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Intellectual Property - South Africa
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Mariëtte du Plessis, senior partner in the Trade Mark Litigation section of the firm's Trade Marks Department, specialises in all trade mark, copyright, advertising law and domain name related disputes throughout Africa, as well as regulatory advice. She represents high profile South African and international clients in their trade mark and copyright matters throughout Africa.
She has a particular interest in IP aspects of the arts, design and advertising, with a focus on educating young creative talents to protect their IP.
Mariëtte has been involved in a number of high-profile cases over the years. In the case of Pioneer Foods (Pty) Ltd v Bothaville Milling (Pty) Ltd, she successfully represented the respondent in the case up to the Supreme Court of Appeal. It is regarded as the “road map” for passing off cases in South Africa. She is also a Senior Adjudicator for .co.za domain name disputes.
Over the years Mariëtte has been actively involved with, and served leadership roles on various statutory and professional member committees, both locally and internationally, numerous times. She is highly regarded by her peers as an expert in her field with a track record that speaks for itself.