IP LAW CHAMBERS is a niche intellectual property law practice where clients get expert advice in all aspects of trademarks, copyright, designs and patents. Clients can expect to receive highly professional service at competitive rates from senior practitioners in the field. The IP services cover South Africa, the rest of the African content and those overseas countries where IP protection and enforcement is needed. Our services extend to those commercial services associated with intellectual property such as licensing, franchising, commercialisation, due diligences and IP audits.
At the outset, one needs to clearly understand the term “ Intellectual Property Rights” or ”IP rights” as it is commonly referred to…
Property & Commercial
Services Include: + Commercial and Transactional Law + Commercial Drafting + Company Law + Contracts + Internet Law / E-Commerce, Information Technology + Joint Ventures & Acquisitions + Property Law + Leases + Trusts & Wills including living wills
Conveyancing: + Transfers: Freestanding & sectional title property + Mortgage bonds
Notarial: + Anti-nuptial contracts + Notarial Cessions of mineral rights + Notarial cessions of exclusive use areas + Notarial Bonds + Personal & Praedial Servitudes
We advise authorised financial service providers and Intermediaries registered with the Financial Services Board of South Africa (FSB) with regard to complaints lodged with the FSB or with the FAIS Ombud by members of the public…
Mike du Toit is an experienced litigator in all aspects of trade mark infringement, passing off, counterfeit goods matters, copyright disputes, domain name dispute resolution and Advertising Standards Authority dispute resolution.
He has an active commercial High Court litigation practice including the resolution of property disputes through arbitration. He is the advisor to the South African Music Performance Rights Association regarding the recovery of music royalties.
Areas of Expertise
+ Trademark dispute resolution + Copyright dispute resolution + Domain name dispute resolution + Advertising Standards Authority dispute resolution + Ambush marketing + Enforcement of IP rights + Strategic IP advice + IP due diligence services + Commercial IP services + IP disputes arising from the Companies Act, 71 of 2008 + IP disputes arising from the Consumer Protection Act, 68 of 2008 + Trademark filings + Trademark clearance searches + Domain name filings
Mike served on the council of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL) for several years, is a past President of SAIIPL and was chairman of their ADR committee that set up the domain name dispute resolution platform for the resolution of domain name disputes in terms of the ECT Act and regulations. He has extensive experience in the enforcement and protection of clients’ rights, not only in South Africa, but across the African continent and the rest of the world. He is ideally placed to accept conflict of interest referrals from colleagues.
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY & COMMERCIAL
Mike du Toit is an admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa, a qualified Trademark Practitioner and senior adjudicator of domain name disputes in terms of the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act, 2002 ( ECT Act) and regulations. He has more than 25 years’ experience in intellectual property law and is a former head of the trademark litigation department in John & Kernick and Bowman Gilfillan Inc and a founder and former head of the Intellectual Property Department of Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs. Mike served on the council of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL) for several years, is a past President of SAIIPL and was chairman of their ADR committee that set up the domain name dispute resolution platform for the resolution of domain name disputes in terms of the ECT Act and regulations. He has extensive experience in the enforcement and protection of clients’ rights, not only in South Africa, but across the African continent and the rest of the world. He is ideally placed to accept conflict of interest referrals from colleagues.
Mike du Toit
PATENTS & DESIGN
Rina Gunter is a South African patent attorney who specialises in the drafting, filing and prosecuting of local and international patents, designs and trade-marks applications into South Africa and Africa. She is a metallurgical engineer with an advanced chemistry background, and has worked in the mining, mineral processing, water purification, food processing and agricultural chemistry technologies. In 2010 she was elected as one of three finalists in CEO Magazine’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government Awards in South Africa, Legal Sector.
CONVEYANCY / COMMERCIAL
Jannie obtained his B COMM LLB from the University of Stellenbosch in 1988 and his MBA from the University of Stellenbosch Business School in 1996. Jannie Nel In 1991 he was admitted as attorney, notary public and conveyancer to the High Court of South Africa and in 2008 as solicitor to the Supreme Court of England and Wales. Prior to starting his own practice he was employed as Group Legal Advisor at KWV and Legal Advisor at MWeb. He specializes in property related legal work and he conducts the practice of a conveyancer and a notary public. His practice is further of a general nature and he specifically deals with the negotiation of and drafting of commercial agreements, is involved in the field of intellectual property and information technology and intellectual property agreements for clients such as SAGE ERP.
Short-term 2013 Excellence Award winner – ANTON SWANEPOEL, Cutting Edge Business Solutions
In the face of increasing legislation and client demands, Anton Swanepoel has recognised the need to facilitate access to excellent training, compliance solutions, and a number anton-swanepoel of programmes to assist the intermediary. While his business offers such support to the intermediary community, his focus remains to help the industry maintain its client-focus while meeting compliance requirements. Anton is clearly a strong advocate of the intermediary, especially in the face of FAIS Ombud determinations which may place a broker business at risk.