Pick your patent poison: to renew upfront or not?
South Africa provides a practical case study of a jurisdiction where only renewals are payable.
MENAP: case law in IP procedures
We examine the interaction of Intellectual Property (IP) procedures with local legislation and case law.
Can memes be Intellectual Property?
Memes are now a pervasive element of popular culture, but where (and how) do they fit into the existing IP landscape?
Publication and opposition issues in MENAP trademark registrations
The publication of a trademark is an essential step in the registration process, but it does not mean registration has occurred or is guaranteed in the near future.
Appointment of new CEO, Tobias Diebold
The Dennemeyer Group enters a new era.
Trademark complications: absolute and relative grounds in MENAP countries
The examination stage of a trademark application, which determines if it will be rejected or progress toward registration, involves specific procedures that must be followed to the letter.
Nice Classifications in fine detail: peculiarities in the MENAP region
Understanding these unique conditions is essential for companies looking to do business in the region.
MENAP: Powers of attorney for trademark filing - necessity or burden?
While PoAs have a certain benefit related to legal certainty, many objections remain against mandating PoAs for trademark filings.
Too much of a good thing: when trademarks die
If a trademark is used as a generic term, it can lose its Intellectual Property (IP) protections. We explore genericization and what can be done about it.
To win a war of words: data collection and evidentiary due diligence
Individual pieces of evidence is often no less decisive than the arguments of law.
When do patents expire?
The answer to the question "When do patents expire?" depends on several factors, including the jurisdiction of their original registration.
Utility patent vs. design patent: What protections do they offer?
Understanding the utility patent vs. design patent distinction — and how these categories vary around the world — is vital to securing the right IP protection.