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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 recently spoke at the 2018 BRICS IP Forum in Chengdu, China.

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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 is attending the 4th Regimbeau IP Academy currently being held in Paris, France.

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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 will attend the upcoming INTA Annual Meeting held in Seattle this year.

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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. Look out for Erik as guest speaker during the S.A. Biomedical Engineering Conference in Cape Town from 4-6 April.

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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 upcoming SARIMA conference in May.

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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

BRICS IP Meetings in China

Bastiaan Koster recently spoke at the BRICS IP Forum, attended the 10th BRICS Heads of Intellectual Property Offices’ Meeting and visited law firms in Chengdu, China. Read more for his trip report.

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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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