Patents: ARIPO or OAPI…what is the difference?

Filing patents in Africa is often perceived as a minefield of different regional and national laws, whilst it is in fact r

The interplay between Company Name Reservations, Trade Mark Registrations and Defensive Company Name Registrations

More often than not, business owners do not attend to a trade mark availability search before they register their company name at the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC).

Burundi and Rwanda – renewals are due

One of the benefits of trade marks, compared to other forms of intellectual property like patents and copyright, is that a trade mark can be protected in perpetuity.  However, in order for this to be possible, the following conditions have to be met:

You have a marketing and PR strategy - what about your IP strategy?

Watch this short and informative video on the importance of spring-cleaning your IP portfolio – vital for all business owners and management.

Domain Name Disputes – Are they worth it?

ADR, UDRP and URS. SAIIPL, ICANN, WIPO, MFSD, ADNRC, and NAF. You’re probably confused, aren’t you?

Is my work original enough?

It is often said that there is nothing new under the sun, and that re-inventing the wheel is often a futile effort.  Intellectual Property (IP) refers to creations of the mind, for example: inventions, p

What to do when your product is copied

South Africa has seen a dramatic rise in entrepreneurial activity with many seeking to launch new products into the marketplace.

KISCH IP Celebrating Africa Day 25 May 2019

Africa Day is the annual commemoration of the foundation of the Organisation of African Unity on 25 May 1963.

No ‘one-size-fits-all’ for branded goods entering African countries

The role of Customs in the enforcement of intellectual property rights and the fight against counterfeit goods in Africa

Why should I trust my patent attorney?

You have an invention that may be patentable. You know by now that secrecy and confidentiality is key to retaining patentability of your invention. To patent an invention, you need to talk to a patent attorney.