Int. J. of Intellectual Property Management   »   2008 Vol.2, No.1



Title: Protecting business methods in South Africa and Zimbabwe


Author: Caroline B. Ncube


Address: Department of Commercial Law, University of Cape Town, Pvt Bag X3, Rondebosch, Cape Town 7701, South Africa


Abstract: This paper outlines the trade secret and patent protection of business methods in South Africa and Zimbabwe. It begins with an introduction to business methods and proceeds to outline various possible methods of legal protection. It notes that the law in this respect is not yet well developed but there have been indications in case law that the courts are receptive to comprehensive protection of business methods.


Keywords: business methods; trade secret protection; copyright; trademarks; patents; trade secrets; patent protection; South Africa; Zimbabwe; legal protection; case law.


DOI: 10.1504/IJIPM.2008.017849


Int. J. of Intellectual Property Management, 2008 Vol.2, No.1, pp.1 - 10


Available online: 19 Apr 2008



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