Andre van der Merwe

Andre van der Merwe is a Trade Mark and Patent Attorney and a Director at Kisch IP. His expertise includes: Preparing, filing and prosecuting patents and registered designs both locally and internationally; Patent prosecution and litigation; Trade mark prosecution and litigation; All aspects of trade mark law from clearance searches and filings to changes of ownership and recordals; Litigation relating to trade mark and branding issues, including infringements, cancellation actions, passing off and unlawful competition
Trade mark auditing and providing clients with brand protection advice
Advising on Copyright law; adjudication of, and dealing with, domain name disputes; Advertising Standards Authority matters and advertising disputes
Technical expertise includes: Process chemistry and metallurgy

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Do the recent UK trade mark amendments apply to South Africa?

Certain amendments to the UK Trade Marks Act 1994 and their Trade Mark Rules 2008 came into effect on 14 January 2019. These changes implement the EU Trade Mark Directive 2015 in the UK. In other words these changes have been made and are now effective, in all EU countries.…

Generic trade marks – Recent developments in the UK and Europe

While we have previously written about the problem of trade marks becoming generic, there has recently been a development in the United Kingdom (originating from the European Union) regarding generic trade marks, that appears to be worthy of further comment and…

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