Trademark lawyers are responsible for delivering legal advice regarding intellectual property, registrations of trademarks and litigation. It is vital for trademark lawyers to have thorough grounding in trademark law and working knowledge of related issues such as common law, copyright, designs, passing off and unfair competition.
The South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL) was established in 1952 and represents some 164 patent, copyright and trademark lawyers in South Africa. The trademark practitioners qualification is offered by the SAIIPL to provide proficiency in trademarks and related fields. A lawyer with this qualification is entitled to fellowship of the Institute.
Qualified trademark lawyers are regulated and listed on the Register of the SAIIPL which is widely regarded as the custodian of South Africa’s intellectual property rights. The SAIIPL comprises practicing lawyers, academics, practitioners in businesses and in general, people interested in the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights.
The members of the SAIIPL represent the majority of national and international businesses who have built their businesses on brands, innovation and technology, and who protect their interests through our country’s intellectual property laws.
Members of the SAIIPL also represent the interests of their individual firms and clients at a number of local and international organisations such as WIPO, LES, INTA, AIPPI, PTMY, FICPI, AIPLA, ITMA, MARQUES, etc.
The trademark attorneys at Smit & Van Wyk, Inc. are members of the SAIIPL.