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Chris Nyarukowa

About me

Chris Nyarukowa is an associate in the Patent Department at Adams & Adams. He is an admitted attorney of the South African High Court, and a registered Patent Attorney. He holds a PhD in Medicinal Biochemistry, specialising in Genomics and Metabolomics, and an LLB degree. Chris specialises in a diversity of fields including, but not limited to Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical, Life Sciences-related patent matters, and registered designs.

He is experienced in the drafting of patent specifications and the filing and prosecution of patent applications both locally and abroad. Chris also reviews and provides advice on the claims of South African patent applications, with a view of identifying disconformity with local requirements and/or areas where possible amendments may improve the enforceability of the claims.

Chris has experience in conducting intellectual property due diligence investigations, advising clients on technology transfer, licensing, and the commercialisation of IP. He also has pre-litigation experience, which includes preparing patent infringement and validity opinions, as well as conducting novelty, freedom to operate, and validity searches.

Chris is a member of the Legal Practice Council, the Pretoria Attorneys Association, the South African Research and Innovation Management Association, the Licensing Executives Society, the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law and the South African Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

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  • Prosecution – Drafting & Filing


  • Design Prosecution – Drafting & Filing


  • PhD Biochemistry – University of Pretoria | 2020
  • LLB – University of South Africa | 2019
  • MSc Biochemistry – University of Pretoria | 2016
  • BSc (Hons) Biochemistry – University of Pretoria | 2014
  • BSc Biochemistry – University of Pretoria | 2013


  • Admitted Attorney | 2023
  • Registered Patent Attorney | 2023


  • Legal Practice Council (LPC) – Member
  • Golden Key International Honour Society – Member
  • Southern African Research & Innovation Management Association (SARIMA) – Member
  • South African Society of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (SASBMB) – Member
  • Pretoria Attorneys Association (PAA) – Member
  • Licensing Executives Society (LES South Africa) – Member
  • South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL) – Fellow

Chris Nyarukowa News & Podcasts

Navigating IP Rights Issues in the Publicly Financed Research and Development Space

The South African Government introduced the Intellectual Property Rights from Publicly Financed Rese...

Thinking about moving Intellectual Property offshore? Here’s what you need to know.

There are many reasons why a South African entity may want to assign or transfer ownership of their ...