Legal Trends 2019



Copyright law does not protect the taste of cheese

"Blessed are the cheesemakers", runs the famous line from the Monty Python film Life of Brian. But a recent court case gives the lie to the notion that manufacturers of cheese have fortune on their side...

By Estelle Derclaye 7 hours ago

Adams & Adams adopts .africa domain

Intellectual property and commercial law firm, Adams & Adams, announced a digital identity switchover to on its social media accounts.

1 day ago

These South African inventors are ready to roll!

Portia Mavhungu and her business partner, Darushna Chellan, developed an innovative new device - essentially a built-in wheelchair toilet - and dubbed it the "Para Tube"...

Issued by Adams & Adams 8 Jan 2019

#BestofBiz 2018: Legal

We've compiled our annual #BestofBiz 2018 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...

18 Dec 2018

3D printing and the protection of IP rights

The ease with which 3D printing technology makes it to copy and reproduce products, regardless of whether the goods are protected by a patent, trademark or copyright, creates complex IP policing issues...

By Pamela Maluleke 13 Dec 2018

IP is in our DNA! Adams & Adams named Law Firm of the Year 2019

Adams & Adams is South Africa's Law Firm of the Year 2019 in Intellectual Property according to peer review publisher, Best Lawyers...

Issued by Adams & Adams 7 Dec 2018

Improved protection for SA actors

The National Assembly has approved redrafted versions of the Performers' Protection Amendment Bill, the Copyright Amendment Bill and the National Gambling Amendment Bill, says Parliament's spokesperson Moloto Mothapo...

7 Dec 2018

Can patents help regulate future experimentation with designer babies?

Jiankui He, an associate professor of bioengineering who is currently on leave from Southern University of Science and Technology, in Shenzhen, China, has claimed to be the first to successfully bring to life two genetically-edited twin girls, Lulu and Nana. The objective was to prevent the twin baby girls from acquiring HIV infection by modifying their genes...

By Daniel Mak 5 Dec 2018

Trade, Industry Committee adopts copyright bills

Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry has adopted reports on the Copyright Amendment Bill and the Performers Protection Amendment Bill which seek to establish and protect the rights of creators and copyright owners...

16 Nov 2018

What Nestlé's attempt to trademark the shape of a KitKat teaches us about design

For many people there is something irresistible about chocolate. But in the hungry rush to make it part of our bodies there is a missed opportunity to meditate on different gestural experiences...

By Tom Lee and Stefan Lie 2 Nov 2018

Who owns the IP created by students during university?

If you are currently studying or planning your studies at a university in South Africa, it is important that you understand your rights as an intellectual property creator during your time there, as you may be creating intellectual property without knowing it...

By Dawid Prozesky 30 Oct 2018

Bizcommunity Recruitment in Africa Focus

A comprehensive B2B Recruitment Focus from December 2018 to February 2019 will ensure that Bizcommunity is the go-to destination for all the B2B news you'll need to plan your HR and recruitment strategies in 2019...

Issued by 23 Oct 2018

Have your say on Copyright Amendment Bill

Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry is calling for public comments on additional clauses of the Copyright Amendment Bill...

16 Oct 2018

The best Biz summer holiday (content) package ever!

Feeling a bit state-capsized, swept along by more waves than a cryptocurrency chart? Here are some life-saving festive content ideas...

Issued by 15 Oct 2018

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