Danie specialises in patent, design, plant breeder’s rights and intellectual property agreement litigation, commercialisation and opinion work.
He represents clients in a diversity of fields, including pharmaceutical, agriculture, agro chemical, mining, manufacturing, transport, security and safety. He further acts in multi-jurisdictional patent and design litigation in several African countries.
Danie has litigated a number of cases to the South African Court of Appeal and the Constitutional Court. Many of his matters are reported and are considered leading patent law cases. He has represented parties in cases which set the current South African law on issues of inventiveness, clarity, interim interdicts in patent infringements, contributory patent infringement, the role of public interest in interim interdicts on patents for life saving drugs, evidentiary requirements to prove patent infringement and requirements for divisional patent applications.
Danie is a director of the Licensing Executives Society of South Africa, a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association and a fellow of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law, where he sits as chairperson of its Patent and Design Law Committee. He is further a lecturer and examiner for the Patent Examination Board of South Africa.