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n Without Prejudice - Revisiting three-dimensional objects : intellectual property
The protection of shapes is inevitably a controversial issue in intellectual property law. In the law relating to unlawful competition, one may find protection for the shape of a braai or, in the famous case of Schultz v Butt 1986 3 SA 667 (A) (the Schultz case), protection for the shape of a boat. One could on the other hand find the denial of protection to the shape of boats in Van der Merwe and Another v Els and Another 2008 BIP 404 (C) and Heyneman v Waterfront Marine CC  2 All SA 382 (C), two (not so famous) cases, or another ruling in Premier Hangers CC v Polyoak (Pty) Ltd 1997 1 All SA 134 (A) (the Premier Hangers case) virtually neutralising the Schultz case.
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