Vanessa Ferguson

Trade Mark Attorney

Head of Anti –Counterfeiting Department






+27 11 324 3069


  • B Iuris
  • LL B
  • Attorney of the High Court of South Africa
  • Trade Mark Practitioner



  • B.Juris LL.B, Attorney of High Court of South Africa
  • Qualified Trade Mark Practitioner
  • Adjudicator: Domain Name Disputes (.co.za)
  • 20 years Experience in Trade Mark practice, enforcement and anti-counterfeiting

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)

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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”General IP Star logo