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BBEE Status: We have received our Level 2 Accreditation for 2013

Hahn & Hahn voted IP Boutique Law Firm of the Year in South Africa 2013
Janusz Luterek has been voted one of the worlds top1000 IP attorneys

Head Office
Tel: (27)(12) 342 1774
Fax: (27)(12) 342 3027
222 Richard Street, Hatfield, 0083, South Africa
P.O.Box 13575 Hatfield 0028
Republic of South Africa
Docex 219 Pretoria

Cape Town Branch Office

Office Hours:
Mon - Thurs: 08h00 to 16h30
Friday: 08h00 to 14h30
We are closed on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays although our professional staff can often be reached on their emails after hours or by prior arrangement.














About Us

Hahn & Hahn Inc is a boutique firm of Intellectual Property practitioners specializing in obtaining and protecting Patent, Design and Trademark rights in South Africa and the entire African Continent. The firm has French, German, English and Korean speaking Patent Attorneys and we are able to prepare translations between French, German and English as well as correspond in those languages. Our professional staff includes Chemical Engineers, Electronic Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, Organic Chemists, Biotechnologists and Electrical Engineers, who all practice in the fields of intellectual property law and are qualified Attorneys.

Hahn & Hahn Inc represents some of the worlds top Chemical, Biotechnology, Communications, Consumer Goods and Industrial firms in both Patent and Trademark matters. These clients enjoy the benefit of over 50 years experience in Patent and Trademark prosecution and litigation in South Africa and the rest of the African Continent.

With the Galloway & Co merger in 2006 Hahn & Hahn Inc gained direct access to the IP offices in ARIPO, Malawi, and Zambia thereby improving efficiency for our clients in these jurisdictions.

On this website you will find current filing requirements, tariffs and forms for African Patent and Trademark applications.

The history of Hahn & Hahn

Hahn & Hahn was founded by Dr. W A Hahn who arrived in South Africa from Europe during 1948 where he had previously been engaged for 20 years in the multinational chemical industry as a patent expert. While qualifying as a South African patent agent, Dr. Hahn was engaged in conducting international license negotiations for the South African Coal, Oil and Gas Corporation Ltd. (SASOL) and setting up SASOL's patent and documentation department, initially under his full time direction.

In 1951 Dr Hahn founded his own firm, Dr W.A. Hahn, at Pretoria where the South African Patents and Trade Marks Office and Courts are situated. For some years the firm continued to manage SASOL's patent department on a part time basis. In building up the firm Dr. Hahn re-established his past (mostly pre-war) contacts with industry and colleagues all over the world.

After completing his doctorate during 1957 in oil and coal chemistry and technology at the University of Karlsruhe, Germany, Dr. H.H. Hahn joined the firm as a full time assistant, qualifying as a patent agent in 1959. During 1961 he became a partner of the firm which was renamed Drs. W.A. Hahn & H.H. Hahn. From these beginnings the firm grew steadily and continues to do so.

Hans Hahn was an international intellectual property adviser to several multinational companies. His technical fields of experience include chemistry (including pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, petrochemistry); chemical engineering; conventional and alternative energy; natural and synthetic oils; bituminous substances; wood and pulp technologies; mining, prospecting, and mineral beneficiation; metallurgy; separation methods and apparatus; ecology; energy saving and industrialized buildings.

Hans was also a leader in the field of technical translations and is fluent in English, German, Afrikaans and Dutch, while having a reading knowledge of French.

During the period in which Hans was active at Hahn & Hahn, Hahn & Hahn expanded into a fully fledged Africa practice and files patent and trade mark applications in ARIPO,OAPI, South Africa, Angola, Nigeria, Egypt and other African countries.

In September 1993 Hahn & Hahn merged with South Africa's largest general law firm Webber Wentzel Bowens. During 1996, however, a decision was taken to reconstitute the specialized intellectual property law firm of Hahn & Hahn so as to enable it to independently pursue those activities it knows best. These include the registration and protection of intellectual and other property rights on behalf of its national and international clients and associates and the provision of expert and practical advice regarding intellectual property, international trade and the environment.

In 2006, Galloway & Co, having a history of over 40 years and a physical presence in Malawi, Zambia and ARIPO, merged with Hahn & Hahn Inc. This merger gave Galloway & Co clients access to highly qualified and experienced patent and trademark attorneys in all fields of technology while providing Hahn & Hahn Inc's clients direct access to Malawi, Zambia, and ARIPO without the need to work through a third party.