Intellectual Property, Designs & Trademarks

Brand protection and development is the core of any business. Our founder has a specific passion for IP, having been awarded a Certificate of Merit for outstanding achievement in Intellectual Property Law by the University of the Witwatersrand.

We focus primarily on global Trademarks and Designs, including:

  • Protection, both locally and abroad via our global agent network;
  • Licensing;
  • Structuring for fiscal incentives and funding for Research & Development;
  • Externalisation or Exporting IP to tax and finance friendly jurisdictions.

We understand the legal and commercial ramifications of structuring IP to mitigate taxation, access fiscal incentives and funding. Unlike non-practicing agents offering searches and registrations at a ‘dime a dozen’, as practising IP attorneys, we are bound by professional ethics and confidentially which guarantees the privacy and safety of your IP.

In addition, we possess the expertise to advise on registrability as well as to expedite registration, mitigating against the pitfalls, delays and expense occasioned by rejections, conditions and oppositions.

Global Registration

Whether you are looking to make your mark or mark your territory, we are the firm to entrust with your brand. We not only have extensive knowledge and experience with global trademark registration, we have built solid relationships with agents abroad, which guarantees a smooth process for our clients.

As a trademark is deemed an intangible asset, it is capable of being registered anywhere on the planet.  It is thus vital to consider where to register as the first country you choose will be considered the fiscal jurisdiction for the purposes of taxation on any profit or royalties derived.

The Madrid Protocol is a global treaty offering reciprocal protection to over 90 member states including the US, EU, China, UK and Australia. Registration with the Madrid Protocol requires registration in a member country.

The EUTM offers protection throughout the EU with registration in an EU member state.

Disadvantages and barriers for South African IP expansion

  • High taxation and little or no fiscal incentives as set out in International Tax
  • SA is not a member of the Madrid Protocol or EUTM;

It is for this reason that we encourage and assist our clients with global registrations. Ireland is the ideal jurisdiction for South African brands with global potential. In addition to all the factors set out in International Tax Ireland offers a ZERO percent tax rate on global royalty revenue derived from Trademarks.

Our services include

  • Advice on Registrability,
  • Registration
  • Assignment and/or Substitution;
  • Dealing with Official Action including provision refusals, disclaimers etc
  • Opposition

Should you require a complimentary confidential discussion regarding your IP, kindly request a consultation below telling us about yourself and/or the organisation as well as what you would like to achieve with your IP.