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Apples and pears, beers and confusion

IP | 18 Sep 2019
BY Gaelyn Scott
Are the two trade marks confusingly similar? It’s the question that’s most commonly asked in trade mark law. The issue of confusion can arise in the context of registration: should the trade mark be …
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Cloud outsource directive and guidance note issued by the South African Reserve Bank

technology, media and telecommunications | 18 Sep 2019
BY Isaivan Naidoo
Cloud computing and offshoring of data is no longer a taboo among banks. It is becoming a necessity and is the current definitive trend.
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Cybercrime legislation on South Africa’s horizon: Is your organisation ready?

technology, media and telecommunications | 18 Sep 2019
BY Mpho Manyala-Chitapi
The implementation of cybercrime legislation is a pressing issue given that South Africa has one of the highest numbers of cybercrime victims in the world.
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Eavesdropping: the privacy myth

technology, media and telecommunications | 18 Sep 2019
BY Wilmari Strachan
The pervasiveness of the Internet of Things has spawned a recent fear that the devices are listening to the conversations of their users
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Non-employers may approach the Labour Court for interdictory relief against unregistered trade unions

employment | 18 Sep 2019
BY Brian Patterson, Audrey Johnson, Shivani Moodley
The South African Labour Court recently grappled with the issue of its jurisdiction to grant interdictory relief against a trade union where the entity seeking the relief is not the employer of the t…
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Peek-a-boo, I see you: privacy concerns around digital rights management and monitoring tools

technology, media and telecommunications | 18 Sep 2019
BY Mpho Manyala-Chitapi
The use of digital rights management may give rise to a number of legal issues when not used correctly.
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Precautionary suspension: do employees have the right to make representations?

employment | 18 Sep 2019
BY Sade Maitland
Must an employer give the employee a chance to make representations on why he or she should not to be suspended, prior to a decision being taken in this regard
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The double Big Mac attack

IP | 18 Sep 2019
BY Delene Bertasso
The Big Mac case shines a spotlight on some important aspects of trade mark law.
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The importance of having a social media manager

technology, media and telecommunications | 18 Sep 2019
BY Ridwaan Boda, Rakhee Dullabh
Every business can benefit from having an experienced person handling their social media needs. Neglecting this responsibility can lead to the brand being damaged or misrepresented.
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Undue delay in prosecuting review applications: a cautionary tale

employment | 18 Sep 2019
BY Lee Masuku
Delaying the prosecution of a review application can carry the risk of a court refusing to hear the application
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Valentine’s Day: not a great deal of romance

IP | 18 Sep 2019
BY Gerard du Toit
Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but from a trade mark point of view, it’s been anything but romantic. As the following stories indicate, the world of trade marks has done little to set hearts aflu…
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DRC and Cameroon introduce new tax regimes

Business Law and Tax Review | 18 Sep 2019
BY Celia Becker
Both the Democratic Republic of Congo and Cameroon introduced a number of significant amendments towards the end of 2018.
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Hasty IT deals can get firms burnt badly

Business Law and Tax Review | 18 Sep 2019
BY Ridwaan Boda
Sound IT governance cannot be ignored in the quest to digitise.
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New light on Anton Pillar

Business Law and Tax Review | 18 Sep 2019
BY Gaelyn Scott
Ruling in appeal may make incorrect orders less likely
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South African patents, registered designs and patent and design applications: substantial fee increase imminent

IP | 18 Sep 2019
BY Joanne van Harmelen
As of 1 April 2019, the official fees payable on South African patents, registered designs, and patent and design applications will be significantly increased for corporate entities.
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