ENSafrica’s large, dedicated IP practice has extensive experience in providing the full spectrum of specialist IP advice to a wide range of internationally-renowned clients.

We are essentially a full-service boutique IP firm within a large, full-service corporate law firm, and we work in partnership with our clients to solve their most complex legal challenges in a world where IP is increasingly becoming an integral part of corporate transactions and the most valuable asset owned by any company.

Our key differentiator is that we offer a holistic, integrated IP service that is commercially focused, tailored to your unique requirements, and sensitive to an array of legal and tax complexities.

Through a deep understanding of your business and your objectives, we can help you to successfully manage and extract value from your IP assets while minimising your legal and regulatory risks.

We have one of the strongest and fastest growing commercial IP offerings in Africa, and our patent attorneys (holding a variety of science degrees) and trade mark practitioners are considered leaders in their fields.

We advise on all aspects of non-contentious and contentious trade mark and copyright matters, including the creation, protection and maintenance of trade marks, copyright and domain names, litigation in the areas of trade marks, copyright, company names, domain names, advertising, passing-off, unlawful competition, and licensing and franchising.

When it comes to patent and registered design advice, our specialist teams can guide you from the conception of your idea to the protection, enforcement and commercialisation of your patents and designs.

We have the unique advantage, as part of Africa’s largest law firm, of being able to harness the expertise of more than 600 practitioners throughout the continent. ENSafrica has a significant breadth and depth of experience and specialist expertise that spans all commercial areas of law, tax, forensics and IP.

As such, we regularly partner with specialists across the firm, meaning that we are able to assist with all aspects of all matters across all sectors in all African jurisdictions, ensuring that your legal requirements are handled quickly and seamlessly.

ENSafrica manages the heftiest multinational IP instructions with poise
— World Trademark Review 1000 2018

what we offer

  • IP commercial, transactional and advisory services
  • trade marks
  • copyrights
  • patents
  • registered designs
being a full-service firm, it can provide its IP counsel with invaluable commercial and tax law insights; rights holders overwhelmed by a panoply of problems can pick up the phone and have all of them dealt with expediently
— IAM Patent 1000 2018
established player in this sector, valued for its long-standing expertise in handling a range of IP concerns for an enviable portfolio of domestic and international companies
— Chambers Global Guide 2018
the quality of their work is top-rate and they provide very strategic and cost-effective advice. It is a great firm that provides wonderful service and can handle a range of jurisdictions
— Chambers Global Guide 2018


African IP advice
African IP advice provided to financial media giant, Bloomberg L.P.
African IP advice
African IP advice provided to Advance Magazine Publishers / Condé Nast (publishers of GQ, Vanity Fair, Vogue, etc.)
Worldwide trade mark portfolio management
Worldwide trade mark portfolio management provided to mobile telecommunications company, MTN.
Worldwide IP portfolio advice
Worldwide IP portfolio advice provided to Africa’s largest insurer, Sanlam.
Worldwide trade mark and domain name advice
Worldwide trade mark and domain name advice provided to Sappi Ltd and Sappi Europe SA.
Patent advice
Patent advice provided to UCT in the fields of bioinformatics, computational chemistry, molecular diagnostics and hydrogen fuel cell technology, with patents in Europe, South Africa and the USA.
Successful prosecution
Successful prosecution of patents in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the USA for elevator advertising/signage firm Motion Icon, enabling it to establish a global licensing business.
Trade mark and patent advice
Trade mark and patent advice for Watertainer across Africa, regarding its container and storage facility for water, aimed at drought-ravaged African countries.
Trade mark and patent advice
Trade mark and patent advice for Fibertex South Africa across Africa, Asia, Europe and the USA, regarding its geo-container bag application for the protection of coastal environments.
Successful prosecution
Successful prosecution of patents in Europe, South Africa and the USA for Azargen Biotechnologies, enabling collaboration with iBio (USA) and use of the technology in South Africa.
Advice on IP assets
Advice on IP assets and other related matters provided to Tessara as part of a large equity transaction.
Advice on IP assets
Advice on IP assets and alignment of commercial transactions provided to Omnia Holdings.
Advice on IP
Advice on IP, exchange control and restructuring provided to an international security company for its South African operations.
Advice on talent services agreements
Advice on talent services agreements (using images of celebrities to promote products) provided to a major global FMCG company.
Advice on structuring of off-shore IP
Advice on structuring of off-shore IP and exploiting of intra-group IP assets provided to various clients in collaboration with ENSafrica’s tax team.
its lawyers are efficient, proactive and consistent in their approach; their turnaround time is impeccable
— World Trademark Review 1000 2018


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