Published Date: November 24, 2020

Protecting one’s rights to intellectual property in Africa is often regarded as overwhelming and complicated, due to differing legal requirements and a perceived lack of capacity in certain jurisdictions. A team that has African expertise and experience in patent and design filings and prosecutions in multiple jurisdictions across the continent can make this an easier and less stressful process.

On-the-ground knowledge and experience

With more than 20 offices and a network of tried-and-tested contacts throughout Africa, Adams & Adams is one of the largest intellectual property law firms on the continent. Our dedicated Africa Filing and Prosecution Patent team are not only experts in the South African market, but have in-depth knowledge of other African jurisdictions, taking a centralised approach in managing work across various countries.

We have a close relationship with important regional IP organisations, including the African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO) and the Organisation Africaine de la Propriété Intellectuelle (OAPI), enhancing our IP offering. Members of our practice travel throughout the continent to engage with registry officials and our local partners on the ground, to find effective solutions to the unique challenges Africa faces.

Once a year we meet with representatives from our Associate Offices, registry officials and some of the best IP professionals on the continent to share information and stay up to date with developments in the region. In addition, all our Associate Offices undergo a rigorous due diligence exercise annually, where we review the scope and level of each practice, including registration, insurance, anti-corruption compliance, and policies and regulations regarding data protection and privacy.

Understanding the needs of our international and local clients

We have experience in handling a large variety and number of cases, from large corporate companies to small inventors, both in South Africa and outside of its borders. We understand that each of our client’s needs are different and do our best to adapt our services to suit their specific strategies and budget.

Our clients enjoy peace of mind knowing they are in expert hands when navigating the intricacies of the IP legal system in Africa.

Meet our Top Young Talent in the Africa Filing and Prosecution Patent team

Nthabisheng Phaswana – Partner

Passionate about Africa and promoting the opportunities it provides, Nthabisheng has established key relations with IP officials and registry personnel in several countries on the continent. Nthabi is passionate about promoting diversity in the profession and growing and supporting junior members of staff to fulfil their potential. She has been invited to speak on various panels for international organisations on issues of race and gender diversity.

Wilhelm Prozesky – Partner – Patent Attorney

Developing long lasting client relationships is imperative for Wilhelm. Responsive and knowledgeable, with over 14 years’ experience, Wilhelm takes a strategic approach in delivering services that are specifically suited to individual client needs.

Ramon Pereira – Senior Associate– Patent Attorney

With his sharp memory and intelligent reasoning, Ramon has a knack of finding creative solutions within the legal system that streamline processes for efficiency, which translate into saving time and money for clients.

Dr Charleen Rupnarain – Senior Associate  – Patent Attorney

With a strong biotechnical background, Charleen provides technical expertise and has broad experience in drafting and prosecuting patent applications in local, African and international jurisdictions.

Charleen Rupnarain
Senior Associate | Patent Attorney
Nthabisheng Phaswana
Partner | Attorney
Ramon Pereira
Senior Associate | Patent Attorney
Wilhelm Prozesky
Partner | Patent Attorney