Iman Rappetti talks to Partner, Darren Olivier, and Associate, Maureen Makoko, about the upcoming Adams & Adams IP Evening Series, as well as the recent controversy over Basotho designs and well known fashion house Louis Vuitton as a case study.

At a recent IP Evening Series event in Soweto, Darren explained that “fashion and crafts are a vibrant industry amongst entrepreneurs in Africa, and we are taking IP to the former townships to help entrepreneurs cost effectively use IP systems to create value for their creativity“.

In the South African context, we are regularly confronted by examples of what is labelled as “cultural appropriation”. What is cultural appropriation and where is the line between cultural appreciation and cultural appropriation? In a guest post on our IP Live blog site, Myriam Christmann introduces us to the concept and provides an explanation of why cultural appropriation sits uncomfortably with many of us. Click HERE to read the post.

Darren Olivier
Partner | Attorney
Maureen Makoko
Associate | Trade mark Attorney