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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

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