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  • Meet Llewellyn du Toit

    Patent Attorney and Pharmacist

    An experienced patent attorney and qualified pharmacist, Llewellyn specialises in Intellectual Property matters in the pharmaceutical and medical fields, as well as Plant Breeders’ Rights. Llewellyn has been invited to lecture at the WIPO National Patent Drafting Workshop, to be held in Tehran from 9 to 12 September 2018.

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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 the 32nd MARQUES Annual Conference in Paris, France in September.

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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 at the upcoming IPO Annual Meeting in Chicago, USA from 23 to 25 September.

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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 a member of ECTA and attended the 2018 Annual Conference in Greece.

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  • Meet Gunther Roland

    Patent Attorney

    A South African patent attorney, Namibian attorney, civil engineer and official ARIPO representative with a particular interest in electronic and mechanical technology. Gunther is also a fluent German speaker. Gunther plans to attend the upcoming VPP conference in October which is held in Mannheim, Germany.

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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 Africa's only ISO 9001 certified IP firm.

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Latest News

Mark Owners Beware

Two recent decisions that have been handed down by the South African Supreme Court of Appeal provide valuable tips to mark owners.

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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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