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At van Rooy

Senior Director
Patent Attorney

Head: Patent Department & Chair: Executive Committee

Department

Patents

Email

atv@kisch-ip.com

Tel

+27 11 324 3161

Qualifications

  • B Sc (Chemistry & Biochemistry)
  • B Proc
  • Attorney of the High Court of South Africa
  • Registered Patent Attorney

Experience

More than 24 years’ experience in:

  • Patent litigation
  • Plant Breeders’ Rights and Plant Variety protection and litigation
  • Patent filing, prosecution and litigation in life sciences, including pharmaceuticals, veterinary sciences, medical sciences, biotech, biochemical sciences, microbiological sciences,
  • Filing and prosecuting Plant Breeders’ Rights (PBR) locally and internationally
  • Drafting agreements pertaining to plant, biological material, genetically modified organisms and bio-prospecting
  • Execution and oversight of Anton-Piller orders in the field of intellectual property
  • Regulatory matters under: Act 101 (‘Medicines Act’), PBR Act, Plant Improvement Act, Agricultural Pests Act and Genetically Modified Organisms Act
  • Intellectual property law and intellectual property auditing
  • Design filing, prosecution and litigation (local and international)

 

Technical expertise includes: Life sciences, pharmaceuticals, veterinary sciences, medical sciences, biotech, biochemical sciences, microbiological sciences, plant breeders’ rights and genetically modified organisms

Industry Associations

  • Former president of the International Federation of Intellectual Property (FICPI) South Africa
  • Fellow of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL)
  • Member of the Law Society of the Northern Provinces (LSNP)
  • Member of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)
  • Member of Suid Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns

Publications & Conferences

  • Co-author of the South African chapter in international publication: The Intellectual Property Review (Publisher: Law Business Research Ltd, 2012 & 2013)
  • “Protection of Traditional Medicine” – At van Rooy and Jetane Weyers, Plants People & Nature – Benefit Sharing in Practice, Denzel Phillips International, AAMEF Publishing, 2009
  • “Patenting Life” – At van Rooy and Simon Thanyani, Financier Worldwide, Legal & Regulatory: Biotech & Pharmaceutical, September 2009
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