The Collaboration between Franchising and Social Media

Over the past decade or so, social media has transformed from an entertaining pastime and means for social networking into a modern-day marketing tool, for both franchisors and franchisees alike.

How small businesses can protect themselves against retail giants

“New year, new me” …well, the second month of 2019 is here which means that our New year’s resolutions are next year’s problem and we are pretty much back to basics.

Patenting a design?

Intellectual property rights are divided into a number of different categories, each of which is regulated by its own act, or by the common law. Patents and designs make up two of these categories.

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.

Generic trade marks – recent developments in the UK and Europe

While we have previously written about the problem of trade marks becoming generic, there has recently been a development in the United Kingdom (originating from the European Union) regarding generic trade marks, that appears to be worthy of further comment and discussion.

Baby Shark in dangerous European waters

In 2015, the creators of the YouTube channel, PinkFong, published the Baby Shark music video on its channel.

Do the recent UK trade mark amendments apply to South Africa?

Certain amendments to the UK Trade Marks Act 1994 and their Trade Mark Rules 2008 came into effect on 14 January 2019. These changes implement the EU Trade Mark Directive 2015 in the UK.

Crowd-sourcing and intellectual property considerations

Developments in technology and social media platforms have changed the way that businesses engage with their consumer markets.

Can patents help regulate future experimentation with designer babies?

Jiankui He, an associate professor of bioengineering who is currently on leave from Southern University of Science and Technology, in Shenzhen, China, has claimed to be the first to successfully bring to life two genetically-edited twin girls, Lulu and Nana.

Can your email disclaimer get you out of an unintended contract?

It is a reasonably well-known fact that most types of agreement may be entered into using electronic means; for example, by way of email, or even instant messaging applications, such as WhatsApp.