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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

9 June 2017 Update: The Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry has given an extension of the deadline for the submission of comments until 30 June 2017 and the public hearings will now be scheduled during August 2017. We welcome any questions … 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

Von Seidels Partners Recognised as Leaders by World IP Review
 
March 16, 2017

2017 Industry Leaders announced by World Intellectual Property Review 15 March 2017 World Intellectual Property Review has just launched their second edition of the WIPR Leaders handbook. We are pleased to announce that four of our partners are listed as leading … Continue reading

South Africa Prepares for a Thorough Examination
 
March 8, 2017

8 March 2017 It is no longer a secret that the South African Patent Office is in the process of implementing substantive search and examination (SSE). The new IP Consultative Framework which was approved by Cabinet on 6 July 2016, … Continue reading

Von Seidels Celebrates 10 Years with New Partners and Professionals
 
March 1, 2017

1 March 2017 Von Seidels is 10 years’ old today. All of our founding members are still here, a decade on. Our attorney promotions bring our number of partners up to 11 and we now have 75 people at the … Continue reading

Intellectual Property and Business Rescue
 
February 10, 2017

What questions relating to IP are to be asked when a company goes into business rescue? 10 January 2017 IP can fulfil different leves of importance to a company depending on whether the company is operating in an IP intensive … Continue reading