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Meet Christine Strutt

Copyright and Trademark Attorney

A dynamic attorney with a commercial focus on copyright, trademark and internet matters.

Christine Strutt’s background in law, online media, social entrepreneurship and commerce directs her focus areas.


Introduction

Christine is a partner at Von Seidels and heads up the firm’s Trade Mark Practice.

Her field of expertise includes complex trade mark searches and the prosecution and enforcement of trade marks in Africa. Christine also counsels local and multinational companies on the legal aspects surrounding trade marks and branding, domain names, copyright, advertising standards, unfair competition, consumer protection, data privacy, social media, online ventures, internet and mobile commerce. In addition, Christine frequently advises on IP-related transactions and commercial issues including licensing, franchising, end-user agreements and terms of use.

Christine works increasingly with clients in the digital media, mobile, e-commerce and financial services sectors.

Having completed a dual degree in accounting and law, she also holds a master’s degree in intellectual property law and focused her studies on electronic IP, internet matters and the valuation of new media ventures.

She is a past president and director of Brightest Young Minds, a youth driven incubator for social entrepreneurship and was a key part of the team that expanded this initiative abroad. Since joining Von Seidels, Christine has been recognised in the Mail & Guardian’s list of “Top 200 Young South Africans” as one of 20 individuals listed in the Business and Law category and named as one of only 9 Africans in Managing Intellectual Property Magazine’s list of “Top 250 Women in IP”, having been featured annually on its “IP Stars” list since 2014.

She currently serves on the International Trademark Association’s (INTA) Copyright Committee, focussing on copyright policies relating to Artificial Intelligence and 3D-printing.

Her involvement in various initiatives, lecturing and daily interaction with innovators, designers and entrepreneurs ensures she stays well informed of local innovation and international trends.

Contact Christine

Direct: +27 21 526 2800

Education

  • Stellenbosch University, BAcc, LLB (2007)
  • South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law, Qualified Trade Mark Practitioner (2009)
  • University of Cape Town, LLM (2013)

Focus Areas

> Trade Mark prosecution
> Due diligence
> Trade Mark portfolio management
> Trade Mark enforcement
> Copyright
> Internet and digital media
> Unfair competition
> Data privacy
> Advertising standards
> Contractual and Transactional IP issues
> Regulatory IP issues

Affiliations and Accolades

  • Attorney of the High Court, South Africa
  • Fellow, South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL)
  • Member, International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • International Trademark Association (INTA) Copyright Committee for matters concerning Artificial Intelligence and 3D-printing (2018-2019)
  • Associate Member, European Communities Trade Mark Association (ECTA)
  • Top 200 Young South Africans List, Mail & Guardian Newspaper (2015)
  • IP Star, Managing Intellectual Property, Trade Marks (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
  • Top 250 Women in IP Worldwide, Managing Intellectual Property (2018)
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