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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 is attending the 67th APAA Annual Council Meeting in Auckland, NZ.

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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 recent FICPI Open Forum held in Venice 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. Connect with Christine who was guest speaker at the local Business of Design conference last month.

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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. Connect with Erik post-AIPPI World Congress that he attended last month.

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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.

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

.ZA Regulations Amended

On 10 November, amendments to the .ZA Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”) Regulations were published in the Government Gazette by the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services.

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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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