Intellectual property (IP), broadly speaking, refers to a class of intangible assets that result from a person’s intellectual or creative effort. South African law recognizes various forms of statutory IP, namely trade marks, patents, copyright, designs and plant breeders’ rights, as well as certain non-statutory or common law forms of IP, including know-how, proprietary and confidential information, trade secrets and common law trade mark rights. As far as the statutory IP is concerned, South African law provides for registration of all forms of such IP, except copyright, which, with the exception of copyright in cinematographic films, is not capable of being registered in this country.
ENSafrica has a full service IP department, with specialist lawyers in each area of IP law and we are therefore able to provide advice on all aspects of IP law ranging from protection, registration and maintenance of IP, to enforcement, licensing and exploitation of IP rights, throughout the world with specialist expertise across the African continent. Furthermore, our IP Department does not operate within a silo but consults, wherever necessary, with the other departments at ENSafrica to ensure that we understand our client’s commercial needs, and are able to match these with comprehensive and commercially appropriate IP solutions.