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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.

  • Meet Gunther Roland

    Patent Attorney and ARIPO Representative

    A South African patent attorney, Namibian attorney, civil engineer and official ARIPO representative, Gunther is also a fluent German speaker. He attended the recent VPP patent conference in Bremen, Germany.

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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 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.

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  • Von Seidels Turns 10

    With Four New Partners and Five New Professionals

    Von Seidels celebrates a decade long journey with all the founding members still here. Four attorneys have been promoted to partner and five new professionals have joined the firm. Read more in our news section.

Welcome

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

Copyright Amendment Bill

A draft Bill was published for comment late in 2015. After various consultations with stakeholders and extensive comments received, the Department of Trade and Industry has now tabled the Copyright Amendment Bill of 2017 in Parliament.

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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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