2022 Crammer® Recordings - content for you!
Afro-IP Blog
by Afro Leo
3M ago
This year’s Crammer®event hosted by Adams & Adams in late October attracted over 250 attendees and is the largest legal conference of its type in Africa. It’s an annual event designed to distill a year’s worth of legal content (largely intellectual property related) into a single morning through short, sharp presentations. This year’s keynote speaker was Kimberley Taylor an inspiring, young businessperson who has created Loop, a groundbreaking logistics company, and Stephen Key, a renowned, US-based inventor and author who is passionate about helping others create value out of their innova ..read more
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Six Steps for Value Creation in Heritage Brands
Afro-IP Blog
by Afro Leo
1y ago
From a legal perspective we know that brands are protected by a number of different laws including copyright, trade mark, design and even personality rights where, for example, the brand is linked to people. We know too that under these laws the legal owner has several rights that are linked to monetary consideration, compensation, or penalties. These include rights to costs, damages, reasonable royalties, accounts of profit and fines. This creates an economic market for these rights that can be traded, licensed, pledged and leveraged. A heritage brand is a type of brand that is linked to cu ..read more
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SOUTH AFRICA: HIGH COURT STILL NOT QUITE GETTING IT RIGHT
Afro-IP Blog
by Afro Leo
1y ago
In the recent case of iCollege (Pty) Ltd (iCollege) v Excellence Skills Development and Mentoring (Expertease Skills) and ZA Central Registry NPC (Domain Name Registry), iCollege (Pty) Ltd sued Expertease Skills for trade mark infringement and passing off for their use of the mark ICOLLEGE, and requested the transfer of the domain name icollege.co.za from the Domain Name Registry. The citation of the Domain Name Registry is a mechanism for enforcement of the judgment, and they did not take part in proceedings. It is apparent from the decision that the High Court, in dismissing the claim, has ..read more
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World IP Day 2021 Free Workshop Event - IP & SMEs: Taking your ideas to market
Afro-IP Blog
by Chijioke Ifeoma Okorie
1y ago
In celebration of World Intellectual Property Day 2021, the Centre for IP Law at the University of Pretoria together with Adams & Adams Attorneys will host a free Workshop on 28 April 2021. The theme for World IP Day 2021 is IP & SMEs: Taking your ideas to market. To that end, the free workshop will focus on how small- and medium-sized enterprises can benefit from using the IP system and other topics such as IP valuation, IP finance, IP infringement and IP licensing. There will be a free IP consultation in the form of a Q&A session for SMEs and individuals interested in learning ..read more
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Afro-IP is looking for you!
Afro-IP Blog
by Afro Leo
2y ago
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Mauritian Lead Public Private Educational Targets Counterfeits in South East Africa
Afro-IP Blog
by Afro-Dodo
2y ago
INTA, together with the Mauritius Revenue Authority (MRA) and IPvocate Africa, organised a first virtual Customs training for 24 south-east African countries that took place from 9 to 11 December 2020 (for English-speaking countries and on 17 and 18 March 2021 (for French-speaking countries). Customs officials from all around East Africa participated in the online seminar hosted on the secure virtual conferencing platform of INTA. The training sessions will be followed by a customs action targeting counterfeit goods in the region in the second quarter of 2021. The initiative was born out of a ..read more
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Scholarly Horizons - a new resource for all things copyright and more
Afro-IP Blog
by Afro Leo
2y ago
Denise Nicholson, the specialist librarian in copyright and scholarly communication, has launched Scholarly Horizons, a resource and advisory service for publishers, researchers and academics and more! According to the website launched this week, Scholarly Horizons offers various web sessions which are particularly useful for academics, authors, postgraduate students, and librarians, but can also be tailored for corporates, government departments, specific interest groups, freelancers, NGO’s, authors, and/or secondary school teachers and learners. In a ..read more
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Mauritius joins ARIPO
Afro-IP Blog
by Afro Leo
2y ago
Marius Schneider & Nora Ho Tu Nam, IPvocate Africa Legal Advisers have informed Afro-Dodo that the Republic of Mauritius is now the twentieth African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) member state. Mauritius deposited its instrument of accession to the Lusaka Agreement which establishes ARIPO on 25 September 2020. Mauritius has however not acceded to the relevant protocols related to patent, trade mark or design. It is not possible to designate Mauritius via an ARIPO application.  "We have not heard anything locally on the future accession o ..read more
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INTA Webcast Series: Enforcement of IP Rights in Africa
Afro-IP Blog
by Afro Leo
2y ago
INTA, the global association of brand owners and professionals supporting trademarks and related IP to foster trust, economic growth, and innovation, have teamed up with Marius Schneider and Vanessa Ferguson to broadcast a webcast series dedicated to Africa. It is available live or on demand! The six-session webcast series, Enforcement of IP Rights in Africa, will highlight developments in Africa. The presenters include government officials, practitioners, and brand-owner representatives from key jurisdictions. The series starts with an overview session focusing on the current economi ..read more
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SOUTH AFRICA: CIGARETTE BRAND OWNERS OCEANS APART?
Afro-IP Blog
by Afro Leo
2y ago
Cape Horn is a rugged headland that lies at the southernmost point of Terra de Fuego, an archipelago at the very tip of South America. It is notoriously difficult to navigate, with unpredictable weather, high seas, strong winds and turbulent conditions. It is where the Atlantic and Pacific oceans meet and it took a Dutchman Jacob Le Maire to first circumnavigate this cape in 1616. Fast forward 400 odd years and we have a case report of a South African judge navigating the turbulent waters of a trade mark dispute between a licensor and its former licensee involving the brands PACIFIC and ATLANT ..read more
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