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  • Meet Rowan Joseph

    Patent Litigator

    One of the leading patent litigators in South Africa, Rowan has extensive experience in pharmaceutical patent matters and heads up our life sciences and patent litigation departments. Connect with Rowan at the 11th Global IP Conference (GIPC) held in New Delhi in January.

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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. Connect with Erik at the 11th Global IP Conference (GIPC) held in New Delhi in January.

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  • Meet Claire Brown

    Trademark Attorney

    A trademark attorney and the head of our Africa practice, Claire attends to the filing and prosecution of trademarks in Africa. Claire is an INTA committee member and attended the recent Middle East & Africa conference which was held in Dubai.

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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 will lecture at the 2019 WIPO National Patent Drafting Workshop in Tehran in January.

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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. Ralph attended the 2018 IPO Annual Meeting which was held in Chicago.

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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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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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