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Protecting Your Intellectual Property

You are in discussions with a potential investor, a potential joint venture partner, licensee or distributor of your intellectual property.  Protecting your intellectual property is critical.  Can you trust them?  Will they walk away with your intellectual property?  How do [...]

By | 2017-01-31T14:04:42+00:00 June 10th, 2016|Categories: Intellectual Property Protection|Tags: , , , |

Why Have an Intellectual Property Strategy?

Do you have a robust intellectual property strategy?  And why does it matter?  Intellectual property is one of the key assets of an organisation.  It is becoming of ever-increasing importance in this digital world where ideas and information can be accessed, [...]

By | 2017-03-30T13:21:37+00:00 June 10th, 2016|Categories: Intellectual Property Protection|Tags: , , |

Top Five Legal Issues Writers Face

When it comes to legal issues writers face, the challenges may differ according to the category each writer falls into. Academic writers, for example, may face completely different legal issues compared to novelists and poets. The one thing that is certain [...]

By | 2017-03-30T13:21:40+00:00 April 22nd, 2016|Categories: Intellectual Property Protection|Tags: , , , |

What is Intellectual Property or IP?

Intellectual property or IP is property created by someone's mind or intellect the mind, including literary and artistic works, inventions, designs, symbols, names and images. We often have to help clients understand intellectual property, come up with an intellectual property strategy, [...]

By | 2017-03-30T13:22:10+00:00 August 7th, 2013|Categories: Intellectual Property Protection|Tags: , , , , , |

Employer v Employee: who owns that copyright?

Your employee develops software for his own use as a way improve his work performance, or for use by the employer. Who owns the copyright in the software? At a first glance, the answer seems obvious: The Copyright Act 98 of [...]

By | 2017-03-30T13:22:45+00:00 February 17th, 2009|Categories: Intellectual Property Protection|Tags: |

Liability for online content mistakes

When would a website provider be liable for mistakes in information which it provides online?  Can it avoid that liability? The general principle is that a website provider must ensure that the content on the website is accurate and will [...]

Can a website provider use third-party content on its website without permission from the third-party content provider?

No. This would amount to a contravention of the Copyright Act 98 of 1978 if the content as the copyrighted work was first published in South Africa or made by a "qualified person" (a South African or company registered and [...]

By | 2017-03-30T13:22:50+00:00 September 27th, 2008|Categories: Intellectual Property Protection|Tags: , , , , |