Posts Tagged "expropriation"

Promotion and Protection of Investment Bill, 2013 – A Review

Posted on Feb 6, 2014

Promotion and Protection of Investment Bill, 2013 – A Review

On 1 November 2013, the South African Department of Trade and Industry published the draft “Promotion and Protection of Investment Bill” (the “Draft Bill”) for comments. The Draft Bill comes shortly after South Africa decided to unilaterally terminate its bilateral investment treaties (“BITs”) with certain European states and specifically Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxemburg, Germany, Spain and Switzerland. The Draft Bill is intended to promote investment by modernising the current investment regime and getting investors, whether foreign or local, to achieve...

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Interview: Prof Dean on Cape Talk

Posted on May 31, 2013

Interview: Prof Dean on Cape Talk

Prof Dean was interviewed by Kieno Kammies for 567 Cape Talk radio today (31 May 2013) on World No Tobacco Day. Prof Dean discussed why Government’s proposed ban on tobacco branding (by means of plain packaging) is unconstitutional and amounts to brand genocide. The interview relates to his inaugural address and subsequent publications. This interview followed on Prof Dean’s previous interview with 702 Talk Radio (listen here).   You can listen to the interview on Cape Talk radio here.   Description (from Cape Talk): Prohibiting trademarks amounts to brand...

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Interview: Prof Dean on The Money Show

Posted on May 31, 2013

Interview: Prof Dean on The Money Show

Prof Dean was interviewed by Bruce Whitfield on 702 Talk Radio for “The Money Show”. The topic of the interview was Five reasons: Why prohibiting the use of trademarks on tobacco products makes no sense.    This interview followed on the topic of Prof Dean’s inaugural address at Stellenbosch University. You can listen to the radio interview...

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Podcast: Prof Dean’s Inaugural Lecture

Posted on May 23, 2013

Podcast: Prof Dean’s Inaugural Lecture

On 21 May 2013 Prof Owen Dean delivered his inaugural address at Stellenbosch University to a select audience of 130 academic peers, University officials and delegates. The topic of Prof Dean’s address was “Deprivation of Trade Marks through State Interference in their Usage”. The full text of Prof Dean’s article is available here. The illustrations used during the lecture is available here.   You can listen to the lecture here. (NOTE to on-campus users: Open Inetkey to listen to the...

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A Different Ball Game

Posted on Feb 28, 2013

A Different Ball Game

Readers will have observed from perusing the articles on this blog that I have commented on a number of occasions on the proclaimed intention of the Government to pass legislation curtailing or prohibiting the use of trade marks on tobacco products, both on their packages and in advertising.  I have expressed the view that by so doing the Government will be depriving the trade mark owners of their valuable items of property which is at odds with Section 25 of the South African Constitution, unless compensation is paid for such depravation or expropriation.  In this regard see the items...

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