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Werina Griffiths

About me

Ms. Griffiths is a qualified attorney and trade mark practitioner with more than 15 years’ litigation experience. Her practice is focused on all forms of intellectual property with a keen interest in copyright and, in particular, software and publishing. She has knowledge and experience in all types of IP enforcement matters in various African territories and has also advised clients on legislative amendments and Regulatory matters. Ms Griffiths has been involved in the representation of, and has acted for, prominent local and international clients, including Fortune 500 companies, across different industries including fashion, information technology, food and beverage, retail and transport. She is a co-author of the 2017 edition of Copyright Chapter in The Law of South Africa (LAWSA) publication and a guest lecturer in both LLB and LLM courses in Intellectual Property at the University of Pretoria.  Ms Griffiths was recognised as a WIPR leader in 2022 and ranked in the WTR 1000.

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Trade Marks

  • Enforcement


  • Enforcement


  • Trade Marks
  • Copyright
  • Unfair Competition and PassingOff
  • Domain Name Disputes

Academic Record

  • LLM (Intellectual Property) – University of Pretoria| 2018
  • LLB – Stellenbosch University | 2005


  • Qualified Trade Mark Practitioner | 2011
  • Admitted Attorney | 2008


  • European Communities Trade Mark Association (ECTA) – Associate Member
  • Legal Practice Council (LPC) – Member
  • Pretoria Attorneys Association (PAA) – Member
  • South African Institute of Intellectual Property law (SAIIPL) – Fellow
  • SAIIPL: Copyright Law Committee Member
  • The Law of South Africa (LAWSA) – Co-author of the Copyright Chapter |2017
  • WTR 1000 – Individuals: Enforcement and Litigation | 2022 – 2023
  • WIPR – Leaders: Trade Marks | 2022 – 2023
  • Best Lawyers® – Intellectual Property Law: South Africa | 2023 – 2024

Werina Griffiths News & Podcasts

Blind SA vs Minister of Trade, Industry & Competition & Others

The Constitutional Court declares provisions of the Copyright Act unconstitutional The Constitutiona...

Protecting Brand Integrity Through Certification Trade Mark Protection

In a recent order by Gauteng Division of the High Court, the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS...