VANESSA FERGUSON

Founder
Trade marks & Anti-counterfeiting

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KIRSTEN-LEE DINNES

Consultant
Patents & Designs

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VANESSA FERGUSON

Vanessa is a qualified trade mark practitioner and specializes in IP protection and enforcement, with a specific focus on anti-counterfeiting and associated enforcement measures.

For more than two decades, Vanessa has been assisting clients from all industries and areas in respect of both traditional and non-traditional IP protection and enforcement, both in South Africa as well as key African territories, with a strong focus on regional and cross-border enforcement measures.

With a strong passion and belief in education and capacity building, Vanessa works closely with government bodies and industries in South Africa and is actively involved in the training programs for law enforcement, customs and other role players in anti-counterfeiting and intellectual property enforcement measures.

Vanessa is the co-author of INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ENFORCEMENT IN AFRICA (published May 2020 by Oxford University Press) and co-authored the Africa Chapter of RESEARCH HANDBOOK ON CROSS-BORDER ENFORCEMENT OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (published 2014 by Edward Elgar Publishing Limited).

Qualifications

B.Juris LLB. Trade Mark Practitioner, Attorney of the High Court of South Africa

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

VANESSA FERGUSON

Vanessa is a qualified trade mark practitioner and specializes in IP protection and enforcement, with a specific focus on anti-counterfeiting and associated enforcement measures.

For more than two decades, Vanessa has assisted clients from all industries and areas in respect of both traditional and non-traditional IP protection and enforcement, both in South Africa as well as key African territories, with a strong focus on regional and cross-border enforcement measures.

With a strong passion and belief in education and capacity building, Vanessa works closely with government bodies and industries in South Africa and is actively involved in the training programs for law enforcement, customs and other role players in anti-counterfeiting and intellectual property enforcement measures.

Vanessa is the co-author of INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ENFORCEMENT IN AFRICA (published May 2020 by Oxford University Press) and co-authored the Africa Chapter of RESEARCH HANDBOOK ON CROSS-BORDER ENFORCEMENT OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (published 2014 by Edward Elgar Publishing Limited).

Qualifications

B.Juris LLB. Trade Mark Practitioner, Attorney of the High Court of South Africa

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

KIRSTEN-LEE DINNES

Kirsten-Lee is a registered South African Patent Attorney and deals in all patent and design matters.

Over the past few years, Kirsten-Lee has shown a keen interest assisting SMME’s with their IP and has assisted the Design Institute of the South African Standards Authority with various innovator programs and acted as a panelist on the Young Innovators Program, providing mentoring to young innovators around protection and commercialization of their IP.

In addition to this, Kirsten-Lee has been elected on a panel of experts to the Climate Innovation Centre of the Innovation Hub to provide mentorship services to assist it in the development and support of projects proposals and business plans submitted to and/or being supported by the Climate Innovation Centre.

Qualifications

BSc: Genetics; Physiology; Psychology; Pharmacology. LLB. Registered Patent Attorney, Attorney of the High Court, South Africa.