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Andre van der Merwe

Senior Director

Trade Mark & Patent Attorney

Department

Trade Marks

Email

andrev@kisch-ip.com

Tel

+27 11 324 3084

Qualifications

  • B Sc (Chemistry)
  • B Proc
  • LL B
  • Attorney of the High Court of South Africa
  • Registered Patent Attorney
  • Trade Mark Practitioner
  • Accredited Domain Name ADR Adjudicator of .CO.ZA domain

Experience

  • Preparing, filing and prosecuting patents and registered designs both locally and internationally
  • Patent prosecution and litigation
  • Trade mark prosecution and litigation
  • All aspects of trade mark law from clearance searches and filings to changes of ownership and recordals
  • Litigation relating to trade mark and branding issues, including infringements, cancellation actions, passing off and unlawful competition
  • Trade mark auditing and providing clients with brand protection advice
  • Advising on Copyright law; adjudication of, and dealing with, domain name disputes
  • Advertising Standards Authority matters and advertising disputes

Technical expertise includes: Process chemistry and metallurgy

Industry Associations

  • Former president and council member of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL)
  • Fellow and serving member of various committees of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL)
  • Former president and serving board member of the South African Chapter of the Licensing Executive Society International (LESI)
  • Member of Standing IP Committee of the Law Society of South Africa (LSSA)
  • Member of Marques (a European-based trade mark/IP owners’ association)

Publications & Conferences

Participated in various publications and talks nationally and internationally.