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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 lecture at the WIPO Patent Course in Harare in September 2017.

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  • Meet Ralph van Niekerk

    Patent Attorney

    An experienced patent attorney with an aptitude for commercial IP issues coupled with broad knowledge and understanding of African and international IP matters. Ralph will attend the upcoming IPO Annual Meeting in San Francisco in September 2017.

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  • Meet Simonne Moodie

    Foreign Counsel, Trademarks

    A trademark specialist 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 upcoming MARQUES Annual Conference in Prague, Czech Republic in September 2017.

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  • Meet Érik van der Vyver

    Patent Attorney

    An experienced patent attorney, IT and electronics specialist, with an aptitude for patent litigation and advising on international IP issues, the head of Von Seidels' patent team. Erik will attend the upcoming AIPPI World Congress in Sydney, Australia in October 2017.

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  • Africa Firm to Watch

    Winner at Managing Intellectual Property Global IP Awards 2017

    Von Seidels entered into a joint venture in 2015 for IP services in Africa - Rouse Africa. Our clients’ Africa IP matters outside of South Africa are handled by our Rouse Africa practice. We are delighted that Rouse Africa recently won Managing Intellectual Property's “Africa Firm to Watch - 2017” award.


Von Seidels is an intellectual property law firm based in Cape Town, with satellite offices in Somerset West and 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

Ranked in Top Women in IP

Patent attorney and biotechnology specialist, Sandra Clelland has been recognised in Managing Intellectual Property Magazine’s 2017 edition of IP Stars - The Top 250 Women in IP. Of the five women endorsed in South Africa, Sandra is the only patent attorney among them.

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

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

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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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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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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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