Brett Cotterell

Attorney

at C&A Friedlander

South Africa

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Attorney with twenty years of experience in various aspects of commercial law and litigation, including intellectual property law and renewable energy law. Represented magazine publishers with various media law and related commercial agreements, including advice on all aspects of intellectual property protection in the publishing industry.  Successfully represented web design business in protecting its trade mark against Twenty 20 online bank. Successfully represented an internet based film network Filmcontact.com in protecting its trade mark against a competitor. Drafted intellectual transfer agreements, advertising agreements and wi-fi service agreements for South Africa’s largest wi-fi service provider in its roll out of services to Vide restaurants and cafes.  Drafting various agreements and assisted with copyright issues for Visual Impact Broadcast Solutions (Pty) Ltd, an international media company catering for the film and broadcast industry. Providing advice to City Sightseeing Cape Town (tourist bus service) regarding their trade mark dispute with an international franchisor.  Represented CS-iTEC (Pty) Ltd, the local entity of a German based parent company, in a trade mark and passing off dispute with an international competitor.  Drafting of software development agreements for Top Companies (Pty) Ltd and the Chris Hanie District Municipality. Represented Netsport Media (Pty) Ltd, multimedia production company and publisher of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition in drawing advertising agreements and advice on trade mark protection. Currently represent Block & Chisel Interiors, one of South Africa’s largest retail and manufacturer of bespoke furniture with trade mark, copyright and aesthetic design applications. Represented photographers with copyright and image protection advice and disputes. Represented various private clients with cyber security threats and phishing actions. Assisted the City of Cape Town with the drafting of agreements for the setting up of housing co-operatives, a new form of housing ownership for low income households. Advise to Gems Menasa (Cayman) Ltd a non-South African-owned company, which operates, manages and/or owns 41 schools in 6 countries, relating to the legal requirements of opening and operating independent schools in South Africa, including joint venture agreements with South African entities. Currently representing Rentokil Initial (Pty) Ltd, the local entity of one of the largest business services companies in the world, with mergers and acquisitions of local entities, drafting of service level agreements, tender applications, recovery advice and advisory compliance work.  Currently representing an international group of companies (SwissEnergy Solutions International GmBH) who specialize in developing, realizing and managing renewable energy projects in establishing business operations in Southern Africa. Negotiated and drafted Barter Agreement for group relating to the exchange of a renewable energy project for hotel rooms nights at the Victoria Falls Hotel, Zimbabwe.

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