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Webber Wentzel

Intellectual Property

3 ranked lawyersBand 3South AfricaGlobal 2021 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Praised for its enviable ability to handle significant commercial matters in the IP space. Benefits from its prestigious national standing, with an exceptional portfolio of clients on its books. Acts for significant local and international clients in a number of sectors including financial services, media, consumer goods and technology. Offers experience advising on the IP ramifications of significant commercial transactions, with further strengths in trade mark filing and prosecution. Demonstrates additional proficiency in trade mark infringement, including passing off.

Strengths

Clients describe the team as "efficient and responsive" and find that the "service is fantastic."

Another client noted that the "service standard is exceptionally high," concluding: "We are very pleased with the firm." 

Work highlights

Advised HomeChoice on copyright and passing-off claims brought against Lewis Stores relating to product designs and its business model.

Notable practitioners

Clients describe Bernadette Versfeld as being "hard-working, bright, energetic and very efficient." Other sources add: "She is very smart, very responsive to requests, immediately pays attention to matters and gives great results."Her practice covers trade mark prosecution and enforcement, as well as commercial IP.

Head of practice Leanne Mostert operates a notable practice in the area, providing advice on IP commercialisation and the IP considerations of corporate transactions and restructuring. She has further experience in contentious mandates, including copyright infringement.

Clients commend Tim Ball for being "attentive and very responsive, with a high quality of service." He has a well-established reputation for his patent work, with a focus on disputes and notable activity in infringement proceedings. He acts for clients in a range of industry sectors, including pharmaceuticals and telecoms.

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Overview

Our strategy:

  • to understand our client's IP assets through our management of these assets;​
  • to expertly and strategically assist clients with the monetisation of these assets which is best done by a full service firm; 
  • to offer our clients a 'one point of contact' service where our clients' portfolios are managed by one partner; and
  • our collaborative approach with Linklaters and various local firms in Africa enable us to provide a seamless cross-border service offering. 

Types of work:

  • our experience extends to, among other things, licensing, distribution, technology transfer, investment agreements, research and collaboration, franchising, global joint ventures, transfers of IP through business and asset sales and related exchange control issues;
  • trade mark oppositions, infringement and unlawful competition/passing off actions relating to trade marks, copyright, patents and registered designs, as well as domain name disputes, anti-counterfeiting, company name disputes and advertising standards authority matters; and
  • we manage a substantial number of portfolios (including trademarks, copyright, registered designs, patents and domain names all over the world) for local, multi-national and international blue chip clients who operate across all major sectors.

Contact: Leanne Mostert, Partner ([email protected]) and Bernadette Versfeld, Partner ([email protected]).

Intellectual Property

Webber Wentzel

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Location

90 Rivonia Road, Sandton

PO Box 61771, Marshalltown, 2107

Johannesburg

Gauteng

South Africa

2196

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South Africa

Intellectual Property


Bernadette Versfeld
Band 3
Leanne Mostert
Band 3

Intellectual Property: Patents