Intellectual Property Protection

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Protecting your intellectual property, especially copyright and confidentiality issues. You can read our advice, or about the products or services we offer related to this focus area below:

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 | 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 | June 10th, 2016|Categories: Intellectual Property Protection|Tags: , , |

Please Call Me: Derisking your Makate

What does "Please Call Me" mean for your organisation?  The "Please Call Me" case (Makate v Vodacom) brought the issue of who owns employee-created intellectual property sharply to the fore.  This ‘David v Goliath’ saga, which lead to a legal battle all [...]

By | May 26th, 2016|Categories: Intellectual Property Protection|Tags: |

Makate v Vodacom – the 5 minute speedread

The ‘David v Goliath’ saga of Makate v Vodacom, which proceeded all the way up to the Constitutional Court, highlighted the risks organisations face if they fail to properly address the ownership and commercialisation of potentially lucrative ideas created by their employees. Key take-away’s of Makate [...]

By | May 26th, 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 | April 22nd, 2016|Categories: Intellectual Property Protection|Tags: , , , |

Copyright Amendment Bill

The Copyright Amendment Bill amends the Copyright Act, No 98 of 1978 and the Performers Protection Act, No 11 of 1967. The Bill modernises both Acts, but it also creates many problems, which makes it unlikely that the Bill will [...]

By | August 26th, 2015|Categories: Intellectual Property Protection|

How to conduct an IP Audit

This article describes the best method of approaching (or process of conducting) an IP audit or an intangible asset audit. It involves five steps: Engage, gather documents, conduct background research and agree on audit plan (Step 1) Get buy-in from [...]

By | August 9th, 2013|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 are often asked "what is intellectual property", or to "make sure that we own [...]

By | August 7th, 2013|Categories: Intellectual Property Protection|Tags: , , , , , |

The critical success factors for conducting an IP Audit

Conducting a thorough IP audit of all the intangible assets or intellectual property (IP) that an organisation owns is a time-consuming and often costly business. You want to get it right and make sure that maximum value is received by [...]

The Reasons for conducting an IP Audit

Many organisations do not know what intellectual property or IP assets they own. We actually prefer the term intangible assets to the term IP assets. Intangible assets include both legal intangibles (typical IP) and competitive intangibles (such as knowledge and [...]

By | August 5th, 2013|Categories: Intellectual Property Protection|Tags: , , , , |