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67 Logos Designathon on Mandela Day
 
July 17, 2019

Von Seidels gives 67 South African start-ups a 67% discount on trademarks Von Seidels is happy to once again be a sponsor of this year’s 67 Logos Designathon hosted by CWDi for Mandela Day. “Taking place on Mandela Day, 18 … Continue reading

Trademark Update: Rwanda
 
June 7, 2019

Renewal of trade marks soon due in Rwanda 07 June 2019 The Rwanda Law 31/2009 on the Protection of Intellectual Property was enacted in 2009 and came into force on 14 December 2009. This legislation has contributed to the consolidation … Continue reading

IP Update: Kenya
 
May 28, 2019

Amendments to various Intellectual Property Laws in Kenya 28 May 2019 The Statute Law (Miscellaneous Amendments) Act, 2018 entered into force in Kenya on 18 January 2019 and seeks to make various amendments to (among others) the following pieces of legislation: … Continue reading

IP Update: ARIPO
 
May 21, 2019

Request for examination of ARIPO patent applications 21 May 2019 An amendment to the Harare Protocol effective 1 January 2017 requires that a request for substantive search and examination must be made within the prescribed period for any patent applications … Continue reading

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
 
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. We are waiting for clarity on the exact date of the fee increase but it is currently expected … 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