• What is in a name?

    Have you ever thought what Champagne, Rooibos and Harris Tweed have in common? Apart from being well-known names that are associated respectively with wine, tea and clothing; these names refer specifically to products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin.

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  • Mauritius: A trade mark judgment that will please multinationals

    There were two interesting trade mark judgments in Mauritius recently. Although these judgements do not contain any ground-breaking law, they do highlight how keen the Mauritian authorities are to attract foreign investment.

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  • Spoor & Fisher maintains diamond status at PMR.africa Awards

    South African consultancy and research company PMR.africa once again awarded Spoor & Fisher the coveted Diamond Arrow Award for 2020.

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  • New IP Law in Mauritius

    The Mauritian authorities recently published new comprehensive intellectual property legislation, the Industrial Property Act 2019 (the Act). The Act follows a bill published in December 2016 (the Bill). At this stage it is not clear when the Act will come into effect.

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  • South Africa: Legislature calls for more labelling, packaging awareness

    As the food, drug and medicine sectors are highly regulated from a labelling perspective, companies need to be aware of the claims they can make about their products on the packaging.

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