Curbing Enthusiasm for Junk Patents in South Africa

According to WIPO’s international patent filing statistics, the number of patent applications filed in South Africa in 2022 jumped by 63.9% compared to 2021. The South African Patent Office records indicate that this growth was mostly attributed to foreign applicants, with most originating from China and to a lesser extent, India. Usually, an increase in […]

Intellectual PropertyPatentsRamon Pereira

Budding Breeders – Cannabis and Intellectual Property Rights

In 2018 the Constitutional Court of South Africa ruled that personal and medical marijuana use in South Africa was deemed to be legal, with the Court directing the South African government to put in place the necessary legal framework to give effect to the Court’s decision within 24 months of the judgement. Unfortunately, the government […]

Intellectual PropertyLouis van der WaltPatentsRamon Pereira

African expertise for patent and design prosecution in Africa

Protecting one’s rights to intellectual property in Africa is often regarded as overwhelming and complicated, due to differing legal requirements and a perceived lack of capacity in certain jurisdictions. A team that has African expertise and experience in patent and design filings and prosecutions in multiple jurisdictions across the continent can make this an easier […]

Charleen RupnarainIntellectual PropertyNthabisheng PhaswanaPatentsRamon PereiraWilhelm Prozesky