Intellectual property (IP) law is designed to protect your creative output
whether it is a piece of writing, a work of art, a computer program or your company logo. In South Africa, there are four main types of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs), protected by statute – Copyright, Trade Marks, Patents and Designs.
is an unregistered right (except for films, which can be registered under separate legislation). This means it need not be registered to be legally valid. In South Africa..
on the other hand, require registration at the Patent Office and protect inventions, whether products or processes, which are novel, involve an inventive step and are industrially applicable.
give the registered owner the exclusive rights to use and exploit a sign – like a logo, a slogan, a brand name and, in cases like Coca-Cola, even the shape of a glass bottle..
are applied specifically to articles that have visual appeal, like the colourful and geometric patterns on African or North American Indian blankets, a designer handbag..
IPRs protected by common law include common law trademarks, confidential information, trade secrets, know-how.
Whether you’re a seasoned creator of IP or a newcomer to the IP legal world (entrepreneur or start-up), RM Tucker Attorneys’ IP knowledge, expertise and experience enables us to make your IP-related legal matters run smoothly, easy to understand and obtain your desired objectives and results.
In short, you create and we safeguard.
We are able to assist you with sound and current legal advice, the facilitation of all IP registrations, IP infringement and associated enforcement, IP exploitation, agreements and more.
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