Woolworths blamed for copying Lara Mare’s RUSH “health bar concept”

Woolworths is now being blamed for “copying” Lara Mare’s RUSH “health bar concept”. Apparently, the “natural, preservative-free, raw snack health bar concept” was disclosed to Woolworths in 2015 and … here we go again. But, what rights can one hold over a “concept”? If: (a) Woolworths signed a confidentiality undertaking; (b) RUSH disclosed secret information … Read more

January 18th, 2019

Pay Canadian Patent Annuity / Renewal online

Pay your granted Canadian patent annuity online using the Ideanav patent renewal system. Using the IdeaNav patent renewal system: should significantly reduce your worldwide patent renewal costs; ensures that you receive renewal reminders by email well before the deadlines; gives you access to all historical renewal receipts; enables you to pay patent renewals worldwide by … Read more

January 15th, 2019

Ubuntu Baba / Woolworths – who actually copied whom?

Everyone’s savaging Woolworths for copying Ubuntu Baba. Poor Woolworths! And, I’m not being facetious. I really mean: poor Woolworths. They only “copied” a “copy”. Is Ubuntu Baba new? No. Is it itself a “copy” of someone else’s infant carrier? Most likely. Is this bad? Not if making the copy is permitted – everyone copies someone; … Read more

January 11th, 2019

How SARS should deal with intellectual property transfer pricing

On 27 December 2018, Judge Dennis Davis (the head of the now defunct Tax Committee) again prioritised intellectual property transfer pricing – apparently, transfer pricing contraventions are costing the fiscus R7 billion per year. But how does SARS / Treasury fix this? It’s time to peak out of the box – beyond: employ more tax … Read more

December 27th, 2018

How to protect your clothing line – advice from JLT Clothing Designer

Jess is a clothing designer and owner of the clothing line JLT. Sure, many of her clothes have been copied over the past 20 years, but she takes simple, affordable steps to protect her clothing designs. Here are her top 5 tips: Tip #1 – Protect your clothing Brand Definitely trademark register your clothing Brand … Read more

December 15th, 2018

Top 10 Patent Websites

#1 Top patent website – Licensing, Tax & Exchange Controls The S&Z website provides useful information regarding: intellectual property commercialisation (incl. patent and trademark licensing / sale); relevant South African tax provisions; relevant South African exchange control provisions; how to negotiate a patent licence; intellectual property royalty rates; and how to value patents and trademarks. … Read more

November 19th, 2018

VBS Mutual Bank ABANDONS its trademarks

VBS MUTUAL BANK knew on 11 August 2018 that they were toast! On that day VBS let its most important asset – the original VBS trademark registration – LAPSE due to non-payment of the 2018 renewal fee. The trademark renewal would only have cost R960 through the IdeaNav Online Trademark Renewal System. Clearly there are … Read more

October 14th, 2018

How to patent a software app

It is difficult to get one’s head around which software apps are patentable. Each country applies its own test. And, the tests themselves are rather arcane. Europe requires a “technical effect that goes beyond the normal technical interaction between the hardware and software”. South Korea largely mirrors the European test. And, China, South Africa and … Read more

September 15th, 2018

“Patent” – what does it mean and what is it?

“Patent” is: A 20 year right to prevent others from making, importing or selling your product. Granted for inventions that are “new” and “not obvious”. A process that starts with a Provisional patent / Patent Pending Number ($99). Often referred to as a provisional patent, PPA, complete patent, PCT / international patent or national phase … Read more

August 25th, 2018

How to register a design

Steps to apply for a design registration: Register with Iptica’s online South African design filing system. Complete the applicant name and address fields. Select your classes (i.e. goods the design must cover). Take and upload photos of your product using your phone. Sign forms electronically. Pay US$225. See more: How to apply for a SA … Read more

August 18th, 2018

How to register a patent

Steps to apply for a patent: Register with Iptica’s online South African patent filing system. Fill in the applicant and inventor details. Enter the title of your invention. Upload a document fully describing your invention. Sign forms electronically. Pay US$99. See more: How to – DIY patent The Iptica system completes the forms and automatically … Read more

August 11th, 2018

How to register a trademark

Steps to apply for a trademark: Register with Iptica’s online South African trademark filing system. Fill in the applicant details. Enter your WORD mark or upload your LOGO. Select your classes (i.e. goods / services the trademark must cover). Sign forms electronically. Pay US$99. See more: How to apply for a SA trademark The Iptica … Read more

August 4th, 2018

KFC adword: “CHICKEN LICKEN MENU – KFC” Seriously?

How cheeky is this? KFC uses a Google Adword: “CHICKEN LICKEN MENU” And, then pays top dollar to ensure that this Adword appears at the top of the Google search page when you are searching for a “Chicken Licken Menu”. Instead of satisfying your craving for delicious Chicken Licken Hot Wings, you could easily end … Read more

June 19th, 2018

Patent Pending

To mark a product “Patent Pending“, you must file a patent application, i.e.: a provisional patent application (filed in any one of the 177 Paris Convention countries); a complete patent application; a PCT / international patent application filed with WIPO (Geneva); a national phase patent application; or a convention complete patent application. Each of the … Read more

June 2nd, 2018

What countries does a Patent Pending Number cover?

What is a Patent Pending Number? After coming up with an invention, the first step is to conduct a search to check whether it is “new” worldwide. Next, you should get a Patent Pending Number by filing a provisional patent application. When filing a provisional patent application, you are only required to submit a document … Read more

May 19th, 2018

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