Monday, 10 July 2017

Afro Leo

Circulating with SAIIPL, dotAfrica, ASA and Silverware

Several years ago the irrepressible Dr Madelein Kleyn revived the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law’s newsletter – “IP Briefs”. Afro-IP is pleased to announce that it will assist SAIIPL and Dr Kleyn disseminate the news through the blog in a bid to make the information more accessible.

We start with this month’s newsletter published just recently. In this issue Prof Karjiker provides his perspective on Herbal Zone v Infitech, a triumvirate of talent from CIPC (Sher-Muhammad Kahn, Christiaan Steyn and Warren Rossouw) unpack shape marks in a comprehensive exposé,  Chezanne Haigh from Kisch IP takes a bite at the Kit Kat four finger decision, Darren Olivier provides tips for franchising, Alessia del Bianco provides an in-house perspective on creative IP management, Darren Margo is relaxed over the latest exchange control amendments, and the editor contributes with a nifty piece on SME’s and IP. You can read them all here.
On Friday Afro-Buff stuck his horn in it by recording that the world’s largest lithium battery may have been destined for Jamestown, SA when in fact it is actually Jamestown, SA. Huh? .. well the difference between them is roughly an ocean, one SA being in South Africa and the other in Southern Australia.
“The post has since been corrected and I hope, unlike the Bell Pottinger apology, largely accepted” said the red faced buffalo on Friday.
News on the ASA seems to be getting even better. Those companies supporting them that were listed on the blog on Friday reflected the list of supporters on the ASA website. That page (on their website) lists those supporters that have actually paid. Afro Leo now understands that there are a whole heap more that have pledged but not yet paid! That’s got to be good news. Remember if you want to lend them your support, just send them a note here. C’mon IP firms, a fully functioning ASA is good for you too.

For those interested in the dotAfrica domain name space developments, Tuesday, 04 July 2017 was the start of .africa’s General Availability phase where anyone can register .africa domains through Registrars listed here: You can find more information on that development here.


Finally, Afro-IP is pleased to announce that unlike Liverpool (afraid so, Jeremy Speres), they have some silverware in 2017. News just in is that this little community interested in spreading news and views on African intellectual property is ranked in the Top 100  IP blogs in the World. Considering that there are more blogs than impala in mating season these days, that is no mean feat.
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