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Are South Africa’s IP laws keeping up with technology innovation?

Constituting a world first in a field that has traditionally been hostile to “artificially intelligent” inventors, South Africa’s patent office granted a patent in July 2021 to an invention created by an AI system.

The invention that..

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Why a Clear Intellectual Property Strategy is Critical to Securing Venture Capital Funding

Intellectual property (IP) is not an end in itself. Nobody ever needed IP to make, market or sell a product or service and, in fact, many businesses compete in the market on the basis of price, service and quality without ever registe..

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Kenya: Important Developments Regarding Anti-counterfeiting

Kenya has had anti-counterfeiting legislation for many years. The Anti-Counterfeiting Act No. 13 of 2008 creates severe penalties for counterfeiting, with prison terms of up to 15 years. The legislation also makes provision for a dedi..

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