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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.

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  • Meet Sandra Clelland

    Patent Attorney

    An experienced patent attorney in a very broad range of Intellectual Property matters, with a focus on biotech and chemical patent prosecution for local and international clients.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Launch of .charity domains

From Tuesday, 10 July 2018, the registration of .charity domain names will commence. This sunrise period will run for 60 days until 8 September 2018.

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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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