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Prominent attorney sought to mislead judges

By Daily News Published on Tuesday, 23 March 2021
Tags: #Ethics #Intellectual Property Law #Litigation
A senior partner at a leading SA law firm has scored a victory for Nivea in its battle with actress Connie Ferguson's beauty products company, but Gérard du Plessis faces a fight of his own after the SCA reported him to the Legal Practice Council for allegedly attempting to mislead five judges.

David and Goliath at the honey pot...

By Daily News Published on Tuesday, 09 March 2021
Tags: #Intellectual Property Law #Litigation
A tiny KZN honey enterprise is in a battle with corporate giant Food Lover’s Market (FLM) over it trademark, Nature’s Gold.

Berry industry in row over trading rights

By Daily News Published on Tuesday, 10 November 2020
Tags: #Intellectual Property Law #Litigation
The blueberry industry could be at risk because of an intellectual property dispute, according to the South African berry producers’ association, Berries ZA.

SCA scotches bid to pass off vodka as whisky

By Daily News Published on Tuesday, 22 September 2020
Tags: #Intellectual Property Law #Litigation
The SCA has interdicted a company from selling two products which purport to be whisky. It also restrained the company from representing the products as being whisky or whisky-flavoured when they were not, and as having an alcohol content of 43% or higher when they did not.

What is and what's not patentable

By Daily News Published on Tuesday, 05 May 2020
Tags: #Health Care & Social #Intellectual Property Law
In response to the scramble to find a cure and be the first to own patent rights to a vaccine against the coronavirus, the question arises whether current and future research in the fight against Covid-19 is even patentable.

Liberty wins Vitality battle with Discovery

By Daily News Published on Friday, 17 April 2020
Tags: #Intellectual Property Law #Litigation
The High Court has dismissed a case from insurer Discovery against rival Liberty, who it had argued was infringing on its trademarks and competing unlawfully, Liberty said yesterday.

Fashionista wins restraint of trade battle

By Daily News Published on Monday, 02 March 2020
Tags: #Employment and Labour Law #Intellectual Property Law #Litigation
A Durban fashionista caught in an employment battle between two trendy retail giants walked out of court victorious last week, according to a Sunday Tribune report.

Part mark filing can help enforcement

By Daily News Published on Wednesday, 13 November 2019
Tags: #Intellectual Property Law
Copycat products imported into SA often replicate well-known brands. In such cases, questions arise over whether the owner of the legitimate well-known brand can sue based on SA's counterfeit laws, trademark infringement, a type of unlawful competition known as passing off, or copyright infringement.

Street vendor stands firm against Unilever

By Daily News Published on Monday, 19 August 2019
Tags: #Intellectual Property Law #Litigation
Unilever SA has written to an Alexandra township street vendor who posted a video on social media accusing it of stealing his intellectual property, says a Daily Dispatch Weekend Edition report.

Copyright Bill may cost SA R12bn in US exports

By Daily News Published on Wednesday, 12 June 2019
Tags: #Intellectual Property Law
About R12bn of SA’s exports could lose preferential access to US markets if a lobby group convinces the Donald Trump administration to withdraw SA’s trade status should the contentious Copyright Amendment Bill be passed into law in its current form, notes a Business Day report.

Pick n Pay in trademark battle over braai products

By Daily News Published on Tuesday, 23 April 2019
Tags: #Intellectual Property Law #Litigation
A Durban businessman is taking on Pick n Pay in the KZN High Court for using his trademark on their braai products. In court papers, Flamco CC owner Rajan Naicker said he had hoped to resolve the matter amicably but the retailer continued to use his trademark, Braaitime, notes a Sunday Times report.

Copyright Bill is 'expropriation without compensation'

By Daily News Published on Wednesday, 17 April 2019
Tags: #Copyright Law #General Legal Practice #Intellectual Property Law
The Coalition for Effective Copyright has petitioned President Cyril Ramaphosa not to sign the Copyright Amendment Bill into law. At a media briefing at Constitutional Hill yesterday, the coalition's spokesperson Collen Dlamini said if the Bill was signed into law it would amount to expropriation of local content without compensation, says a TimesLIVE report.

Brenda Fassie movie rights belong to son

By Daily News Published on Monday, 01 April 2019
Tags: #Intellectual Property Law #Litigation
A legal tussle over the film rights of Afropop star Brenda Fassie has been laid to rest after the company which claimed it had the exclusive rights to make a film of her life lost its court battle.

Ramaphosa urged not to sign Copyright Bill

By Daily News Published on Monday, 01 April 2019
Tags: #Intellectual Property Law
Film organisations have slammed Parliament for passing the Copyright Amendment Bill. As reported in Legalbrief Today, the National Council of Provinces passed the Bill last week and sent it to President Cyril Ramaphosa to sign into law. A Weekend Argus report notes the Coalition for Effective Copyright in SA objected to the Bill, saying it contradicts the World Intellectual Property Organisation Copyright Treaty which the house adopted.

SA musician claims hit single plagiarised

By Daily News Published on Monday, 18 March 2019
Tags: #Intellectual Property Law #Litigation
SA musician Daniel Baron is taking on international dance music superstar David Guetta with claims he plagiarised Baron’s 2016 hit single, Children of The Sun, says a Sunday Times report. Baron, who is signed to Universal Music, claims Guetta’s track, Light Headed, featuring Australian singer Sia and released in September 2018, has a ‘near-identical’ melody to Children of The Sun.

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