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intellectual property (IP) | 02 Jul 2019

intellectual property (IP)

Accolades for ENSafrica’s patent, trade mark and commercial IP teams

We are delighted to announce that Rowan Forster, head of ENSafrica’s patent team, and Dr Joanne van Harmelen, have once again been recognised as leading patent attorneys for patent prosecution work by IAM Patent 1000 for 2019.

Our head of the commercial IP team, Waldo Steyn, was also recognised as a leading lawyer in the patent transactions category.

Our top-ranked IP team also received the following comments: 

“Africa’s largest law firm, ENSafrica is unified by a customer-centric culture, which enables it to furnish clients with an integrated service covering every conceivable legal need. By itself, the IP unit covers all bases for patent owners and is a go-to for holistic solutions; as testament to this, many blue-chip companies have entrusted the firm with the management of their portfolios, moving on from previous relationships in the process. Among the side’s most sought-after professionals are Rowan Forster and Joanne van Harmelen who have the firm’s agrochemical, pharmaceutical and biotech practices running like a well-oiled machine. Van Harmelen, who heads up the life sciences practice, was previously chief scientific officer at the University of Cape Town – an institution she continues to assist in connection with patent management. Joining them in the IAM Patent 1000 this year for the first time is Waldo Steyn who helms a bustling commercial IP practice.

We are also delighted to announce that Rowan and Joanne received rankings as Patent Stars in Managing Intellectual Property’s IP Stars for 2019 and Gaelyn Scott, head of ENSafrica’s IP department, and Ilse du Plessis, head of the trade mark prosecution team, received rankings as Trade Mark Stars.

The consistent recognition of ENSafrica’s IP department and its team members by international ratings agencies and their publications is testimony to the calibre of IP attorneys in the team and the department’s profile in the IP field.