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  • Meet Simonne Moodie

    Foreign Counsel, Trademarks

    An experienced attorney with a broad range of experience in trademarks, copyright, strategic IP advice and related matters for a wide range of clients both locally and internationally. Simonne will attend INTA's 2019 Annual Meeting in Boston, USA.

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  • Meet Ralph van Niekerk

    Patent Attorney

    An experienced patent attorney with an aptitude for complex patent prosecution and commercial Intellectual Property issues coupled with a broad understanding of international and African IP landscapes. Connect with Ralph in Boston at AIPLA’s Spring Meeting and at INTA’s 141st Annual Meeting.

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  • Meet Christine Strutt

    Copyright and Trademark Attorney

    A dynamic trademark attorney with a commercial focus on intellectual property, Christine’s background in law and marketing sees her focusing on strategic brand management. Christine is on the INTA Copyright Committee and will attend the 2019 Annual Meeting in Boston, USA.

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  • Meet Bastiaan Koster

    Patent Attorney and Trademark Specialist

    An approachable legal leader, accomplished patent attorney and trademark practitioner with broad understanding of the African and international IP landscapes, consummate in a very wide range of Intellectual Property matters. Bastiaan will attend INTA's 2019 Annual Meeting in Boston, USA.

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  • Meet Érik van der Vyver

    Patent Attorney

    An experienced patent attorney and electronic engineer, IT and electronics specialist, with an aptitude for patent litigation and advising on international IP issues, the head of Von Seidels' patent team. Erik recently attended the 2019 Patricia User Conference in Madrid, Spain.

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Welcome

Von Seidels is an intellectual property law firm based in Cape Town, with a satellite office in Johannesburg, South Africa. We specialise in protecting and enforcing IP rights in South Africa and Africa.

Von Seidels is ISO 9001 certified for service quality.

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Latest News

Trademark Update: Nigeria

The Nigerian Trademarks Registry has announced the release of the Compendium of Rulings of the Trademarks Tribunal. This is a significant development and is welcomed by all stakeholders involved.

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Services

PATENTS

South Africa has a depository patent filing system. South African patent applications are not subjected to substantive examination…

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REGISTERED DESIGNS

South Africa is a member of the Paris Convention and design applications can be filed up to six months after the earliest priority date…

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TRADEMARKS + DOMAINS

South Africa is a member of the Paris Convention and priority may be claimed if the South African trade mark registration is filed within…

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COPYRIGHT

South Africa is a member of the Berne Convention and South African copyright law is in compliance with the copyright laws of most…

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ANTI-COUNTERFEITING

The Counterfeit Goods Act of 1997 was enacted specifically to deal with the scourge of counterfeiting and dealing in counterfeit goods in...

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ADVERTISING + CONSUMER

A complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority can lead to the removal of advertisements that are false, mislead, imitate or are...

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LICENSING + CONTRACTS

Intellectual property rights can be used by assigning (selling) or licensing them to others. Patents, registered designs, trademarks…

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COMMERCIAL IP

Intellectual property rights are tools that are applied in business. They can be expensive and acquiring them will require time and …

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IP ENFORCEMENT

Intellectual property rights are enforced through the various courts in South Africa. In the case of patent matters, the court of first instance is…

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PLANT BREEDERS

In terms of the Plant Breeders' Rights Act 15 of 1976, protection may be obtained in respect of a new distinct, uniform and stable variety of…

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