Vanessa Ferguson


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 ‘’ domain. As a result of her extensive experience and
exposure to IP law and enforcement measures in Africa.

Industry Associations
    • Qualified Trade Mark Practitioner & Fellow of the SAIIPL InstitutE
    • Counsel Member (Administration Officer)
    • Convenor of the Anti-counterfeiting Committee
    • Examiner: Trade Mark Law & Practice (Litigation)
  • INTA 
    • Member of the Anti-Counterfeiting Committee (2012-2015)
    • Convenor of the MEASA (Middle East Africa & South Asia)
    • Anti- counterfeiting subcommittee (2014-2015)
    • Member of the Enforcement Subcommittee (2016-2017)

Best Lawyers

Publications & Conferences
  • 2012
    Speaker: CAME Seminar (Buenos Aires) – Anti-counterfeiting best practices (Oct)
    INTA  Conference Advanced Anti-counterfeiting Strategies (Dec)
  • 2014  
    Organiser & Presenter INTA & SAIIPL Co-hosted Anti-counterfeiting Roundtable (Feb)
    Research Handbook on Cross- Border Enforcement of Intellectual Property- Co-Author: Cross Border enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights: Africa
  • 2015  
    Co Author: Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights in Africa (March 2015)
    702 & Cape Talk: Journey of Counterfeit Goods once seized (July 2015)
  • 2016
    Polity: Africa A land of Opportunity to brand holders & counterfeiters alike  (May 2016)
    ILO Article: Protecting IP Rights requires a tailored approach (June 2016)
    INTA & BASCAP: Speaker Africa Anti-Counterfeiting Workshop (Sept 2016)
    INTA Conference: Building Africa with Brands (Sept 2016) – Speaker: Creating and Implementing and effective Enforcement in Africa
    CIPC Law Enforcement training (Feb – Eastern Cape) and (Nov – Free State)
  • 2017
    WIPO/ CIPC Workhop on Anti-counterfeiting (Presenter) (Feb 2017)
    Pan African Anti-Counterfeiting & Brand Protection Summit; Topic presented: “Best practices in the fight against global counterfeiting”


Get in touch

Vanessa Ferguson
Trade Mark Attorney
+27 11 324 3069