When Being Identical Is Not Necessarily Confusingly Similar [1]

When Being Identical Is Not Necessarily Confusingly Similar [1]

In February and May 2018, in two unrelated matters, the SCA was called upon to judge two trade mark matters which, remarkably, had the following issues in common: both involved an opposition to a pending trade mark application the opponent’s mark and the opposed mark had an identical prefix – only the suffix differed both …

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Say “Fees!” PETA Ordered To Pay Costs

Say “Fees!” PETA Ordered To Pay Costs

In our recent newsletter, we told the tale of Naruto, the selfie-snapping crested macaque. In a nutshell: the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (“PETA”) argued before the US courts that monkeys are capable of owning copyright in their own capacity and, for that reason, Naruto should be regarded as the owner of copyright …

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Protecting Your .app

Protecting Your .app

Does your business run a dedicated app?  If so, there is a new domain that will be extremely important for you:  registrations for .app are now available. This provides an excellent platform to market, make available and maintain your app.  It is a natural progression of the .mobi domains that have been available for some …

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NARUTO & HIS FRIENDS GET A SLICE OF THE BANANA

NARUTO & HIS FRIENDS GET A SLICE OF THE BANANA

Previously, we reported the woeful tale of copyright infringement in which photographer (Mr Slater) was sued by PETA  on behalf of a macaque named Naruto, a serial selfie-snapping simian. PETA argued that, although Mr Slater set-up the camera equipment to photograph Naruto and his friends, Naruto essentially took the photographs by activating the camera button …

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Conducting Business In China – A (Cost-Effective) Practical Suggestion

Conducting Business In China – A (Cost-Effective) Practical Suggestion

Increasingly more South African firms are venturing into the Chinese market. It’s very encouraging to see how many of these firms are also acquiring Chinese trade marks to protect their intellectual property. We’re often asked for practical suggestions on how a foreign firm can bolster its position within the Chinese market, embracing the unique Chinese …

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The .AFRICA domain: shooting out the lights

The .AFRICA domain: shooting out the lights

The new domain .africa, has had one of the most successful starts of any of the new geographic top level domains (TLDs). In fact, .africa finds itself amongst the top 10 launches. We consider the .africa domain to be an indispensable extension for all businesses that conduct work on the continent. Did You Know: you do …

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Mandela Day Charity Work

Mandela Day Charity Work

As part of our commitment to Mandela Day, the Margo team participated in a collection of clothing and apparel for the Strathyre Girls’ Home. The idea behind this project is not simply to collect clothing – there is a far deeper significance: we are intentionally focussing our efforts on supporting young women, and specifically on …

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