Trademark Law Blog

LSNP Annual General Meeting 2016

Law Society of the Northern Provinces: Annual General Meeting 18 - 20 November 2016 It is our pleasure to announce that Smit & Van Wyk, Inc. trademark attorneys will be attending the Law Society of the Northern Provinces (LSNP) Annual General Meeting and Golf Day...

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Kylie Minogue vs Kylie Jenner

According to Kylie Jenner there’s only room for one “Kylie” in entertainment. The reality star Jenner has filed a U.S. trademark applications for the term “Kylie” in connection with both advertising and entertainment services. Kylie Minogue has been performing under...

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Register a Trade Mark

Smit & Van Wyk, Inc. is a well established intellectual property law firm in South Africa. We offer assistance regarding trade mark, ARIPO and OAPI applications. For trade mark applications, we require a copy of the mark intended for registration as well as a...

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James Bond’s Gun Trade Mark

Is the gun belonging to James Bond a celebrity in its own right? At first, the United States Trademark Office (USPTO) had doubts because when the makers of the PPK handgun first tried to register the design of "James Bond's Gun," complete with various film posters and...

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Rooibos & Honeybush Tea Protected

Souht African brands Rooibos and Honeybush has secured geographic indicator status in an economic partnership agreement between southern African nations and the European Union. Karoo Lamb has been grappling with similar issues of trademark protection. Dry Rooibos and...

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6 Famous Logos with hidden Meanings

Famous Logos with hidden Meanings. Toyota Logo: The three ellipses seen in the logo, three hearts 1. the heart of the customer 2. the heart of the product and 3. the heart of technology. Mobil Logo: The red is said to represent strength and the blue represents...

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Ethiopia New Trademark Law

Important Notice: Owners of Trade Marks that are already registered in Ethiopia will be required to file new applications no later than 24 June 2014. The Trademark Registration and Protection Proclamation was published in Ethiopia under decree No. 501/2006 in 2006 but...

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Virgin Group

Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson is the founder and chairman of the Virgin Group of more than 400 companies. Richard Branson's first business venture at the age of 16 was a magazine called Student. His net worth as of March 2013 is $4.6 Billion and he is the 6th...

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The Counterfeit Goods Act

Counterfeit goods are imitations and infringements of genuine products. Counterfeit goods are usually imported into South Africa, mostly from the East, but are sometimes manufactured in South Africa. Counterfeit goods are usually sold at flea markets, over the...

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