Region: South Africa

South Africa raises counterfeit alert; Tesco and Lidl logo clash; IPOPHL celebrates 25 years – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Italy stepping up the fight against food fakes, 50% of consumers holding brands responsible for counterfeiting, and much more.

14 June 2022

South African courts ponder SOUL

Can a company monopolise the word ‘soul’ for foodstuffs and restaurant services? This question has been debated at length in South Africa, thanks to the efforts of Golden Fried Chicken (Pty) Ltd, the owner of the registered trademarks SOUL and SOUL KITCHEN.

19 April 2022

South Africa: shared borders and transshipments make it challenging to halt the flow of fakes

Featured in Anti-counterfeiting and Online Brand Enforcement: Global Guide 2022

To ensure that rights holders take full advantage of the anti-counterfeiting programmes in South Africa, it is essential that they develop relationships with local law enforcement agencies such as the police and Customs.

15 April 2022

Moving the goalposts: the attachment of trademarks to found jurisdiction

The football and legal words recently met for a clash of the titans in an appeal heard by South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal.

17 December 2021

Online marketplaces in South Africa that should be on counterfeit enforcement radars

Featured in Online marketplace counterfeit hotspots

In the latest instalment in our regular series on digital marketplaces that brand owners should monitor as part of their global anti-counterfeiting efforts, we head to South Africa.

01 September 2021

Counterfeit hotspots in South Africa that brand owners must be aware of

In the latest instalment in our regular series on marketplaces around the globe that are reportedly notorious for being counterfeit havens, we head to South Africa.

14 June 2021

Court upholds Nivea Men passing-off claim

South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal has ruled in favour of Beiersdorf, finding that a shower gel product, Connie Men, passed off the long-established brand Nivea Men. The case is unusual in that one judge issued a robust dissenting judgment.

14 June 2021

If it looks like a whisky, then it must be a whisky

This judgment of the Supreme Court of Appeal of South Africa should reassure traders in the alcoholic beverages market of the strong protection afforded to them in instances of flagrant unlawful competition.

27 November 2020

Enforcement in Africa: key qualities of a continent-wide brand protection strategy

WTR traverses the whole of Africa to provide brand owners with a comprehensive guide to brand protection across the region.

08 July 2020

SUGARLESS v SUGARLEAN: Supreme Court of Appeal explores fundamental issues of IP law

In Quad Africa Energy (Pty) Ltd v The Sugarless Company (Pty) Ltd, South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal has considered the fine balance which must be found between the monopoly granted by IP rights and fair trade and competition.

14 May 2020

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