Patents and copyright are but two categories of Intellectual Property (IP). Other categories include trademarks, registered designs, know-how and trade-secrets. IP can be defined as creations of the mind that are capable of being protected by law from use by another person, whether in terms of South African law or foreign intellectual property law. These creations can be protected through the registration thereof or through contract or both.
We assist our local and international clients to file patent, trademark and registered design applications throughout Africa. We have a dedicated team at Bredenkamp Attorneys that manage all IP filings in Africa for our international clients, including the application, prosecution, and renewals of their patents, trademarks, and designs on the continent.
We advise and act in patent, trademark, domain name disputes, copyright, registered design, unlawful competition and related disputes. We also advise and act in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) matters. We have extensive experience in arbitration and mediation proceedings, as an alternate dispute resolution forum to High Court proceedings.