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Global authors take aim at controversial copyright Bill

By Daily News Published on Tuesday, 27 February 2024
Tags: #Intellectual Property Law #Litigation
A global network of authors' societies is asking the National Assembly not to adopt the Copyright Amendment Bill. The Bill, which was initially turned down by the President nearly four years ago, is up for reconsideration by the National Assembly this week.

FNB fails trademark bid by UAE’s biggest bank

By Daily News Published on Wednesday, 21 February 2024
Tags: #Intellectual Property Law #Litigation
FirstRand has tried in vain to bar UAE's largest bank by assets – First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB) – from applying for a trade name under the FAB banner, failing to convince the court that the trademark application infringes that of its subsidiary, FNB.

Rugby union wins ambush marketing case

By Daily News Published on Monday, 18 September 2023
Tags: #Intellectual Property Law #Litigation #Sports Law
The South African Rugby Union (Saru) has won the legal battle to have food company Eskort cease its ambush marketing campaign using the Springboks, reports TimesLIVE.

Distributor gets deadline to reveal source of fake shoes

By Daily News Published on Monday, 14 August 2023
Tags: #Criminal Law #Intellectual Property Law #Litigation
Carvela shoes have become symbols of style, affluence and street-cred among a fashion-conscious sector in SA.

Provita loses Snactive court challenge

By Daily News Published on Tuesday, 11 July 2023
Tags: #Intellectual Property Law #Litigation
Provita owner National Brands, a subsidiary of AVI, has lost a trademark battle against competitor Snactive after the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) concluded its rights did not extend to its biscuit's characteristics.

FNB fails to block FAB trademark

By Daily News Published on Tuesday, 11 July 2023
Tags: #Banking & Finance Law #Intellectual Property Law #Litigation
FirstRand has tried and failed to bar Abu Dhabi’s leading banks from using the FAB trademark, which it says resembles that of its FNB subsidiary.

ConCourt upholds ARB's Colgate brand ruling

By Daily News Published on Tuesday, 27 June 2023
Tags: #Intellectual Property Law #Litigation
Colgate-Palmolive SA has won its long-running battle with Bliss Brands over the packaging of Bliss’ Securex soap, which Colgate claimed was similar to its Protex brand.

SCA bid by Cape Cookies crumbles

By Daily News Published on Wednesday, 14 June 2023
Tags: #Intellectual Property Law
The cookie has crumbled for biscuit manufacturer, Cape Cookies, which has been told it cannot trademark its SnackCrax biscuit brand as a ‘savoury biscuit’ as it would cause confusion in the market with its competitor, Salticrax.

Big Pharma wins against Clicks in patents dispute

By Daily News Published on Monday, 12 June 2023
Tags: #Intellectual Property Law #Litigation
More than a year after reserving judgment in an urgent application, Judge Colleen Collis has finally handed down her ruling, confirming pharmaceutical giant Bayer’s patent rights.

Trade Mark Registration Process in South Africa and the benefits thereof

By Le Grange & Associates Attorneys | Jaco Le Grange | Published on Monday, 06 February 2023
Tags: #Copyright Law #Intellectual Property Law
This article will explain the Trade Mark registration process in South Africa. It will also provide you with the benefits of a registered Trade Mark.

Protex and Lifebuoy brawl over advertising claims

By Daily News Published on Tuesday, 22 November 2022
Tags: #Intellectual Property Law
The maker of Protex, Colgate-Palmolive, has failed to convince the Advertising Regulatory Board (ARB) that its competitor Lifebuoy should be banned from using the phrase ‘Deep Clean’ on its soaps reports Business Insider.

Nando's grills Pedro's in ads scrap

By Daily News Published on Wednesday, 16 November 2022
Tags: #Intellectual Property Law #Litigation
In two recent ads, flame-grilled chicken chain Pedros poked at Nando’s, implying that its characters disapprove of Nando’s chicken and prefer Pedros chicken instead.

Chicken Licken loses 'soul' copyright case

By Daily News Published on Friday, 04 November 2022
Tags: #Intellectual Property Law #Litigation
Chicken Licken has been denied sole use of the word ‘soul’ in the context of restaurants, having failed to convince the SCA that a smaller competitor was sowing confusion.

How US firm doctored FNB logo

By Daily News Published on Tuesday, 25 October 2022
Tags: #Banking & Finance Law #Intellectual Property Law #Litigation
A top New York design firm hired to create the brand identity for FNB in 1986 lifted the famous acacia tree artwork from an SA botany book by Jo Onderstall.

Ntando Duma allegedly liable for copyright infringement

By Daily News Published on Tuesday, 27 September 2022
Tags: #Intellectual Property Law #Litigation
Actress Ntando Duma will soon find out whether she is liable for copyright infringement following improper conduct allegations levelled against her by celebrity photography agency Pixel Kollective after she apparently used photos taken by the agency for her social media campaign for snacks manufacturer Simba.

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