Madrid Protocol

Madrid Protocol International Registration of Marks The Madrid system for the international registration of marks established in 1891 functions under the Madrid Agreement and the Madrid Protocol. The Madrid System is a convenient and cost-effective solution for...

Nice Agreement

Nice Agreement International Classification of Goods and Services The Nice Agreement establishes a classification of goods and services for the purposes of registering trademarks and service marks. The Nice Classification consists of a list of 34 classes for goods and...

ARIPO Regional IP Database Launched

ARIPO Regional IP Database Launched The African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) is an inter-governmental organization which provides a regional industrial property system for English-speaking African countries. Last month, on 10 September 2018,...

Harley-Davidson’s biggest-ever TM infringement WIN

Harley-Davidson’s biggest-ever TM infringement WIN Motorcycle manufacturer Harley-Davidson has secured $19.2 million (about R 231 081 600) victory in statutory damages for trade mark infringement from t-shirt designer SunFrog. This will be Harley-Davidson’s...

Tesla vs Adidas Trademark

Tesla vs Adidas Trademark Tesla vs Adidas: 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...

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...

Trademark Laws in Africa

Trademark laws are set out in different trademark acts which generally describe marks in relation to goods/services for the purpose of distinguishing the goods/services from others. Trademarks may be registered with the relevant intellectual property office of each...

Trademark Protection in Africa

Trademark Protection in Africa In order to obtain trademark protection in Africa, it is advised that you register for trademark protection in those specific countries you are going to trade with. By registering your trademark, you show that your mark has priority...