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IP Update: POPI Act
 
September 29, 2017

Practical Guidelines to Prepare for the POPI Act 22 September 2017 Draft Regulations to the Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act were published in the Government Gazette on Friday, 8 September 2017. The Regulations are short, but provide some information on … Continue reading

Von Seidels Gives to Children on Mandela Day 2017
 
September 5, 2017

Von Seidels contributes to the Children’s Court of Cape Town 19 July 2017 On Mandela Day 2017 and in aid of giving back to the community, Von Seidels invested in small hearts and big smiles as we gave gifts to … Continue reading

Von Seidels Wins Two Global Law Experts Awards
 
July 12, 2017

Von Seidels wins two titles in the 8th Annual GLE Awards 12 July 2017 As we enter the second half of the year, the researchers of Global Law Experts have been busy conducting their extensive research and nomination process for … Continue reading

Sandra Clelland in Top 250 Women in IP 2017
 
June 28, 2017

Sandra Clelland featured in Managing Intellectual Property’s Top Women in IP Von Seidels partner and biotechnology specialist patent attorney, Sandra Clelland has been recognised in Managing Intellectual Property Magazine’s 2017 edition of IP Stars – The Top 250 Women in IP. … Continue reading

Trademarks with Dictionary Meanings Risk Becoming Meaningless in Africa
 
June 21, 2017

A mark has the ability to serve as a unique indicator of source which could have a significant impact on brand owners 21 June 2017 Not all trademarks are invented words. This is usually not a problem – provided that the … Continue reading

Von Seidels Interviewed on Cape Talk
 
June 13, 2017

Radio DJ Kieno Kammies from Cape Talk on Copyright and IP Protection 6 June 2017 Radio talk show host DJ Kieno Kammies interviewed Christine Strutt, head of our trademarks department, on two separate legal issues. During the first half of … Continue reading

(Amended) Copyright Amendment Bill, 2017, Tabled in Parliament
 
May 26, 2017

29 June 2017 Update: The Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry has given a further extension of the deadline for the submission of comments until 7 July 2017 and the public hearings will now be scheduled during August 2017. We welcome any questions or … Continue reading

Four Reasons Why Your Software Startup Needs Patents
 
April 24, 2017

Big Investor (BI): We love what you’ve done. We want to invest. How does US$10-million sound to begin with? Startup Developer (SD): Thanks. That sounds reasonable (*mental backflip*). We look forward to working with you. BI:        Before we go into … Continue reading

Patents and Trade Marks Office Closed for Easter
 
April 12, 2017

Notice from the South African Patent and Trade Marks Office (CIPC) Notice is hereby given (in terms of the Acts mentioned in the schedule below), that the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) will be closed to the public from … Continue reading

Launch of Internet Domain .africa
 
April 10, 2017

From Tuesday, 4 April 2017, trademark owners who have validated their trademarks will be able to register matching domain names with the .africa extension. This sunrise period will run for 60 days until 2 June 2017. In order to register … Continue reading