Vanessa Ferguson is a director and head of KISCH IP's anti-counterfeiting department, with more than 20 years’ experience in intellectual property and anti-counterfeiting specifically. Her practice covers anti-counterfeiting, cross-border enforcement of IP rights, trademark prosecution and litigation and copyright law, with a special focus on litigation.
Vanessa advises clients on both the management and enforcement of their IP portfolios, with a focus on brand enforcement in Southern Africa and a number of other key regions in Africa.
Vanessa is a member of the International Trademark Association (INTA) and the INTA Enforce-ment Committee. She is past chair of the INTA Middle East, Africa and South Asia Sub-committee of the Anti-counterfeiting Committee (2014-2015).
Vanessa is a council member and the convener of the South African Institute of Intellectual Prop-erty Law (SAIIPL) Anti-counterfeiting Committee, which has a specific focus on the development of policies and procedures, training and awareness of anti-counterfeiting in South Africa, working closely with stakeholders and government officials.
She is furthermore an examiner for trademark litigation on behalf of the SAIIPL; she also lectures to university students and is involved in training with law enforcement, Customs and other parties involved in anti-counterfeiting.
Vanessa has been involved in and spoken at a number of South African and international seminars and conferences on both trademarks and anti-counterfeiting in South Africa and Africa, and has published in her field of expertise both locally and internationally.
Vanessa obtained a BJuris in 1993 and an LLB in 1995; she has been an attorney of the High Court of South Africa since 1999 and a qualified trademark practitioner since 2000. She is also an appointed domain name dispute adjudicator for the ‘co.za’ domain. As a result of her extensive experience and
exposure to IP law and enforcement measures in Africa.