South Africa

South Africa moves to substantive examination for pharma patents, amid fears system could grind to halt

New IP policy looks to get tough on evergreening in pharma industry but also brings country closer to international best practices.

South Africa moves to substantive examination for pharma patents, amid fears system could grind to halt

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7 Jul 2018

All the big legal, market and deals news from the life sciences sector in June

In June’s round-up of life sciences-related news, we report on the US Supreme Court’s decision to grant certiorari in the Helsinn Healthcare v Teva Pharmaceuticals Section 102 dispute, but not in the Cleveland Clinic’s Section 101 case against True… Read more

10 Oct 2007

Criticism grows over World Cup prohibited marks

Controversy has surrounded the publication of a list of FIFA trademarks and words, which the minister of trade and industry proposes be declared as prohibited marks in preparation for the 2010 World Cup. Critics argue that none of these marks is unique to FIFA and the list could potentially lead to absurdities, such as making any 2010 calendar illegal.

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11 Jul 2007

Supreme Court swings trademark law back to European roots

The Supreme Court has ruled that an advertisement for car polish featuring a BMW car did not infringe BMW’s marks. The decision not only brings South African trademark law further into line with EU legal practice, but has also been welcomed for ensuring that IP rights cannot be used to restrict competition in the market.

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