most-read contributors and brand press offices with the most views. Discover the most read content on Bizcommunity's Legal site over the past year below...

14 Dec 2020

What you need to know about Brexit 2020 and your registered designs...

Having formally left the EU on 31 January 2020, the UK is now in the transition period, which allows it to remain part of the EU intellectual property system until 31 December 2020. That's only a few weeks away. So, how will the UK's departure from the EU affect registered design rights holders in the UK and EU...?

By Shamin Raghunandan and Mpho Dzhivhuwo 3 Dec 2020

Who owns the copyright to a computer program?

With new and innovative computer programs constantly being developed in all sectors, opportunities abound to not only create apps or programs that are revolutionary but that can also potentially bring in a substantial income. Having a developer produce a program to your requirements is most exciting but not understanding who owns it can result in much heartache and financial loss in the long run...

By Galia Bloch 23 Nov 2020

What are the IP implications of virtual reality?

Virtual reality has been on the rise in the past years and is a growing and dynamic area of technological advancement and development. In 2020, through necessity, many of us have found ourselves conducting various aspects of our lives, everything from business meetings to birthday parties, through virtual platforms...

By Nicole Smalberger 19 Nov 2020

Diversity of IP rights - unpacking wine as a case study

As a nation, South Africa is peopled by passionate wine-drinkers, consuming 4 million hectolitres (1.6% of the world's total) in 2019. While we love our wine, few of us have stopped to consider the intellectual property (IP) rights that exist in viticulture and viniculture...

By Marco Vatta 13 Nov 2020

The interplay of drug design and patents

The development of novel or blockbuster drug compounds invariably requires an initial search to determine whether target compounds have already been synthesised and are protected by a patent...

By Bernard Dippenaar 13 Nov 2020

In-cider scoop: descriptive vs distinctive trade marks

In order for a trade mark to be registrable, it must be distinctive and capable of distinguishing one party's products from another's. What we often see, particularly in the alcohol industry, is, for example, certain ciders, named after the variety of apple used to make the cider itself. But is this name considered 'distinctive' or 'descriptive'...?

By Karen Kitchen 3 Nov 2020

The uber-zoom: The case against trade mark genericide

Let's say "Zoom" becomes a synonym for conducting online video meetings, regardless of the app used - or worse, it becomes a verb. In this way, Zoom will lose its distinctiveness. It will become a generic trade mark, and its owners won't be able to stop others from using "Zoom" to refer to online conferencing services...

By Jeanine Coetzer 2 Nov 2020

Bizcommunity and NSP Consultants congratulate BizListing winners!

Congratulations to the SME companies who have won full-page BizListing entries in Bizcommunity's business directory...

Issued by 26 Oct 2020

McFringement? McDonald's take Hungry Jack's to court over new Big Jack burger

On 31 August 2020, companies in the McDonald's group filed a lawsuit against the Hungry Jack's franchise in the Australian federal court...

By Jani Cronjé and Jared de Canha 2 Oct 2020

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