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Vishen Pillay

About me

Vishen Pillay is a patent partner resident in the Durban office of Adams & Adams. He has a background in electronic engineering (UKZN) and is an admitted attorney as well as a qualified patent attorney.

Vishen specialises in assisting his clients to protect their inventions in the fields of electronics including telecommunications ranging from classical to quantum communication, electrical engineering, computer software including artificial intelligence and machine learning, mechanical engineering, electro-mechanical engineering, and bio-medical engineering.  In particular, he deals with all matters relating to filing and prosecution of patent and design applications in South Africa and abroad, as well as IP strategy.

Vishen has drafted and prosecuted patent and design applications on behalf of many South African Universities, Science Councils, US Fortune 500, and South African Top 100 companies.

In 2016, Vishen was hand-picked by the South African Minister of Science & Technology, at the time, to sit on the National Intellectual Property Management Office (NIPMO) Advisory Board for a period of 5 years. In addition, he is the co-chair of the American Intellectual Property Law Association’s (AIPLA) Africa Committee.

Vishen currently serves as one of the Partners on the Management Committee of Adams & Adams.

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  • Drafting patent specifications (particularly in the fields of electronic, mechanical and software related inventions)
  • Filing and prosecuting local and foreign patent applications
  • Filing and prosecuting local and foreign industrial design applications
  • Patent searches and competitive analyses

Academic Record

  • LLB – University of South Africa | 2008
  • BSc Eng (Elec.) – University of Kwazulu-Natal | 2004


  • Admitted Attorney | 2009
  • Registered Patent Attorney | 2009


  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) – Member and Co-chair of the Africa Committee
  • International Federation of Patent Agents (FICPI) – Member
  • Legal Practice Council (LPC) – Member
  • South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL) – Fellow
  • SAIIPL: Patent & Design Law Committee
  • Southern African Research & Innovation Management Association (SARIMA) – Member


  • Best Lawyers® – Intellectual Property Law – South Africa | 2021 – 2024
  • IFLR Patent Expert Guide – Experts for Patents | 2019
  • IAM Patent 1000 – Individuals: Prosecution | 2021 – 2023
  • WIPR – Leaders: Patents | 2023

Vishen Pillay News & Podcasts

Adams & Adams welcomes first female chairperson and further members of the management committee

As we commemorated International Women’s Day on 8 March celebrating the social, economic and cultu...

Patent Protection in Information and Communications Technology

Innovations in electronic, mechanical and software technology are a dynamic and increasingly growing...