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Stegmanns Inc has acquired the law firm De Kock Attorneys with effect from 1 March 2016. Stegmanns Inc is a BEE Level 4, medium sized firm and has a growing Commercial Department which requires in-house Intellectual Property Law Services. Although a small firm, over the past 11 years, De Kock Attorneys has grown into a substantial IP practice which will benefit from additional capacity and a bigger firm infrastructure.
Stegmanns Inc and De Kock Attorneys have a longstanding and good working relationship. De Kock Attorneys and Stegmanns Inc both share the same work ethics and characteristics of high service levels, great client care and a passion for start-up businesses and SMEs. Merging our teams will benefit clients as they will now have access to holistic legal assistance in all areas of legal services, including property law, labour law, commercial law, banking law, family law, administration of estates, legal recoveries and now also intellectual property law. In short, together with De Kock Attorneys' IP Practice, Stegmanns Inc will be a “one-stop shop” for any legal services.
Our new expanded team of professionals includes the following:

Trade Marks and Copyright:

  • Emmie de Kock, the founder of De Kock Attorneys which was established in February 2005.
  • Jana Doussy is an admitted attorney of the High Court who specialises in trade mark litigation, companies, and related commercial work and contract drafting.
  • JJ Thiart is an admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa and a qualied trade mark practitioner.
  • Renate Armstrong is a trade mark paralegal with extensive experience in trade mark formalities and prosecution.

Commercial and Litigation:

  • Jaco Grobler is an admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa with over 15 years of work experience in commercial and litigation related matters.
  • Louis Koster is an admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa.

Patents and Designs:

  • Anthony van Zantwijk is a qualified and registered patent attorney.

Intellectual Property Law & Commercial Law Specialists

De Kock Attorneys Inc is a South African law firm which specialises in Intellectual Property Law, Information Technology Law, Entertainment Law and related Commercial Law aspects. Our practice areas are divided into the following departments:

1. Trade Marks & Copyright
2. Commercial
(Franchising, Companies, Agreements & Litigation)
3. Patents & Designs

We serve clients all over the world and are in a privileged position to assist with Intellectual Property protection in all territories. We are committed to providing quality service and expert advice to our clients. As law firms are often rated on the quality of their advice, the time they take to respond and their charges, we aim to be competitive on all these levels.

What is Intellectual Property?

Intellectual property are intangible objects which arise as a result of mental labour, human activity and creativity. It therefore relates to creations or expressions of the human mind. In trade, it can also be referred to as the incorporeal assets of business. The most prominent forms of Intellectual Property include patents, designs, trade marks and copyright.

Some intellectual property aspects of a business may become very valuable. In this regard, in some sectors, in particularly the Information Technology sector, the value of the intellectual property of the business exceeds the value of other assets of the business, for example, its physical properties. Many businesses, unfortunately, are not aware of their intellectual property or do not properly manage, protect or exploit their intellectual property rights.

It is important to protect intellectual property, as it may constitute corporate assets which can be commercially exploited. Furthermore, the failure to properly protect intellectual property when it arises, may decrease the monetary value of a business or product; and may weaken the owner’s position in the event of a dispute with a third party; and/or may demand costly formal legal actions later to obtain protection.

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