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Global 2022
South Africa Intellectual Property
3
Band 3

3 Ranked Lawyers

About

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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.

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

Chambers Review

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Intellectual Property - South Africa
3
Band 3
What the team is known for

Webber Wentzel is praised for its enviable ability to handle significant commercial matters in the IP space. The practice benefits from its prestigious national standing, with an exceptional portfolio of clients on its books. The firm acts for significant local and international clients in a number of sectors including financial services, media, consumer goods and technology. It offers experience advising on the IP ramifications of significant commercial transactions, with further strengths in trade mark filing and prosecution. Its lawyers demonstrate additional proficiency in trade mark infringement, including passing off.

Work Highlights

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  • The firm advised Anglo American on the reorganisation and subsequent sale of certain business assets associated to its thermal coal business unit, including associated intellectual property.

Notable Practitioners

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Tim Ball
N
Tim Ball
2
Band 2

Tim Ball has a well-established reputation for his patent work, with a focus on disputes and notable activity in infringement proceedings. Sitting in Cape Town, he acts for clients in a range of industry sectors, including pharmaceuticals and telecoms.
"He is knowledgeable and confident in his knowledge. He has a certain boldness we like." "Tim Ball is a trade mark specialist who has a very good understanding of complex matters. His experience in African jurisdictions has been critical in making certain business decisions."

Leanne Mostert
N
Leanne Mostert
3
Band 3

Cape Town-based head of department 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.
"Her depth of knowledge in IP and foreign transactions is unmatched. She has a close ear to the ground, so her knowledge is not just theoretical. Her experience is vast, and there is nothing she couldn't deal with." "I rate her highly, she is great to work with."

Bernadette Versfeld
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Bernadette Versfeld
3
Band 3

Bernadette Versfeld is a respected lawyer in South Africa who runs a practice which covers trade mark prosecution and enforcement, as well as commercial IP. She is based in Johannesburg.
"We were very impressed with her attention to detail and the assertive manner in which she approached the offending parties. The outcomes achieved by Bernadette have all been 100% in our favour." "Bernadette is very good about giving quick summaries to our cases, responds to our enquiries in a timely manner and provides reasonable advice with respect to investigations and likelihood of success in pursuing various disputes."

Ranked Lawyers at
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South Africa

Intellectual Property

Bernadette Versfeld
3
Bernadette Versfeld
3
Band 3
Leanne Mostert
3
Leanne Mostert
3
Band 3
Intellectual Property: Patents

Tim Ball
2
Tim Ball
2
Band 2

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