KISCH IP

As a comprehensive IP specialist, KISCH IP safeguards the IP rights of all entities – from start-ups to multinationals – not only in South Africa and Africa, but across the globe. The firm prides itself on providing a unique service in a competitive industry and offering a highly personalised service, which is accomplished by a base of attorneys and support staff with a level of skill and expertise that is unrivalled on the continent.

The firm has been established since 1874 and KISCH IP has secured patent and trademark rights for some of the most important brands and inventors such as Dr von Siemens, Thomas Alva Edison and Guglielmo Marconi.

KISCH IP’s goal is to entrench its reputation as a respected, client-centric firm, staffed by real people who have genuine integrity and the required mindset to partner with clients. Given this, the firm is the IP partner of choice across Africa, serving as a gateway to the region for multinationals, regional entities and South African companies seeking to enter African markets. KISCH IP’s industry footprint on the African continent and internationally is achieved through its association with an established network of select agents.

Practice areas

The firm’s IP services include patents, trademarks, copyright, anti-counterfeiting, designs, corporate and commercial services, tax, competition, plant breeders’ rights, IP litigation, audits and valuations, franchising, the Internet, e-commerce and domain names. These services are complemented by a full range of company secretarial services.

Patents

Patent professionals at KISCH IP are qualified and/or registered electronic, mechanical, chemical or metallurgical engineers, scientists, chemists and biochemists, which enables the firm to serve a wide range of industries, including pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, engineering, life sciences, information technology, medical technology, chemistry and mining.

KISCH IP files and prosecutes both local and foreign patent applications, including international applications under the provisions of the Paris Convention, as well as the Patent Cooperation Treaty and subsequent foreign national phase applications.

The firm conducts and reports on patentability searches for inventions in all fields using international online databases, the most comprehensive in-house electronic and hard copy databases in South Africa (dating back to the 1950s), the databases at various international patent offices and the South African patent office. These searches also cover relevant technology databases.

Infringement searches are also conducted to determine the countries or territories in which an invention may be freely commercialised or utilised without fear of infringement. In addition, the firm assists clients with scoping searches by determining prevalent innovative technologies in various fields.

KISCH IP conducts and manages all patent infringement, revocation and related litigious matters for clients, and has a rich history of success in patent litigation. The firm also provides services to ensure that other changes affecting patent rights are recorded at the relevant patent offices. In a rights transfer, KISCH IP provides assignment documents, assists with transactions and attends to assignment recordal in any country.

A patent endures for 20 years in most countries subject to payment of renewal fees. Patents, and in some instances patent applications, are subject to payment of annual renewal fees. KISCH IP sends renewal reminders to clients and facilitates payment of renewal fees on their behalf.

The licensing of intellectual property can be riddled with hidden pitfalls if not adequately dealt with from the outset. KISCH IP provides professional advice regarding licence agreements and the terms and conditions under which such relationships should proceed. The firm also specialises in the preparation of agreements for the licensing of IP rights and assists with disputes between parties concerning existing licence agreements.

Contact details

KISCH IP
5 Inanda Greens Business Park
54 Wierda Road West
Wierda Valley
Sandton
Johannesburg 2146
South Africa

Professional contacts

Other offices

  • Cape Town
  • Pretoria

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