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Plain packaging: An issue that’s not quite extinguished

South Africa - June 4 2019 We’ve discussed plain packaging for cigarettes on a number of occasions. We’ve looked at how Australia has been at the forefront of this issue, with...

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The Advertising Regulatory Board: no one-trick pony

South Africa - June 4 2019 We recently reported on a ruling of the new advertising authority in South Africa, the Advertising Regulatory Board ("ARB"). The dealt with the issue...

The male torso: Is it distinctive?

USA, South Africa - May 8 2019 There was a highly unusual trade mark opposition matter in the USA recently. The case of In re Coscentra B.V involved a comparison of two perfume...

Chips - A hot topic in South Africa

USA, South Africa - April 2 2019 We have reported on the demise of the Advertising Standards Authority (“ASA”) in previous articles, but there’s now a new advertising sheriff in town...

Parody and abuse

USA, South Africa - April 2 2019 A long-running legal dispute in the USA involving the brand Louis Vuitton is interesting. Not only does it deal with parody as a defence to trade...