SOUTH AFRICAN FILINGS
RECORDALS OF CHANGE
TRADE MARK PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT
TRADE MARK LITIGATION
COMMERCIALIZATION OF IP
Before registering a Trade Mark, a pre -filing search of the South African Trade Marks register is recommended to ascertain whether the mark is available and that there are no identical
or similar third party marks on the register of Trade Marks which would pose a threat to obtaining registration.
The registration process commences by filing an application for the trade mark in the relevant class. After filing the application, the mark will be examined for formal requirements
and prior conflicting marks. If accepted, the Registrar will issue a notice of acceptance and the trade mark application will be published in the Patent Journal. The application
will be open to opposition for a period of 3 months. If no opposition is entered, the Registrar will issue the registration certificate.
Trade marks are territorial in nature and must be filed in each country where protection is sought. We offer Intellectual Property Services, including trade mark protection, all through
the African continent as well as other international countries via our network of global agents.
Our firm can assist with recordals of various changes on the South African Trade Marks Register.
An assignment refers to the transfer of ownership of IP rights from one entity to another. An assignment must be recorded on the Trade Mark Register, in order for that assignment
to be valid with regards to third parties. We are able to assist with preparing the documentation as well as attending to the recordal of Assignment at the Trade Marks Office.
A Trade Mark can be renewed indefinitely for successive periods of 10 years, upon payment of the prescribed renewal fees. The lifespan of a Trade Mark can therefore be indefinite,
provided that the mark is being used and that it is renewed every 10 years.
The firm has a high rated intellectual property rights’ software management system, LAW FIRM PRACTICE which allows it to effectively manage and administer multiple clients’ portfolios
both locally and internationally. Consequently, the firm has capacity to take on significantly more local as well as foreign agency portfolios.
Our firm can provide assistance with Trade Mark infringement matters, Unlawful competition, Passing-off and Cancellation (expungement of trade mark) proceedings.
“Patent law is the branch of intellectual property law that deals with new inventions. ... Once granted, a patent gives the inventors the exclusive right to sell their invention for a
period of 20 years. At times inventors give other companies a license to manufacture and sell the invention in exchange for payment.”
“Registered designs are there to protect the design of an article. A registered design serves to protect novel, original three-dimensional features of articles intended to be multiplied by an industrial process, such as the shape of the article, or two
dimensional features, such as patterns, lines or color of the article, which, when applied to the article gives the article a unique appearance, without regard for artistic or aesthetic
The Copyright Act does not require registration in order to acquire copyright in respect of a particular work. Instead, copyright subsists automatically once a work has been completed, provided
that certain requirements are met.
• IP portfolio management and advisory • Offshore IP structuring and advisory • Trade mark commercialization • Copyright commercialization • Domain name commercialization • Design and patents commercialization