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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 be speaking at the BIPF / FICPI 2019 BRICS IP Forum in May.

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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 will attend the VPP conference in April held in Bamberg, Germany.

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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. Rowan attended the recent FICPI Colloquium and ExCo meetings that were held in Turin, Italy last month.

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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 on the INTA Copyright Committee and will attend the 2019 Annual Meeting in Boston, USA.

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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 in Boston at AIPLA’s Spring Meeting and at INTA’s 141st Annual Meeting.

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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 ISO 9001 certified for service quality.

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BRICS IP Forum: AI & IoT

At this year’s BIPF / FICPI BRICS IP Forum, 9-10 May 2019 in Stockholm, Sweden there will be a special session on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT), hosted by Bastiaan Koster.

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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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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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