Comment: Who owns the vuvuzela?
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
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,...
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