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Von Seidels at BIPF / FICPI 2019 BRICS IP Forum
May 7, 2019

Bastiaan Koster speaking at the BIPF / FICPI 2019 BRICS IP Forum in Sweden 07 May 2019 At this year’s BIPF (BRICS IP Forum) on 9 & 10 May 2019 in Stockholm, Sweden there will be a special session on Artificial … Continue reading

South African Official Fees for Patents and Designs to Increase on 1 July 2019
April 4, 2019

The South African Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) has announced a proposed increase in the official fees for patents and designs to be effective as from 1 July 2019.  The official notice is still to be published. A new … Continue reading

Nigeria Launches Compendium of Rulings
April 2, 2019

Nigerian Trademarks Registry releases first-ever Compendium of Rulings 02 April 2019 In a letter sent to local trade mark attorneys and owners on 15 March 2019, the Nigerian Trademarks Registry has announced the release of the Compendium of Rulings of the … Continue reading

Update on New IP Act in Namibia
March 8, 2019

By way of background, Namibia promulgated a new Industrial Property Act (IP Act) as long ago as 2012, but it only came into force on 1 August 2018 after the enabling regulations were published on 1 June 2018. There was very little … Continue reading

Von Seidels on SAfm on Ubuntu Baba and Woolworths
January 10, 2019

Interesting listen: Moneyweb Radio – Who stole my idea? How to protect your intellectual property 10 January 2019 SABC news reporter Nompu Siziba talked to our managing partner, patent and trademark attorney, Bastiaan Koster, about the intellectual property issues in … Continue reading

Trademark Update: Burundi
January 4, 2019

Burundi Trade Mark Renewal 04 January 2018 Before the enactment of Burundi Law No. 1/13 2009 relating to Industrial Property (“the Burundi IP Law”) in 2009, a trade mark registration remained in force in Burundi indefinitely without requiring renewal of … Continue reading

Trademark Update: Malawi
December 28, 2018

Changes in Malawi Trade Mark Legislation 28 December 2018 The new Malawi Trademarks Act came into force on 1 October 2018, according to Government Notice No. 81 dated 21 September 2018. As such, it is now possible to register service … Continue reading

Patents and Trade Marks Office Closed Over Christmas
December 20, 2018

Notice from the South African Patent and Trade Marks Office (CIPC) 20 December 2018 Notice is hereby given (in terms of  and for the Acts mentioned in the schedule below), that the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) will be … Continue reading

South African Parliament approves Bills on Copyright and Performers’ Protection
December 6, 2018

The National Assembly approved redrafted versions of the Copyright Amendment Bill and Performers’ Protection Amendment Bill during a plenary sitting on 5 December 2018. Both Bills have attracted divergent views from various interest groups with some applauding new protection measures … Continue reading

Von Seidels at ARIPO Council Meeting in Namibia
November 25, 2018

25 November 2018 Von Seidels attorney and trademark practitioner, Adré Pretorius attended the 42nd session of the ARIPO Administrative Council held on 19-23 November 2018 in Windhoek, Namibia. The meeting was attended by Registries, Ministers and Ambassadors from ARIPO member states, countries that … Continue reading