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Monkey Selfie Copyright Case

Case Updates 9 September 2017 - Photographer WINS the monkey 'selfie' lawsuit. David Slater, the photographer whose camera was used to take the photos of the crested macaques in Indonesia has agreed to donate 25% of any revenue and he will keep all of the remaining...

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New Zambian Acts

Zambia: The following Zambian Acts mentioned below have now become operational: Patents Act (No.40 of 2016) (this replaces the previous Patents Act - Chapter 400 of the Laws of Zambia.) The Layout Designs of Integrated Circuits Act (No.6 of 2016) (this is a new Act)...

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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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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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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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