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Trademark Update: Uganda
June 22, 2021

The Registrar General has issued a public notice on 14 June 2021 concerning the renewal of expired trade mark registrations in Uganda.  In terms of this notice, a trade mark owner of an expired registration has until 14 July 2021 … Continue reading

The Gambia Accedes To The Banjul Protocol 
June 18, 2021

ARIPO has announced that The Gambia deposited its instrument of accession to the Banjul Protocol on 3 May 2021 Just under a year since the accession of Mozambique (which we reported on here), ARIPO has just announced that The Gambia has also acceded to the Banjul … Continue reading

Trademark Update: Kenya
April 29, 2021

Renewal of overdue trademarks in Kenya – an update As reported previously, the Kenya Industrial Property Institute (KIPI) has recently begun an initiative to rid its Trade Marks Register of all unwanted trade mark registrations by publishing Special Industrial Property Journals containing trade marks that have not been timeously renewed by their … Continue reading

Trademark Update: Somalia
April 14, 2021

Registration of trademarks in Somalia Further to our previous Somalia trade mark update in 2020 wherein we discussed the fact that the Somali Trade Marks Office started accepting and examining trade mark applications although there is no publication procedure or … Continue reading

Renowned Anti-Counterfeiting Expert Joins Von Seidels
March 15, 2021

Vanessa Ferguson, one of the leading anti-counterfeiting specialists in Africa has joined Von Seidels as a partner. Vanessa has over 20 years’ experience in cross-border, pan-African IP enforcement and is the co-author of “Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights in Africa” … Continue reading

If It Looks Like a Whisky, Then It Must Be a Whisky
March 3, 2021

Milestone Beverage CC and Others v The Scotch Whisky Association and Others At issue was whether the maker of the Royal Douglas and King Arthur “whisky-flavoured spirit aperitif” unlawfully associated itsproducts with whisky and Scotland The SCA took a “commonsensical approach” to … Continue reading

Von Seidels Partners Featured by World IP Review
February 19, 2021

2021 World Intellectual Property Review (WIPR) Leaders announced. World Intellectual Property Review have launched their latest edition of the WIPR Leaders Guide 2021. We are pleased to announce that four of our partners have been recognised as leading IP practitioners in … Continue reading

Von Seidels in World Trademark Review 2021
February 17, 2021

All Von Seidels trade mark partners recognised as leading professionals World Trademark Review has published their 2021 edition of WTR1000: The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals. Von Seidels has maintained its position as a recommended and ranked law firm in South … Continue reading

When Dotted Lines Become Blurred
February 12, 2021

The pitfalls of electronic signatures in copyright assignments In South African law the assignment of copyright shall only have effect if it is “in writing signed by or on behalf of the assignor”. The use of electronic signatures is becoming … Continue reading

Von Seidels Recognised for IP Law in South Africa
February 10, 2021

2021 industry leaders announced by Corporate Intl Global Awards Corporate Intl Global has conducted its extensive research process for the Corporate Intl Global 2021 Awards. Von Seidels has been awarded in the following category: Intellectual Property Rights Law Firm of … Continue reading