Webinar: IP Rights and the African Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) in a Covid-ian World

Join Us for Free a Webinar on Intellectual Property (IP) Rights and the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) In a Covid-ian World. To be hosted on Wednesday, 19 August 2020. Please register your attendance here: https://lnkd.in/dxRhTGe We look forward to seeing you soon! #africanunion #afcfta #covid19legalupdate #intellectualpropertyrights #intellectualpropertylaw #africarising

THE LIKELIHOOD OF AN INFRINGEMENT OF PATENTS DURING THE NATIONAL LOCKDOWN

South Africa has begun a nationwide military-patrolled lockdown, joining other African countries which have imposed strict restrictions and shutdowns in an attempt to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Some 57 million people are restricted to their homes during South Africa’s 21-day total lockdown which began on Friday, 27 March 2020. During this time plenty of medical-related technology […]

HOW CAN WE HELP YOUR BUSINESS SURVIVE COVID-19?

ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE FROM THE SOUTH AFRICAN GOVERNMENT In light of the national lockdown in South Africa due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Department of Small Business Development has introduced various relief mechanisms for Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) who have been negatively impacted by COVID-19 to mitigate the financial impact of the virus on […]

April 2020: Emerging IP trends

There has been a significant increase in innovation, inventions, and access to production in 2020. The world of foreign intellectual property filing is growing smaller and moving faster than it has ever before. This is clear to see when looking at the growth in the number of patent and trademark application filings over the last […]

The ins and outs on the use of electronic signatures during the national lockdown

In the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak as well as the implementation of a 21-day national lockdown in South Africa, it has become almost impossible to acquire multiple original handwritten signatures on the same document. This poses several problems for companies operating during the lockdown. In business, handwritten signatures are essential on just about all […]

What it means to trademark the coronavirus in your brand

The COVID-19 pandemic touched South Africa’s shores in March 2020. As cases continue to increase and transmission is ongoing in South Africa, many South African companies (as well as companies worldwide) have decided to apply to have coronavirus related brands registered. The South African Trade Marks Office has before the lockdown received many applications for […]

COVID-19: NATIONAL LOCKDOWN REGULATIONS AND WHAT THIS MEANS

On Monday 23 March 2002, South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the country will be in a national lockdown from midnight on Thursday 26 March 2020 for a period of 21 days to control the spread of COVID-19 in South Africa. During the lockdown, members of the public are expected to stay home, except […]

We Wrote the Book on South African Patent Law (Literally!)

International Comparative Legal Guide to Patents 2020 (10th Edition) De Beer Attorneys is the proud author of the South African Chapter of the International Comparative Legal Guide to Patents (ICLG). This publication covers common issues in patent laws and regulations – including enforcement, amendment, licensing, term extension and prosecution in 36 jurisdictions. A PDF version of the South African Chapter […]