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Trade marks and morality – Covidiot and ZRO FUX

01 Jul 2024
BY Jade Courtney

In this article, we discuss two recent ’morality’ trade mark decisions that reflect cultural sensitivities and legal boundaries, the EUIPO's rejection of COVIDIOT and Australia's embrace of ZRO FUX.

Kings and Queens and confusingly similar trade marks

01 Jul 2024
BY Tevin Jones

The use of a trade mark can be stopped on the basis of a confusingly similar prior registered trade mark, and in the case of Japan's ROGER KING vs. Federer as well as the EU's CHIQUITA QUEEN debate, who reigns supreme in the world of trade marks?

The Big Mac attack

01 Jul 2024
BY Gaelyn Scott

The recent EU judgment in the Supermacs vs. McDonald’s case highlights that non-use of a registered trade mark for five years can lead to cancellation, emphasising the need for companies to maintain thorough usage records

Green bonds rise and ESG funds suffer amid scrutiny on sustainable investment products

01 Jul 2024
BY Jordan Maze

Legal experts say investors are favouring green bonds over ESG funds and sustainability-linked bonds, due to concerns over credibility and greenwashing risk.

Africa Business In Brief

issue 552 | 30 Jun 2024

issue 552

Court sets aside the State’s tender for a panel of referral advocates

28 Jun 2024
BY Aslam Moosajee , Shenaaz Munga AND Olonathando Nxumalo

ENS successfully represented the General Council of the Bar South Africa and Advocates for Transformation in challenging a state tender for legal practitioners, resulting in the High Court setting aside the tender.

“The Constitution is supreme” - Trade Unions must stay in their registered scope lane

27 Jun 2024
BY Curtis Nhliziyo

The recent Constitutional Court ruling in AFGRI Animal Feeds v NUMSA held that unions are strictly bound by their constitutions. Therefore, NUMSA could not represent employees in the Labour Court because they worked in the animal feeds sector.

Exploring Sport Simulation Technologies: Legal risks and commercial considerations

25 Jun 2024
BY Isaivan Naidoo AND Alexander Powell

In recent years, sports simulation technologies have revolutionised how both sporting fans and athletes engage with and experience traditional sports, but engaging with these is not without risk.

Digital transformation: evolving business models and evolving risks (manufacturer’s edition)

25 Jun 2024
BY Ridwaan Boda AND Alexander Powell

In this, the second edition of our digital transformation series, we explore some of the key disruptive technologies that are playing a role in digitising the traditional manufacturing business model.

Digital nomad visa regulations promulgated – what this means for the employment law space

25 Jun 2024
BY Brian Patterson , Jessie Gertzen AND Amy Smith

The introduction of the 'digital nomad visa' in South Africa is a positive step, aligning with many countries that allow special visas for non-standard work. However, the Regulations create uncertainty in tax, corporate, and employment law.

Interrogation of sick notes: employer or employee’s responsibility?

25 Jun 2024
BY Amy Smith AND Lulu Mokaba

Employers frequently face suspicious or fraudulent employee sick notes, often resulting in disciplinary action. A recent LAC decision offers clarity on employers' obligations regarding the verification of medical sick notes.

Tax in Brief

25 Jun 2024

Issue 124 of ENS' tax in brief, a snapshot of the latest tax developments in South Africa.

Africa Business In Brief

issue 551 | 23 Jun 2024

issue 551

SA’s Constitutional Court hands down landmark judgment on foreign business establishment exemption

21 Jun 2024

On 21 June 2024, South Africa’s Constitutional Court upheld Coronation Investment Management SA’s appeal, confirming Coronation Global Fund Managers (Ireland) Limited’s eligibility for the "foreign business establishment" exemption.

Building Cyber Resilience: The Strategic Imperative of Zero Trust

20 Jun 2024
BY Priyanka Raath

This article was co-authored by ENS and Cyberlogic and discusses the concept of Zero Trust.

Pop-up webinar | Degrees of Truth: fraudulent qualifications

08 Feb 2024
BY Peter le Roux , Suad Jacobs , Lauren Salt , Prencess Mohlahlo AND Gabi Mailula
South Africa's job market is riddled with misrepresented qualifications, putting your business at risk. Join our expert panel as they dissect this critical issue.

Webinar | Failure To Prevent Corrupt Activities Offence

29 Jan 2024
BY Adrian Roux AND Wim Steyn
Newly enacted law redefines corporate responsibility in SA's fight against corruption. Watch Adrian Roux & Wim Steyn for expert insights on compliance strategies & mitigating legal risks.

ENSign | AI in Financial Services - A Data Privacy Perspective

28 Jan 2024
BY Ridwaan Boda AND Era Gunning
This Data Privacy Day, Era and Ridwaan unveil the truth about AI in finance. Learn from real stories, gain practical solutions, & embrace the future responsibly.

ENSign | Tax Audit Pitfalls to avoid in Ghana

12 Dec 2023
BY Cletus Danliar Banseh AND David A Asiedu
Tune in as we break down the essential guide to navigating tax audits in Ghana. In this episode, we highlight specific pitfalls to steer clear of, providing actionable insights to protect the financial standing of your business.

Property video series | The conveyancing process

05 Dec 2023
Navigate the complexities of the conveyancing process and pave the way to South African homeownership with this comprehensive guide. This video expertly guides you from purchase to registration, ensuring a seamless and compliant transition.

Investing in Africa | Kenya’s legal amendments spark investment interest

01 Dec 2023
BY Celia Becker , Mahesh Acharya , Faith Chebet , Anthony Gakuru , Dennis Gathara AND George Muthee
Dive into Kenya's business dynamics with our experts as they dissect recent amendments in data privacy, employment, and tax laws, shaping the landscape for foreign investment.

Podcast | Business Law Focus | M&A and private equity trends to watch in 2024

30 Nov 2023
BY Doron Joffe
Discover the pulse of SA's business landscape as we look into M&A, private equity, and deal-making with Doron Joffe and Julius Oosthuizen. Gain insights into trends, challenges, and opportunities, and a sneak peek into 2024's outlook.

ENSign Podcast | Beyond Borders: The relevance of ESG in Africa

28 Nov 2023
BY Celia Becker , James Brand AND Jessica Blumenthal
This podcast is led by our Africa Regulatory and Business Intelligence Executive, Celia Becker, who chats to ENS' ESG specialists about the relevance of ESG in Africa, especially as COP28 lies ahead.

Property Law series | The elements of a sale agreement

07 Nov 2023
BY Raeesa Seedat
Welcome to the first video of our property law series, where we explore key insights for sellers and buyers on sales agreements. Click the video below for a crash course on a sale agreement’s purpose, prerequisites, and essential legal aspects.

Webinar | IP in the era of metaverses, AI and NFTs

31 Oct 2023
Learn how metaverses, generative AI, and NFTs are changing IP in the metaverse era. Join our thought-provoking discussion on how businesses can use IP to succeed in this new tecnológica age.

In conversation with Nigel Shaw on Wakili, Quick One

09 Oct 2023
BY Nigel Shaw
Explore Nigel Shaw's incredible journey and the establishment of ENS Kenya as he shares his story in an interview with Johnson Kariuki on Wakili, Quick One.

Investing in Africa webinar series | insights from Nigeria’s investment facilitation agencies

02 Oct 2023
BY Celia Becker
Explore the challenges faced by Africa's largest economy and gain valuable insights into legislative and regulatory initiatives aimed at boosting foreign direct investment.

webinar | Africa's local mining policies

09 Sep 2023
BY Guillaume P. Blanc , Otsile Matlou , Donald Nyakairu , Paa Kwesi Morrison , Anthony Gakuru AND Dorencia Pillay
Explore Africa's evolving mining policies, their impact on economic development, and opportunities for cross-border operations. Join our expert panel from Ghana, Kenya, Francophone Africa, Namibia, South Africa, and Uganda.

webinar | webinar | data privacy in the workplace: an Africa perspective

07 Sep 2023
BY Brian Patterson , Patricia Jane Mumuni , Ray-wood Rukoro , Rehema Nakirya Ssemyalo , Suemeya Hanif , Harry Bansropun AND Dennis Gathara
Explore the evolving world of workplace data privacy with our employment experts across Africa to understand its ethical, legal, and trust-building dimensions.

In conversation with Miranda Feinstein | celebrating 100 years of South African women in law

01 Sep 2023
Meet Miranda Feinstein, our pioneering female executive since 1979. Join us in celebrating 100 years of South African women in law with Miranda, as she shares her journey and guides aspiring female legal professionals.