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LATEST SOUTH AFRICAN CASE LAW & JUDGEMENTS

Manuel v Sahara Computers (Pty) Ltd and another [2020] HIPR 109 (GP)

13 July 2021|Categories: Case Law & Judgements, South Africa|Tags: , , , |

Based on an article published in the media, the applicant believed that his personal information had been unlawfully obtained and disclosed, and that he had been subjected to unlawful surveillance. The article claimed that Manuel and his wife (Ramos) had been subject to unlawful surveillance, and that their personal details, including particulars of their travel arrangements, had been collected and disclosed to the respondents.

Louw and others v Stassen Uitgewers BK h/a Protea Boekhuis and others [2020] HIPR 112 (WCC)

13 July 2021|Categories: Case Law & Judgements, South Africa|Tags: , , |

At the centre of the present dispute was a book containing an exchange of letters between two brothers (“Van wyk Louw” and “WEG Louw”) who had a significant impact on the philosophical intellectual and literary heritage of Afrikaners.

Hudaco Trading (Pty) Ltd v Apex Superior Quality Parts (Pty) Ltd and others [2021] HIPR 167 (GJ)

13 July 2021|Categories: Case Law & Judgements, South Africa|Tags: , |

In 2014, the applicant (“Hudaco”) acquired the Partquip business which conducted business in the aftermarket replacement automotive parts industry and was housed in a separate division within Hudaco. The first respondent (“Apex”) was a new competitor in the market and also supplied aftermarket replacement parts to motor vehicles and industrial bearings.

COVID-19 | CORONAVIRUS
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    The coronavirus pandemic wreaked havoc on the market for mergers and acquisitions in the middle of last year, causing a short­term stoppage in deal activity, leading multiple major transactions to be revised or abandoned, and resulting in some parties taking their disputes to court. Here, Law360 looks at seven of the most significant deals that broke down because of the effects of COVID­19.

  • How 7 IP Firms Weathered the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Intellectual property firms ranging from just a handful of lawyers to several hundred attorneys said the COVID­19 pandemic was a logistical curveball, but their industry has largely been insulated from the worst of the pandemic's financial woes.

  • A Jealous State? The character of Covid government in the UK.

    Anarchist thinkers have long identified the jealousy inherent to the modern state; an exclusive sovereignty claimed against other nation states, secessionists, non­state geopolitical actors, and especially against independent organisation by the people themselves.

  • The big question: Can we make up for lost time?

    New Year's Eve is supposed to be a happy occasion, but saying goodbye to yet another year can also feel a little wistful. Not this time, I reckon. Can you remember a year you were happier to see the back of? 2020 began in the U.S. with the promise of a nasty election campaign and news of a novel virus spreading rapidly in China. It will end with our democracy deeply shaken, more than 300,000 dead, and many more to come before the new vaccines kick in.

  • Covid­19 vaccine: SA’s race to nab the jab hots up

    As a record number of new infections overwhelmed some hospitals this week, SA's long­awaited vaccine programme went into overdrive, with the first jab expected to be administered by the end of January and the government in "advanced" negotiations with vaccine manufacturers across the globe. Health minister Zweli Mkhize told the Sunday Times that despite concerns by some over the perceived slow pace of securing vaccines, SA will complete its vaccination programme "with many other countries that started ahead of us".

  • Can South Africans be forced to get a Covid­19 vaccine before coming into work?

    The Covid­19 vaccine race culminated with the much­anticipated rollout of a vaccine in the United Kingdom and Bahrain in the first week of December. This is against the backdrop of 173 potential vaccines which continue to be developed worldwide and at different stages of their individual processes, says law firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr.

  • Moderna Won’t Enforce COVID­19 Patents During Pandemic

    Moderna Therapeutics said Thursday it won't enforce seven patents related to its coronavirus vaccine during the pandemic, an unprecedented move in an industry known for vigorously protecting its intellectual property and one that could have a ripple effect across other companies. Biotechnology company Moderna says it has a "special obligation" to make its intellectual property available to other companies attempting to make a COVID­19 vaccine. In photo, a Moderna building in Cambridge, Massachusetts. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes)

  • 5 Things that Rocked the Legal Industry In 2020

    From a pandemic­induced transformation of lawyers' working arrangements to a renewed focus on diversity and empowerment informed by a racial justice movement, here are five moments and trends that shook the legal industry in 2020.

  • Trump’s positive Covid­19 test throws country into fresh upheaval

    (CNN)President Donald Trump has had a fever since Friday morning after testing positive for coronavirus, according to a person familiar with the matter, a stunning development that threw a country already unnerved by a devastating health catastrophe and a turbulent political season into fresh upheaval on Friday.

  • Three Mistakes in the Moral Reasoning About the Covid­19 Pandemic

    The response to the Covid­19 pandemic, and the public discourse about the pandemic, can be used to illustrate three common mistakes in moral reasoning. The first of these mistakes involves a failure to realize that trade­offs are unavoidable when it comes to public decision. The second of these is a failure by public officials to weigh different interests against each other in a democratically legitimate way. The third is a mistaken application of the notorious "precautionary principle". I suggest that these three mistakes have a common source, namely, a failure to engage in holistic (all­things­considered) reasoning.

  • The Global Economic Outlook During the COVID­19 Pandemic: A Changed World

    The COVID­19 pandemic has spread with alarming speed, infecting millions and bringing economic activity to a near­ standstill as countries imposed tight restrictions on movement to halt the spread of the virus. As the health and human toll grows, the economic damage is already evident and represents the largest economic shock the world has experienced in decades.

THE LIGHTER SIDE OF IP LAW

The 15 Funniest Patents Ever Issued

12 July 2021|

There are so many absurd business ideas out there, it's no wonder most startups fail. Thankfully, some of the craziest concepts never get past the ideation stage. According to the US Patent and Trademark Office, only 3,000 ideas out of every 1,500,000 are commercially viable. Google Patents makes it easy to search for everything the USPTO grants, and some [...]

5 Of The Most Disgusting Recipes Of All Time, Tested

28 January 2021|

In the past, Cracked has "gently forced" me to make and eat foods from the Insanity Era of cookbooks, which is roughly the period of time between 1955 and 1985 that the Back To The Future movies completely ignore. Having made and eaten everything from liver sausage pineapple to food that turned powder blue to aquariums made of Jell-O, [...]

The Vibrating Tattoo and Other Inventions

28 January 2021|

Vibrating Tattoo Apparently having your phone vibrate in your pocket isn’t enough. Finnish phone manufacturer Nokia took things a step further when they filed a patent for a vibrating tattoo that would alert users when their phone rings. Anti-Eating Face Mask If you want to stop your overweight child from eating too much, [...]

Louisiana Alligator Creole Stew

31 December 2020|

A flavorful, hearty alligator stew that's perfect for cool-weather weekends. Cook/Prep Time: 1 Hour Servings: 12 Ingredients: 4 lb Louisiana Alligator, 1-inch cubes 3 Tbsp Canola oil 4 Tbsp Garlic, minced 2 cups Onions, medium dice 1 1/2 cups Green bell peppers, medium dice 1 cup Celery, medium dice 1 cup White wine 5 cups Chicken stock 48 oz Tomatoes, [...]

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