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Spoor & Fisher

Heir entitled: death, wills, and intellectual property legacies

Death and taxes are inevitable, but how do intangible assets such as trade marks, copyrights and other forms of intellectual property and their related income streams, transfer to heirs in a deceased person’s estate?

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KTA Advocates

Lifestyle Equities CV and Lifestyle Licensing BV v Amazon UK Services Limited and 4 Others (2022) EWCA CIV 552: Question of expediency versus trademark infringement

In a world that is a global village, where the access to internet has undoubtedly
facilitated trade across continents, the position of e-commerce within the legal
framework of protection of intellectual property rights has increasingly become a
basis for recent c..

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Banwo & Ighodalo

Trademark Infringement: Analyzing The Concept Of “Confusingly Similar Trademarks"

The Nigerian Trade Marks Act[1] (Act) prohibits the registration of a trademark which is confusingly similar to an already existing trademark and which is likely to deceive or cause confusion in the course of trade[2]. While the provision of the law couldn’t be any cleare..

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Trade marks oceans apart

This article discusses the recent South African Supreme Court of Appeal (“SCA”) judgment of Open Horizon Ltd v Carnilinx (Pty)handed down on 26 May 2022.

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Adams & Adams

Important trade mark and passing-off finding: Cairns Foods Limited v Netrade Marketing (Pty) Ltd

This is an appeal decision relating to Cairns Foods Limited and Netrade Marketing, two companies in the business of producing and marketing food products, in particular, fruit jam.

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Trademark Infringement in Nigeria – Analysing the decisions in Fan Milk v. Mandarin Hotels

The question of what constitutes trademark infringement in Nigeria is fundamental in the protection of intellectual property rights. On 10th March 2022, the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja delivered two judgements and established cer..

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Clyde & Co.

Intellectual Property in Tanzania: the 2022 Regulations on Copyright Licensing and Rights to Benefit from Re-Sale

In this legal update, we analyse the Copyright Licensing and Rights to Benefit from Re-Sale Regulations [1]. The Regulations came into force on 18 March 2022 and are made under section 45 of the Copyright and Neighbouring Rights Act[2].

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Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

Commencement of Implementation of the Requirement for Recordation of Intellectual Property Rights with the Anti Counterfeit Authority in Kenya

Through a public notice published by the ACA on 26 April 2022, the ACA notified the general public of the commencement of the implementation of the mandatory requirements with effect from 1 July 2022.

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Advertising Regulatory Board: a major development

On 12 April 2022, The South African Supreme Court of Appeal ruled that the Advertising Regulatory Board is entitled to consider and make decisions on the advertising of non-members, and guide its mem..

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