How many wives may you have?

The Recognition of Customary Marriages Act, 120 of 1998 (“RCMA”) came into operation on 15 November 2000 with the following intentions, among others: To make provision for the recognition of customary marriages; To specify the requirements for a valid customary marriage; To regulate the registration of customary marriages; To regulate the proprietary consequences of customary […]

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Pros And Cons To Treating Information As A Trade Secret

A trade secret may be the “X-factor” that distinguishes one business from another. It may provide a business with a competitive edge and advantage, and create a niche market which competitors may find challenging to enter. A trade secret may be any form of information which is valuable to a business and which is not […]

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Me in a Minute – Nicole van der Merwe

Where were you born? Johannesburg Who did you last text? My best friend, Arianna. What do you like to do when you’re not at work? Spend time with my fiancé, friends and family, watch movies. If you were really tired, hungry and dirty – would you choose to eat, sleep or shower first? I would […]

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Me in a Minute – Ashton Pollard

Where were you born? Johannesburg Who did you last text? My best friend, Cheneal What do you like to do when you’re not at work? Socialise with the people I care about. Play netball. Watch movies. Eat, drink and be merry If you were really tired hungry and dirty – would you choose to eat, […]

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Quality not Quantity

Trite but true. But this statement is not often associated with intellectual property. The Copyright Act states that copyright shall be infringed by a person who is not the owner of or is not licensed, if that person reproduces the work in any manner or form. There must of course be a causal connection between […]

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(Plain)’tiff don’t kill my vibe

Suits It was only last year that judgement was given against Robin Thicke and Pharrell to the tune of about $7.4 million for copying Marvin Gaye’s 1977 hit Got to Give It.[1] Now, it is reported that rapper Kendrick Lamar has been taken to court for copying Bill Withers’ 1975 hit Don’t You Want to […]

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A Prince by any other name…

When Prince Rogers Nelson passed away on 26 April 2016 at age 57, fans mourned, musicians paid tribute and radios around the globe played the classic hit “Purple Rain” on high rotation. Prince was without a doubt one of the biggest music and fashion icons the world has ever seen, known for his eclectic work, […]

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Me in a Minute – Roy Taberer

Where were you born? Harare (Salisbury), Zimbabwe. Who did you last text? My sister Narine. What do you like to do when you’re not at work? Read, garden, exercise  If you were really tired, hungry and dirty – would you choose to eat, sleep or shower first? Eat. I can sleep dirty, I can even […]

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Pay back the money

If you are a landlord and you have a deposit paid to you by the tenant, there is no damage to the property and the lease has expired, then you had better pay back the money promptly. That is because the soon to commence Rental Housing Amendment Act (“RHAA”), amending the Rental Housing Act (“RHA”), […]

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Me in a Minute – Kim Rademeyer

Where were you born? Johannesburg Who did you last text? My sister What do you like to do when you’re not at work? Hang out with my family ☺ If you were really tired, hungry and dirty – would you choose to eat, sleep or shower first? Shower for sure! What are your nicknames? Kimi […]

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Keeping Up With The Kylies

Doing the locomotion to Kylie in 1986 is so far removed from applying the nail varnish Wear Something SPAR-Kylie in 2016. Which Kylie does the locomotion and which Kylie offers nail varnish? Is it Kylie Minogue or Kylie Jenner? That is the problem that the US Patent and Trade Marks Office (USPTO) now faces because […]

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