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Offensive trade marks vs free speech

USA, United Kingdom, European Union - March 9 2018 The issue of offensive trade marks rumbles on. In 2017, the landmark US decision in Matal v Tam came after the founder of an Asian-American rock...


A Clearvu on endorsements

South Africa - February 12 2018 Every now and then, a dispute comes along that adds an extraordinary amount to the law. One such dispute is the Clearvu trade mark case. We have...


Trade marks and politics

South Africa - February 7 2018 It’s interesting how often trade marks and politics intersect, especially in South Africa! In the most recent example, the issue was whether a...

Tanith Robertson.


Black cabs and trade marks

South Africa - December 8 2017 The trade mark laws of many countries specifically mention product shapes among the items that can enjoy trade mark protection - shape trade marks...

Delene Bertasso.


Stop using our trade mark please pretty please

USA, South Africa, Canada - December 8 2017 If you have ever received a trade mark letter of demand, the chances are that you thought one or more of the following things: long, scary...