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Intellectual Property

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What the team is known for

Established player in the sector, valued for its longstanding expertise in handling a range of IP concerns for an enviable portfolio of domestic and international companies. Represents notable clients in the technology, telecommunications, financial services and consumer goods industries, among others. Offers significant experience in IP-related transactions, with further strengths in contentious trade mark issues and filings. Notable cross-border capabilities, particularly in Africa, supported by its network of continental offices.

Strengths

One client commented: "They provide the highest quality of service and the performance is exceptional. They are always available to assist us."

Another highlighted the firm's "very good service, and from our perspective we feel like we are a priority client," adding: "They are available to us, respond quickly to emails, are very good on timelines and are also upfront and honest about fee estimations."

Work highlights

Acted on behalf of Investec Bank on various trade mark matters, including the objection to the registration of the company name Grant Investec.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Gaelyn Scott is highly praised by clients, who describe her as "on top of her game and super sharp." Others note: "Her technical knowledge is exceptional, she is very practical and she looks for cost-effective solutions." She provides portfolio management services to a range of domestic and international clients, as well as offering advice on the IP implications of corporate transactions.

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Overview

ENSafrica’s large, dedicated IP practice has extensive experience in providing the full spectrum of specialist IP advice to a wide range of internationally-renowned clients.  

We are essentially a full-service boutique IP firm within a large, full-service corporate law firm, and we work in partnership with our clients to solve their most complex legal challenges in a world where IP is increasingly becoming an integral part of corporate transactions and the most valuable asset owned by any company.

Our key differentiator is that we offer a holistic, integrated IP service that is commercially focused, tailored to your unique requirements, and sensitive to an array of legal and tax complexities.

We have one of the strongest and fastest growing commercial IP offerings in Africa, and our patent attorneys (holding a variety of science degrees) and trade mark practitioners are considered leaders in their fields.

We advise on all aspects of non-contentious and contentious trade mark and copyright matters, including the creation, protection and maintenance of trade marks, copyright and domain names, litigation in the areas of trade marks, copyright, company names, domain names, advertising, passing-off, unlawful competition, and licensing and franchising.

When it comes to patent and registered design advice, our specialist teams can guide you from the conception of your idea to the protection, enforcement and commercialisation of your patents and designs.

Members

Scott, Gaelyn (Head of Department)

du Plessis, Ilse

Forster, Rowan

Steyn, Waldo

Intellectual Property

ENSafrica

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Location

The MARC | Tower 1

129 Rivonia Road

Sandton

P.O Box 783347

Johannesburg

Gauteng

South Africa

2196

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South Africa

Intellectual Property


Gaelyn Scott
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