Starting a business and want to protect your name? Here’s how…


There are two areas of protection that need to be considered - the company aspect and the trademark aspect. Regarding the company aspect, you will need to know how you intend trading. For example: As a sole proprietor using a trade style; As a registered company; As a registered close corporation. If you do not … Continue reading Starting a business and want to protect your name? Here’s how…

Intellectual property infringement – what do do?


  The internet contains masses of information such as text, images, photographs and so forth. All these objects are actually the intellectual property of an individual somewhere in the world and this person owns the exclusive rights to his or her work. The information available on the internet is unfortunately not all free and made … Continue reading Intellectual property infringement – what do do?

Why should you register your trademark?


Benefits of registration Registering your trade mark gives you the exclusive right to use your mark for the goods and/or services that it covers in the country where you file. If you have a registered trade mark you can put the ® symbol next to it to warn others against using it. However, using this … Continue reading Why should you register your trademark?

What is the difference between ‘admission’ and ‘disclaimer’ in trademarks?


An admission is normally required where a word that is required for use in the trade by other traders has been miss-spelt in a trade mark, e.g. “soopa” as opposed to “super”. The applicant will be required to admit that he does not obtain any exclusive rights in the word “super”. A disclaimer is required … Continue reading What is the difference between ‘admission’ and ‘disclaimer’ in trademarks?

Intellectual property and the Berne Convention


Businesses and individuals need to become familiar with their rights relating to intellectual property protection in South Africa in order to guard their ideas and prevent others from using them for their own profit. The copyright protection of intellectual property in South Africa is governed by South African Copyright Act of 1978. South Africa is … Continue reading Intellectual property and the Berne Convention