InternationalUSRemember you can easily switch between MIP US and MIP International at any time

Comment: Who owns the vuvuzela?

Managing Intellectual Property

The unique sound of the vuvuzela will be one of the abiding memories of the 2010 World Cup. But, ask Richard Plaistowe and Toby Smith, who owns the IP rights to it?

The sound of the vuvuzela horn has been a defining feature of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, causing demand for the instrument to shoot up around the world. Therefore, whether or not vuvuzela is a trade mark owned by its South African manufacturers is an issue with significant financial implications, both for South Africa and manufacturers and retailers seeking to cash in on the instrument's popularity.

The disputed ownership of the vuvuzela in South Africa

Carl van Rooyen of Spoor & Fisher has discussed the disputed ownership of the "vuvuzela" trade mark in South Africa is his article "Doubts raised over vuvuzela trade mark". Masincedane Sport, a South African company that has manufactured plastic vuvuzelas since 2001, has applied to register Vuvuzela as a South African trade mark, but this application has been opposed.

It is not clear who the opponent is, but a candidate might be the Nazareth Baptist Church,...

Please log in to read the rest of this article.

New to Managing Intellectual Property? Take advantage of free access to up to 5 articles on Managing IP and become a member today. It’s free to join and the benefits start straight away.

Already registered?

Please make sure you log in to read the rest of the article.

Log in

Join us now

Gain FREE access to up to five free articles when you register now.

Join here

Latest Country Updates


Most read articles