Intellectual Property (IP) Law (including Trade Secrets, etc.)

Our practical experience in the field of Intellectual Property Law (non-patent) gained at a boutique intellectual property law firm, enables us to provide a full range of IP legal services to our clients.
Trade Mark Law

The services encompass the full trademark life cycle from selecting the trademark up to issuance of registration certificates, including renewals to maintain legal existence and conducting litigation to protect the mark from infringement. The services encompass:

• Assisting clients in the selection of trademarks by conducting availability trademark searches;
• Providing advice on the availability of trademarks for registration;
• Filing and prosecution of trade mark applications;
• Undertaking trademark opposition proceedings;
• Litigation to protect trade marks from infringers and defending infringement actions;
• Instituting action to protect trade marks against counterfeiters;
• Attending to the assignment of trademarks;
• Proactive trademark management through conducting periodic trademark audits;
• Conducting trademark valuations;
• Attending to trade mark renewals and restorations;
• Preparing franchising, license and registered user agreements;
• Attending to company name objections; and
• Drafting non-disclosure agreements.

Our competency in this regard is not only restricted to the Republic of South Africa, but extends to other jurisdictions such as the European Union countries and other countries in the continent of Africa.

Copyright Law

In this regard our firm adds value to clients by providing the following services:

• General advice on copyright;
• Filing of applications to register copyright in cinematograph films;
• Drafting a variety of copyright agreements, such as copyright license contracts, copyright deed of assignment agreements, etc.; and
• Use of copyright to prevent parallel importation.

Domain Names

In this regard our firm adds value to clients by providing the following services:

• Domain name searches;
• Domain name registrations;
• Domain name renewals; and
• Domain name dispute resolution.

K&K was involved in the development, maintenance and execution of regulations, policies and procedures across the .ZA namespace in line with the .ZA Domain Name Authority’s legislative mandate.

Our IP competency is also not restricted to the Republic of South Africa. While in Europe (Ireland), Kganare worked with Maureen Daly (Partner and Head of intellectual Property/Information Technology) at Beauchamps Solicitors, www.beauchamps.ie) where he conducted research and delivered a memorandum of advice on the impact of Groundless Threats Provisions for Ireland in respect of Intellectual Property (from a United Kingdom perspective).