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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 attended the China IP Annual Conference earlier this month.

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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 throughout Africa and manages large trademark portfolios in this region. Claire is attending the AIPPI World Congress in London during September.

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  • Meet Erik 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. Erik is attending the AIPPI World Congress in London during September.

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  • Meet Simonne Moodie

    Foreign Counsel, Trademarks

    An experienced attorney 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 is attending the MARQUES Annual Conference, Dublin, in September.

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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 will attend the AIPF and IPO Annual Meetings in the US in September.

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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 ISO 9001 certified for service quality.

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Latest News

Supporting Mandela Day

Von Seidels is making a difference by giving 67 South African start-ups a 67% discount on trademarks at the 67 Logos Designathon hosted by CWDi for Mandela Day on 18 July 2019.

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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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