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  • Meet Rowan Joseph

    Patent Attorney and Litigator

    One of the leading patent litigators in South Africa, Rowan has extensive experience in pharmaceutical patent matters and heads up our life sciences and patent litigation departments.

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  • The Copyright Act

    Drastic changes proposed by the DTI in South Africa

    The Department of Trade and Industry has recently published the Copyright Amendment Bill 2015 which introduces some drastic changes to the Copyright Act. The Bill is open to public comment until 16 September 2015. Read more in our news section.

  • Simonne Moodie

    Foreign Counsel, Trademarks

    An experienced attorney with a broad range of experience in trademarks, copyright, strategic IP advice and related matters for a wide range of clients both locally and internationally.

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  • Cybersecurity Bill

    Draft Bill open for public comment until 30 November

    The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development is reviewing cybersecurity and invites members of the public to comment on the draft Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill. It includes offences relating to personal information and computer fraud.

  • Érik van der Vyver

    Patent Attorney

    An experienced patent attorney, IT and electronics specialist, with an aptitude for patent litigation and advising on international IP issues. Érik is the head of our patent practice.

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Von Seidels is an intellectual property law firm based in Cape Town, with satellite offices in Somerset West and Johannesburg, South Africa. The firm specialises in protecting and enforcing IP rights in Africa.

Von Seidels is Africa's only ISO 9001 certified IP firm.

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Latest News

Tech Report September 2015

This month’s Tech Report features inventions including Samsung’s method for sharing functions between devices, Toshiba optimizes data submissions, a payment instrument by Barclays Bank and a method for joining displays by Nokia.

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South Africa has a depository patent filing system. South African patent applications are not subjected to substantive examination…

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South Africa is a member of the Paris Convention and design applications can be filed up to six months after the earliest priority date…

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South Africa is a member of the Paris Convention and priority may be claimed if the South African trade mark registration is filed within…

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South Africa is a member of the Berne Convention and South African copyright law is in compliance with the copyright laws of most…

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The Counterfeit Goods Act of 1997 was enacted specifically to deal with the scourge of counterfeiting and dealing in counterfeit goods in...

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A complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority can lead to the removal of advertisements that are false, mislead, imitate or are...

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Intellectual property rights can be used by assigning (selling) or licensing them to others. Patents, registered designs, trademarks…

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Intellectual property rights are tools that are applied in business. They can be expensive and acquiring them will require time and …

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Intellectual property rights are enforced through the various courts in South Africa. In the case of patent matters, the court of first instance is…

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In terms of the Plant Breeders' Rights Act 15 of 1976, protection may be obtained in respect of a new distinct, uniform and stable variety of…

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