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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

Hugo Prinsloo in 2018 Expert Guide
September 21, 2018

Hugo Prinsloo featured in Euromoney’s Rising Stars 2018 Expert Guide 21 September 2018 Von Seidels partner, trademark and copyright attorney, Hugo Prinsloo has been recognised in the 2018 edition of the Rising Stars Expert Guide. Hugo is: one of 12 attorneys endorsed … Continue reading

Mark Owners Must Take Greater Care
August 31, 2018

Trade marks slipping through the cracks of loose corporate structures and corporate governance 31 August 2018 We are all aware of the many complex commercial decisions businesses have to make on a day-to-day basis, including budget meetings, marketing meetings, supply … Continue reading

‘Tete goat’ – The Rise of GI’s in Sub-Saharan Africa
August 15, 2018

First registered Mozambican geographical indication (GI) 15 August 2018 The Mozambican goat market has recently obtained registration for the ‘Tete goat’ as a geographical indication (GI) under the Industrial Property System in Mozambique. This is the first registered Mozambican GI and a … Continue reading