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Jani Cronjé

About me

Jani Cronjé is a partner in the firm’s Trade Mark Litigation department.

She specialises in trade mark oppositions and cancellations, trade mark infringement and passing-off disputes, domain name complaints, ARB complaints and copyright infringement matters. Jani also advises clients regarding regulatory compliance issues. She regularly authors articles and presents on various IP topics.  She lectures in-house to candidates of the firm who wish to complete their practitioners with the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL) and also at the University of Pretoria, on trade mark law as part of their LLB. She has travelled abroad to represent the firm at conferences organised by INTA. She has been practising in the field of intellectual property law since 2007.

Jani has represented clients in various industries, including those involved in entertainment, finance, telecommunications, luxury goods, construction, etc.

She is a member of the Legal Practice Council and a fellow of SAIIPL.

Jani completed her BCom Law and LLB degrees at the University of Pretoria in 2006 (cum laude). At her graduation, she received the award for the best BCom Law and LLB student.  She was admitted as an attorney in 2009 and also qualified as a trade mark practitioner in 2009.

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  • Trade Marks
  • Copyright
  • Unlawful Competition
  • Domain Names
  • Company Name Objections
  • Advertising Disputes

Academic Record

  • LLB – University of Pretoria | 2006
  • BCom Law (with distinction) – University of Pretoria | 2004


  • Admitted Attorney | 2009
  • Trade Mark Practitioner | 2009


  • Legal Practice Council (LPC) – Member
  • Pretoria Attorneys Association (PAA) – Member
  • South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL) – Fellow


  • Finance Monthly Law Awards – Shortlisted for Copyright Lawyer of the Year | 2018
  • Lawyer Monthly Legal Awards – Entertainment Lawyer of the Year: South Africa | 2018
  • WIPR – Leaders: Trade Marks | 2023

Jani Cronjé News & Podcasts


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Ed Sheeran two-steps to victory in copyright dispute across the pond

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Parody in South Africa: addressing the Hippo in the room

A recent advertising parody has caused quite a stir at the watering hole, and left consumers questio...

Copyright counterclaim falls flat – Ed Sheeran Exonerated

“There are only so many notes and very few chords used in pop music – coincidence is bound to ha...

Pop stars to face the music over alleged copyright infringement

Copyright infringement hearings have certainly taken on a new meaning, after well-known musician, Ed...

McFringement? McDonald’s take Hungry Jack’s to Court over the new Big Jack burger

On 31 August 2020, companies in the McDonald’s group filed a lawsuit against the Hungry Jack’s f...

Teacher’s pet…hate

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