Trade Mark Search: Everything You Need to Know

A trade mark is a category of intellectual property that distinguishes a product, service, or brand from a competitor. It consists of a sign and conventionally includes a word, name, slogan, signature or combination of letters and/or numerals. Unconventionally it can also include sounds, smells, colours, and shapes. A trade mark must be registered in […]

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Are Trade Marks Protected by Intellectual Property?

Yes, trade marks are protected by intellectual property rights. Intellectual property’ (IP) is a generic term used to refer collectively to intangible products such as patents, industrial designs, trade marks and brand names, copyright, trade secrets and know-how, etc., all of which are products created through the innovative or creative efforts of people. It is […]

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Duties of a Conveyancer in South Africa

Signing an offer to purchase is the first step in buying or selling a property. However, for the sale to be completed, a conveyancing attorney is required to facilitate the registration of the transfer of the property from the current owner’s name into the name of the purchaser. In this article, we will look at […]

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Transfer and Conveyancing Fees in South Africa

If you are in the process of purchasing a home, then you are probably wondering what all the additional fees are. The fact is that there are a number of fees you must budget for when purchasing a home. Some of the fees you can expect to pay include Deeds Office fees, transfer duty and […]

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Mergers and Acquisitions Lawyers: Why They Are Important for Success

Mergers are complicated and to be properly implemented they require mergers and acquisitions lawyers that have a lot of experience and knowledge of the legalities surrounding mergers. Whether it is to draft and implement agreements between the merging companies, or to assist in the compliance of the merger, a mergers and acquisitions lawyer is essential. […]

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The Laws and Acquisitions in South Africa: Types of Acquisitions

In the world of corporate finance, an acquisition is considered to be a transaction in which an individual or entity (company) purchases some or all of the shares of a business. In South Africa, mergers and acquisitions are in part regulated by the Companies Act No 71 of 2008 (Companies Act). Acquisitions are a popular […]

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Answering the Question: What Are the Different Types of Trade Marks?

The registration of trade marks under the Trade Marks Act, 1993 (Act 194 of 1993),  can be vital to the success and protection of your brand. In South Africa, a trade mark is registered with theCompanies and Intellectual Property Commission (“CIPC”), beingthe national authority that is responsible for the national trade mark register for South […]

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Conveyancing Attorneys: What They Do and Why You Need One

Buying a new home or property is an exciting prospect; however, the process may seem complicated and many do not fully understand the costs involved. In this article, we will discuss how conveyancing fees work, but more importantly, whether you need a conveyancing attorney and what a conveyancing attorney does. What Do Conveyancing Attorneys Do? […]

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Trade Marks: Overview of procedure and fees

It goes without saying that it is extremely important to protect your brand and the trade marks signifying it. Registration of your trade marks will serve to deter potential infringement and will offer an easy remedy in instances of actual infringement. Registering your trade marks correctly and securing adequate protection can, however, be a daunting […]

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Types of Intellectual Property: Trade Marks

A trade mark is a sign capable of distinguishing the goods / services of one entity from that of another.  In other words, it is allows for a product or service to be identified as belonging to an individual or business and functions to distinguish the particular goods / services from those of others in […]

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