December 2015


Hashtag™ or #trademark? Intellectual Property December 2015

Can the use of a trade mark as a hashtag constitute trade mark use? This was one of the questions that arose in the recent case of Eksouzian v Albanese in which the California Central District Court held that hashtags are "merely descriptive devices, not trademarks".

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Stormtrooper Intellectual Property December 2015

With the so-called Warsies burning with excitement as the new edition of the Star Wars phenomenon is set to be released at the end of the year, most of these loyal fans are unaware of the behind the scene battles surrounding Star Wars merchandise. These battles do not take place on the desert planet of Tatooine or the swamp lands of Dagobah, but rather on the battlefield of the courtrooms. One such battle took place in the British case of Lucasfilm Limited and others v Ainsworth and another [2011] UKSC 39, which was heard by the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom.

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Facebook and your child Media December 2015

I have noticed an increase in the phenomenon of parents opening a Facebook page for their underage children, and posting cute photos and stories to that page. The idea, I guess, is that it will be like a modern photo album and the child can look back at all the lovely memories from their childhood.

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Unlocking potential Management December 2015

Law firm environments are fraught with challenges, and these challenges face both the most senior partners in the firm, as well as those making their way to partnership.

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A new role and a sinking feeling Management December 2015

I speak to a lot of people who have recently moved into new roles. It is a tough period and after three months there is often a striking contrast between their negative emotional response to their new role, compared with the anticipation and excitement they felt on joining their new company.

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National News - December 2015 National News December 2015

DLA Piper

Aglobal team of 40 partners and staff from DLA Piper has successfully completed a trek through the Simien mountains in Ethiopia for UNICEF, which is expected to raise well in excess of £150 000. The journey in Addis Ababa on 2 October and moved to Gonder, a small city at the foot of the Simien mountains, before embarking on the four-day trek. They walked for up to ten hours a day and covered close to 7 000 metres to reach the summit at Mount Bwahit standing at 4 430m above sea level. The trek forms part of DLA Piper's global partnership with UNICEF with whom the firm has been working since 2013 to strengthen the protection of children around the world.

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JSE Overview - December 2015 Deal Selection December 2015

JSE Listed M&A

Ascendis Health is acquiring 100% of Akacia Healthcare's pharmaceutical business. The purchase price of R345m includes the R100m manufacturing facility.

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"On the Move: A Life" Lifestyle - Books December 2015

In the film "Awakenings", Robin Williams portrays a fictionalised version of the great neurologist and writer, Oliver Sacks, as the bearded, nerdish and eccentric doctor that Sacks no doubt was. And that is the image of him that I have always carried in my head.

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Investing in emergent art Lifestyle - Art Investment December 2015

This article is meant to serve as an introduction for aspirant art investors into the basics of the art market in general, and in Johannesburg in particular. It explores how art grows in value and how you can buy affordable art whilst also sensibly assessing the financial risks and potential rewards of doing so.

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We’re all going on a summer holiday Lifestyle - Motoring December 2015

It's that time of the year again. Time to brave the busy roads and packed beaches for our little piece of family holiday bliss. Whilst we sit at our desks fantasising about the gorgeous beach bodies and sparkling blue ocean….wait! Where was I? Oh yes, before you take that wonderful family holiday, keep the following in mind:

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Ready, steady, BAKE! Lifestyle - Baking December 2015

They say a good baker will rise to the occasion (it is the yeast he can do…). However, the fear of crashing and burning is what keeps amateur bakers from taking their baking outside the safety and comfort of their own homes. The horror of someone else tasting your under-baked carrot muffins can only be surpassed by the nightmare of a stranger's grimace when biting into a cake where you mistakenly added bicarbonate of soda instead of castor sugar.

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Travel Stories Lifestyle - Travel December 2015

In the past year, I have been privileged to travel extensively for work purposes, visiting five countries in total. I would like to share some of the personal observations I made during my trips to the US, Spain, Czech Republic, Italy and Switzerland.

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The diversity of whisky Lifestyle - Whiskey December 2015

As has been the trend for the past couple of years, there have been interesting developments in the whisky industry during 2015. Besides the plethora of new and interesting releases, we have seen a rise in outrageously priced no-age statement whiskies. And the industry as a whole seems to be gathering steam to continue with this trend, despite dropping global whisky sales, due to inter alia economic factors and decreased demand in China. Certain brands or distilleries have certainly not been deterred from placing premium on what many would consider to be ordinary whiskies of unstated age.

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aftertaste: Revolution and Evolution Lifestyle - Wine December 2015

The first annual Swartland Revolution event took place in Riebeek Kasteel in 2010. Its aim was to raise awareness of the area and to show the diversity and common greatness of this wine producing region, and the talent of its young gun winemakers. It soon became one of the most important events in the wine drinking calendar and tickets for this year's event sold out in minutes.

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The Wolfpack Lifestyle - Restaurant Review December 2015

The Wolfpack is an American-style bistro in the vibey neighbourhood of Parkhurst in Johannesburg. The restaurant's website proclaims it as "not your average burger joint" and the impressive menu boasting a wide variety of gourmet burgers proves exactly that.

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