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Spoor & Fisher

Intellectual Property

6 ranked lawyersBand 1South AfricaGlobal 2021 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Distinguished practice with renowned proficiency across a heterogeneous variety of IP-related commercial concerns. Well regarded for its ability to service its prestigious client base in South Africa and throughout the continent, with clients derived from industry sectors such as healthcare, consumer goods and financial services. Demonstrates proficiency acting for clients in areas including trade mark and patent prosecution and enforcement, acting for both plaintiffs and defendants, with comprehensive accompanying registration and renewal capabilities. Additionally noted for its expertise in anti-counterfeiting.

Strengths

A client reported that the firm provides "excellent service," adding: "They know our portfolio extremely well and have it all memorised. The service is always on time and they are always giving extra help."

Other interviewees praise the group as "fantastic," while another asserted that it provides "good assistance and turnaround times," concluding: "If we need quick support they are there."

Work highlights

Acted for Takealot Online on High Court proceedings against a former seller relating to claims of counterfeiting.

Notable practitioners

Carl Van Rooyen is a longstanding fixture in the market, with a well-established reputation for his contentious IP representation. His practice focuses on both trade mark and copyright disputes, as well as unlawful competition.

Commentators laud Charles Webster as "one of the best IP attorneys in the country," as well as an "expert and specialist litigator."  He is an accomplished trade mark and copyright litigation counsel with further experience of issues relating to competition law.

Eben Van Wyk services a roster of notable clients in the sports, consumer goods and retail industries. He is instructed for his counsel on trade mark opposition and infringement disputes, as well as trade mark filings and domain name registration.

Herman Blignaut is a skilled advocate who is regularly engaged on trade mark and copyright litigation and opposition. Clients commend him for being "very good with trade mark opposition and searches," while other market commentators note his work on major mandates in the market.

Hugh Moubray is one of the field's most notable and most well-respected practitioners. He has amassed a wealth of IP litigation experience in his career, and remains one of the most sought-out choices of counsel for opposition and infringement cases. He heads the firm's patent litigation practice.

Jonathan Whittaker is the Pretoria-based chair of the firm. He has a particularly well-established reputation for his patent work, with his extensive litigation experience being complemented by his advisory practice. He acts for clients in a range of areas including the mining and manufacturing sectors.

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Overview

Overview

A boutique firm specialising in intellectual property (IP) law, Spoor & Fisher is an internationally-rated practice that has been firmly rooted on the African continent since 1920.  Its main offices are in South Africa (Pretoria, Johannesburg and Cape Town) and the Channel Islands (Jersey). We also have subsidiary offices in Gambia, Ghana, ARIPO (via Malawi), OAPI (via Cameroon), Zambia and also direct filing presence in Sierra Leone and Zanzibar. Spoor & Fisher South Africa focuses on the Southern African region while also securing and enforcing IP rights in the USA, Europe and Asia via close relationships with international IP practitioners. The remainder of Africa, the Middle East and the Caribbean fall under Spoor & Fisher Jersey, with an extensive network of local practitioners providing services throughout these regions.

Specialisations

Spoor & Fisher handles the filing, registration, prosecution and enforcement of trade marks, patents, designs and copyright. Clients also choose us to draft agreements for their commercial IP transactions and to negotiate the best terms. Our intricate knowledge of over 80 different IP laws and practices across our core geographical regions - Africa and the Caribbean - enables us to create and implement robust IP protection strategies for our clients.

Intellectual Property Department

Spoor & Fisher

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Department location

11 Byls Bridge Boulevard

Building No. 14,

Highveld Ext 73,

Centurion,

Centurion

Gauteng

South Africa

0157

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South Africa

Intellectual Property


Carl van Rooyen
Band 3
Charles Webster
Band 1
Eben van Wyk
Band 3
Herman Blignaut
Band 3

Intellectual Property: Patents


Hugh Moubray
Band 1
Jonathan Whittaker
Band 2