Intellectual Property Protection

/Intellectual Property Protection

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:

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 |2017-12-07T07:01:37+02:00August 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 often have to help clients understand intellectual property, come up with an intellectual property strategy, [...]

The Critical Success Factors for conducting an IP Audit

Conducting thorough Intellectual Property audits or IP audits 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 [...]

The Reasons for conducting an Intellectual Property Audit

An intellectual property audit enables organisations to 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 [...]

Do you need permission to license IP outside South Africa?

Many of our clients ask us whether they need permission to licence their intellectual property outside of South Africa. This is always a big concern if you are planning on going international. You can read more about what makes up intellectual [...]

By |2019-07-23T11:35:35+02:00October 2nd, 2012|Categories: Intellectual Property Protection|Tags: , |

The rights to a database | Who owns the copyright in data?

Databases and the data in them have become very valuable assets. People often ask, what is the law relating to data ownership? What is a database? How do you define a database in an agreement? How does the law [...]

Trademark Applications – What You Need to Know

Trademark applications give a trade mark powerful protection against infringement. By default, trademarks are protected by the common law, but it's often difficult and expensive to protect your brand this way. Trademarks can be registered under the Trade Marks Act, No. 194 [...]

By |2017-12-07T07:01:41+02:00February 5th, 2012|Categories: Intellectual Property Protection|Tags: |

When someone copies your website

There is nothing worse than finding a web site that is a blatant copy of your own. "Imitation is the greatest form of flattery" or so the saying goes. But it really can be no laughing matter when it impacts [...]

By |2019-08-22T14:23:08+02:00February 23rd, 2010|Categories: Intellectual Property Protection|Tags: , , |

Online Brand Protection – What You Can Do

Your online brand is quite possibly your most valuable asset, and worthy of protection. You will spend a great deal of time and money to find your brand name, and you want to use it to grow your business. You do not want [...]

By |2017-12-07T07:01:52+02:00May 15th, 2009|Categories: Intellectual Property Protection|Tags: , , |