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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

South Africa’s IP Policy Finalized
August 3, 2018

Phase 1 of South Africa’s IP Policy has been finalized and is available here 2 August 2018 The IP Policy is South Africa’s attempt to formulate a cohesive statement of its IP position and goals and is the result of … Continue reading

#MandelaDay: 67 Logos Designathon
July 17, 2018

Von Seidels gives 67 South African start-ups a 67% discount on trademarks for their logos 17 July 2018 For Mandela Day this year, Colourworks and Designers Ink have selected 67 high impact South African small businesses and start-ups who needs a logo. … Continue reading

Launch of Internet Domain .charity
July 3, 2018

From Tuesday, 10 July 2018, the registration of .charity domain names will commence 3 July 2018 The new .CHARITY domain name is a valuable top-level domain (TLD) for individuals and organisations that are engaged in philanthropy, charitable giving, cause-related fund-raising and … Continue reading

Offensive Trademarks vs Freedom of Expression
June 22, 2018

22 June 2018 In South Africa, Section 10 (12) of the Trade Marks Act states that a mark shall not be registered if it is likely to give offence to a certain class of persons. This clause acts as a … Continue reading

Christine Strutt in Top 250 Women in IP 2018
June 12, 2018

Christine Strutt featured in Managing Intellectual Property’s Top Women in IP Von Seidels partner and trademark specialist, Christine Strutt has been recognised in Managing Intellectual Property Magazine’s 2018 edition of IP Stars – The Top 250 Women in IP. Of the six women endorsed … Continue reading

IP Developments in South Africa
May 18, 2018

IP Landscape of South Africa heading in the right direction 30 April 2018 There have been numerous developments in IP law in South Africa including the following four topics which Gunther Roland provides an update on. Full details in the … Continue reading

IP Update: Amendments to the Banjul Protocol on Marks
April 13, 2018

ARIPO Administrative Council approves amendments to the Banjul Protocol on Marks 22 February 2018 A review of the Banjul Protocol on Marks, the treaty that makes provision for the registration of trade marks with the African Regional Intellectual Property Office … Continue reading

Von Seidels at BRICS IP Conference and BRICS IP Forum in China
April 4, 2018

Von Seidels managing partner, Bastiaan Koster recently spoke at the BIPF (BRICS IP Forum) on 28 March 2018 and also attended the BRICS IP Conference (the 10th BRICS Heads of Intellectual Property Offices’ Meeting) and visited law firms in Chengdu, China. … Continue reading