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World IP day 2017

26 April offers a celebration of intellectual property and this year it will be the 17th World IP day - the anniversary of the day that the World Intellectual Property Organization Convention was activated in 1970. World IP day was brought into being with the...

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Tesla vs Adidas Trademark

American automaker Tesla, Inc. filed a trademark application in August 2016 for the new Model 3 logo. The Tesla Model 3 logo with three horizontal lines was going to cover a variety of classes including automobiles and apparel. Adidas filed a notice of opposition over...

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Nestlé trademark case in Singapore

Nestlé lost it's appeal in the trademark case to protect Kit Kat shapes in Singapore. The two-finger and four-finger shapes of Kit Kat chocolate bars are not entitled to trademark protection in Singapore. Kit Kat chocolate wafers are made by Swiss food and beverage...

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Monkey Selfie Copyright Case

Case Updates 28 July 2016 - PETA has filed an appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. 18 February 2016 - The district court dismissed the complaint with prejudice for lack of standing under the Copyright Act and entered judgment. In 2011 a...

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Snapchat Spectacles

Snap, Inc. announced earlier in 2016 that it had created a pair of video-recording sunglasses called Snapchat Spectacles. A limited number of Spectacles went on sale through a yellow pop-up vending machine in Venice, California and people finally got to see what was...

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Low-cost Cooling

Researchers at Stanford University engineered a low-cost Plastic-Based textile that could become the basis for clothing that cools the wearer. This new type of fabric could keep people cool in hot climates and reduce the need for air conditioning. Plastic-Based...

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Solar Roof Tiles by TESLA

At the 28 October 2016 press event at Universal Studios in L.A., Elon Musk announced the new Tesla roof tiles that are fully functional solar panels with integrated batteries. It will allow residential homeowners to replace their entire roof with solar panels, making...

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Valerie Hunter-Gordon dies at 94

Valerie Hunter-Gordon, the Scottish inventor of the disposable nappy has died at the age of 94. Valerie was fed up with washing towel nappies and began fashioning her first prototype. She made the first disposable nappy on her sewing machine from the nylon material...

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2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

The 2016 Nobel Prize for Chemistry has been awarded for the development of the world's smallest machines. Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Sir Fraser Stoddart and Bernard Feringa will share the 8m kronor (£ 727,000) prize for the design and synthesis of machines on a molecular...

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Reusable ships to Mars

SpaceX Founder, CEO, and Lead Designer Elon Musk reveals his plans for a reusable ship to Mars. He will discuss the long-term technical challenges that need to be solved to support the creation of a permanent, self-sustaining human presence on Mars. The technical...

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Trademark Lawyers

Trademark lawyers are responsible for delivering legal advice regarding intellectual property, registrations of trademarks and litigation. It is vital for trademark lawyers to have thorough grounding in trademark law and working knowledge of related issues such as...

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BOTSWANA: Trademark Applications

BOTSWANA: Trademark Applications << Back Trade Marks Patents Designs ✓  Paris Convention ✓  PCT ✓  ARIPO ✘  OAPI Trademark protection is obtainable via national filing or ARIPO. Power of Attorney Scanned copy of simply signed Power of Attorney (no notarization...

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ZIMBABWE: Trademark Applications

ZIMBABWE: Trademark Applications << Back Trade Marks Patents Designs ✓  Paris Convention ✓  PCT ✓  ARIPO ✘  OAPI Trademark protection is obtainable via national filing or ARIPO. Power of Attorney Scanned copy of simply signed Power of Attorney (no notarization...

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NAMIBIA: Trademark Applications

NAMIBIA: Trademark Applications << Back Trade Marks Patents Designs ✓  Paris Convention ✓  PCT ✓  ARIPO ✘  OAPI Trademark protection is obtainable via national filing or ARIPO. Power of Attorney Scanned copy of simply signed Power of Attorney (no notarization or...

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SÃO TOMÉ AND PRÍNCIPE: Design Applications

SÃO TOMÉ AND PRÍNCIPE: Design Applications << Back Trade Marks Patents Designs ✓  Paris Convention ✓  ARIPO ✘  OAPI Design protection is obtainable via national filing or ARIPO. Power of Attorney No set deadline. Must be in Portuguese or have a verified...

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SÃO TOMÉ AND PRÍNCIPE: Patent Applications

SÃO TOMÉ AND PRÍNCIPE: Patent Applications << Back Trade Marks Patents Designs ✓  Paris Convention ✓  PCT ✓  ARIPO ✘  OAPI Patent protection is obtainable via national filing or ARIPO. Power of Attorney Required upon filing, must be in Portuguese. Specification,...

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SIERRA LEONE: Patent Applications

SIERRA LEONE: Patent Applications << Back Trade Marks Patents Designs ✓  Paris Convention ✓  PCT ✓  ARIPO ✘  OAPI Patent protection is obtainable via national filing or ARIPO. For Registration of a Granted UK Patent Power of Attorney is required upon filing. Two...

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SEYCHELLES: Design Applications

SEYCHELLES: Design Applications << Back Trade Marks Patents Designs ✓  Paris Convention ✘  ARIPO ✘  OAPI Power of Attorney No set deadline. Artwork Drawings or photographs of the design are required upon filing. A specimen of the article embodying the design may...

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SIERRA LEONE: Design Applications

SIERRA LEONE: Design Applications << Back Trade Marks Patents Designs ✓  Paris Convention ✓  ARIPO ✘  OAPI Design protection is obtainable via national filing or ARIPO. Power of Attorney No set deadline. Artwork Drawings, photographs or other graphic...

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NAMIBIA: Design Applications

NAMIBIA: Design Applications << Back Trade Marks Patents Designs ✓  Paris Convention ✓  ARIPO ✘  OAPI Design protection is obtainable via national filing or ARIPO. Power of Attorney No set deadline. Artwork Drawings, photographs or other graphic representations...

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SEYCHELLES: Patent Applications

SEYCHELLES: Patent Applications << Back Trade Marks Patents Designs ✓  Paris Convention ✓  PCT ✘  ARIPO ✘  OAPI For Registration of a Granted UK Patent Power of Attorney Must be notarised, is required upon filing. UK Patent Required A Certified copy of the...

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RWANDA: Patent Applications

RWANDA: Patent Applications << Back Trade Marks Patents Designs ✓  Paris Convention ✓  PCT ✓  ARIPO ✘  OAPI Patent protection is obtainable via national filing or ARIPO. Power of Attorney No set deadline. Specification, Claims and Drawings The specification,...

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RWANDA: Design Applications

RWANDA: Design Applications << Back Trade Marks Patents Designs ✓  Paris Convention ✓  ARIPO ✘  OAPI Design protection is obtainable via national filing or ARIPO. Power of Attorney Must be filed within 3 months of the filing date. Artwork Drawings, photographs...

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NAMIBIA: Patent Applications

NAMIBIA: Patent Applications << Back Trade Marks Patents Designs ✓  Paris Convention ✓  PCT ✓  ARIPO ✘  OAPI Patent protection is obtainable via national filing or ARIPO. Power of Attorney No set deadline. Specification, Claims and Drawings The specification,...

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MOZAMBIQUE: Design Applications

MOZAMBIQUE: Design Applications << Back Trade Marks Patents Designs ✓  Paris Convention ✓  ARIPO ✘  OAPI Design protection is obtainable via national filing or ARIPO. Power of Attorney Must be notarised, is required upon filing. Artwork Drawings or photographs...

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LIBYA: Design Applications

LIBYA: Design Applications << Back Trade Marks Patents Designs ✓  Paris Convention ✘  ARIPO ✘  OAPI Power of Attorney Legalised up to the Libyan Consulate, must be filed within 2 months of the filing date. A copy of a notarised Power of Attorney is required upon...

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LIBYA: Patent Applications

LYBIA: Patent Applications << Back Trade Marks Patents Designs ✓  Paris Convention ✓  PCT ✘  ARIPO ✘  OAPI Power of Attorney Must be legalised and filed within 2 months of the filing date. Specification, claims, drawings and abstract The specification, claims,...

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MAURITIUS: Patent Applications

MAURITIUS: Patent Applications << Back Trade Marks Patents Designs ✓  Paris Convention ✘  PCT ✘  ARIPO ✘  OAPI Power of Attorney Must be filed within 2 months of the filing date. Specification, claims, drawings and abstract The specification, claims, drawings...

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Provisional Patent Filing

When an invention is patented, it cannot be commercially made, used, distributed or sold without the owner’s consent.  A patent is an exclusive right granted for an invention or idea. In order to obtain patent protection in South Africa, the owner of the invention has...

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MALAWI: Design Applications

MALAWI: Design Applications << Back Trade Marks Patents Designs ✓  Paris Convention ✓  ARIPO ✘  OAPI Design protection is obtainable via national filing or ARIPO. Power of Attorney No set deadline. Artwork Drawings, photographs or other adequate graphic...

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