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Werksmans Attorneys

Intellectual Property

2 ranked lawyersBand 4South AfricaGlobal 2021 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Established practice valued for its long-standing expertise in a range of IP matters, with recognised experience in trade mark prosecution and enforcement. Well regarded for its particular strengths and activity in IP-related litigation, with an impressive track record acting for leading food and drink manufacturers, retailers and distributors, pharmaceutical companies, banks and media players, among others. Additionally sought out for its advice on domain name acquisitions and disputes, as well as counterfeiting issues.

Strengths

A client shared that the team is "always great," adding that it "always goes above and beyond for us, and meets and exceeds our expectations."

Another described the group as "very responsive, with good-quality advice which is strategic," concluding: "I am very impressed."

Work highlights

Advised Monster Energy on its opposition to an M logo mark in South Africa.

Notable practitioners

Donvay Wegierski is sought out by clients for her advice on trade mark filing, prosecution and opposition in South Africa and across the continent. A client reported:"I was impressed by his diligent and practical approach to the handling of my cases."

Head of the practice Janine Hollesen is well regarded among commentating clients, who praise her as "excellent" and appreciate her "absolutely great work." She is engaged by notable domestic and international companies for her counsel on trade mark opposition and infringement.

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Overview

The Werksmans Intellectual Property (IP) IP team acts for multinationals, large local companies, international sports enterprises and individuals.

The team often work across borders. We have both a dedicated South African IP practice and a foreign practice.

The team is skilled in assessing the size, content and value of clients’ IP portfolios, following up with strategic development guidelines and portfolio management. Where clients’ IP rights are threatened, our lawyers conduct litigation, be it in the form of interdicts, injunctions or claims for damages. Team members are also experienced in conducting domain name dispute proceedings.

They also expertly negotiate and prepare agreements on the IP aspects of commercial transactions, such as those involving licensees and franchisees.

Our expansive list of services includes the registration of IP rights both locally and internationally; the purchase, transfer and licensing of all IP rights (including copyrights, trade marks and patents); and IP strategic planning and portfolio management. We also assist with restraints of trade; e-commerce and IT law; litigation and dispute resolution in relation to a diversity of IP issues; and due diligence investigations. Other services include franchising; domain name protection, administration and disputes; anti-counterfeiting advice and actions; licensing and technology transfers; and matters relating to lotteries and gaming through media advertising.

Members

Hollesen, Janine (Head of Department)

Hollesen, Janine

Levenstein, Eric

Stockwell, Jonathan

Wakefield, Roger

Wegierski, Donvay

Intellectual Property

Werksmans Attorneys

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Location

The Central, 96 Rivonia Road

Sandown

Johannesburg

Gauteng

South Africa

2196

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South Africa

Intellectual Property


Donvay Wegierski
Band 4
Janine Hollesen
Band 4