HAHN & HAHN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY PRACTITIONERS

Hahn & Hahn Team

Victor Williams

Victor Williams

Victor has mechanical engineering and law degrees, is an admitted attorney and registered patent attorney. He is a past president of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law. Victor moved to Hahn & Hahn Inc from Adams & Adams and is the head of our Trade Marks department. He is also involved in litigation and valuations in all areas of intellectual property. Victor is a senior adjudicator of the Institutes’ alternate dispute resolution provider for settling domain name disputes. Lastly, Victor serves as a moderator, lecturer and examiner for the Patent Examination Board and is the Financial Director of Hahn & Hahn Inc.

Janusz Luterek

Janusz Luterek

Janusz's qualifications include a B.Eng (Chemical) and a B.Proc. He is an admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa, a patent attorney and a registered professional engineer. Janusz is also a member of several professional, industrial and legal societies. Janusz moved from Adams & Adams to join Hahn & Hahn Inc in 1997. Before joining the profession, Janusz worked in the chemical, food and beverage, and pharmaceutical industries for a number of years. Janusz's current activities include both intellectual property focussing on the drafting, prosecution and litigation of patents, and regulatory compliance focussing of food and consumer products. Janusz is a senior adjudicator of the Institute of Intellectual Property Law's alternate dispute resolution provider for settling domain name disputes. Janusz’s technical fields of specialization include petrochemical engineering, food and beverage science and engineering, pharmaceuticals, agro chemicals, catalysis, IT and business method related patents while also handling mechanical and electrical patent applications.

Clyde Michael

Clyde Michael

Clyde holds degrees in electronic engineering and law and is a qualified attorney and patent attorney. He moved from Adams & Adams to join Hahn & Hahn Inc in 2000. Clyde has been involved in patent and design searching, providing opinions on novelty and infringement of patents and designs and drafting and prosecuting local and foreign patent and design applications since the beginning of 1997. Clyde has been in charge of the Africa patent and design department at Hahn & Hahn Inc (dealing with all patent and design matters throughout the rest of the African continent) since 2002. Clyde also runs the Galloway & Co ARIPO practice.

Pieter Venter

Pieter Venter

Pieter holds B.Sc., B.Sc.(Hons), M.Sc. degrees in chemistry and an LLB degree. He is a qualified attorney and patent attorney. He moved from Adams & Adams to join Hahn & Hahn Inc in 2001. Pieter deals with all aspects of intellectual property law and is involved in patent litigation, the drafting and prosecution of local and foreign patent applications. Pieter also handles commercial aspects regarding intellectual property such as licensing agreements and is a past president of the South African Chapter of The Licensing Executives Society.

Youngmi Ra

Youngmi Ra

Youngmi graduated with a B.Sc (Biology) and an M.Sc (Microbiology) in the Republic of Korea. Later, Youngmi qualified as a Korean patent attorney and practised for 13 years at three of the largest patent and law offices in Korea before moving to Hahn & Hahn Inc in South Africa in 1999. Youngmi has extensive international patent litigation experience in the chemical, pharmaceutical and biotechnology fields, and also specialises in the filing and prosecution of patent applications worldwide. Youngmi also represents multinational companies for trademark enforcement in various African countries including Senegal, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Mali, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Tanzania, Kenya, Zambia, Namibia and Botswana.

Vanessa Lawrance

Vanessa Lawrance

Vanessa holds B.Comm and LLB degrees; the final semester of the latter degree was completed at the University of Leiden, Netherlands. She also holds diplomas in Corporate Law and Drafting and Interpretation of Contracts. Vanessa moved from Adams & Adams to join Hahn & Hahn Inc in 2002. Vanessa is a Trade Mark Practitioner and is primarily involved with Trade Mark litigation, Copyright and Internet matters. She is a qualified Notary and also an accredited Assessor and Mediator

Claudia Berndt

Claudia Berndt

Claudia joined Hahn & Hahn Inc at the beginning of 1999 after completing a degree in chemical engineering at the University of Pretoria and is a qualified attorney and patent attorney. Claudia's current activities include drafting and prosecuting local and foreign patent applications, as well as filing and prosecuting PCT national phase patent applications in South Africa. Claudia heads our local Paris Convention patent filing department as well as our local Design filing department and our Plant Breeders' Rights filing department. She is fluent in English, Afrikaans and German and is a member of FICPI.

Madelein Kleyn - Expert Consultant

Madelein Kleyn - Expert Consultant

Madelein is a Chemical Engineer, an admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa and a South African patent attorney. She has more than 27 years’ experience as in-house corporate Intellectual Property Counsel, in both Petrochemical and agriculture industries for international companies. She is an Expert Consultant to Hahn & Hahn focussing on IP due diligence in support of merger and acquisition transactions, commercial technology related contracts inclusive of intellectual property licensing, exchange control advice and approval application for export of intellectual property in off shore corporate structures. She also advises clients on IP strategy and policy development and implementation.

She holds a B.Sc. Eng. (Chemical), B.Proc, LLB, LLM (tax); PhD (Intellectual Property). She is a member of SARIMA, AUTM, INTA, SAIIPL, ACS, CCASA and LES (Past President).

Michiel Grobler

Michiel Grobler

Michiel holds B.Pharm, M.Sc Pharm and LLB degrees. He is an admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa, a registered patent attorney and a registered pharmacist. Before joining Hahn and Hahn Inc in 2012, Michiel worked as a Research and Development pharmacist for a large multi-national pharmaceutical company where he gained experience in oral dosage formulation and pharmaceutical process design. Michiel specialises in all aspects of intellectual property law and is particularly involved in patent litigation, and the drafting and prosecution of patent applications in foreign jurisdictions.

Rachel Sekotlong

Rachel Sekotlong

Rachel joined Hahn & Hahn Inc in June 1990 and holds a BA (H.E.D.) as well as LLB. Rachel heads up our local patent department and is involved in all aspects of patent administration, including renewals. She is fluent in English, Tswana, Zulu and Afrikaans and is currently enrolled to write the first year exams offered by the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law.

Marina Brewis

Marina Brewis

Marina is fluent in German, English, French and Afrikaans and was admitted to the High Court of South Africa in September 1996 as a sworn translator for English/German, German/English, French/English and English/French. Marina joined Hahn & Hahn Inc. in 1989 as a technical translator and provides translation services to both local and international clients.

Elke Harck

Elke Harck

Elke Harck is the Patent Administration Manager for Hahn & Hahn Inc, which position Elke has held for 30 years, dealing mostly with foreign filings, designs and local patent administration. Elke lived in Germany and the USA before coming to South Africa and is fluent in both German and English.

Dorothy Imrie

Dorothy Imrie

Dorothy joined Hahn & Hahn Inc in 2002 and holds the position of Local Trade Marks Manager. In particular, Dorothy oversees trade mark filings, searches and prosecution in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland

Taryn Degenaar

Taryn Degenaar

Taryn joined Hahn & Hahn Inc in 2005 and holds the position of Foreign Trade Marks Manager. In particular, Taryn oversees African and International trade mark filings, searches and prosecution

Yolande Anderson

Yolande Anderson

Yolande joined Hahn & Hahn Inc in 2016 and holds the position of Patents Paralegal in our Patent Department. In particular, Yolande is primarily involved in Litigation and in all aspects of patent administration. She is also currently a student member of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law.

Dirk Henning

Dirk Henning

Dirk joined Hahn & Hahn Inc during 2011 and currently holds the position of Accounts Manager. He obtained diplomas in Accounting and Project Management and has 26 years experience in the financial sphere.

Aileen Blignaut

Aileen Blignaut

Aileen joined Hahn & Hahn Inc in 2013. She holds an LLB degree and is currently a student member of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law. She is primarily involved with trade mark filings, searches and prosecution in South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland.

Keenan-Jay Barnard - Technical Assistant

Keenan-Jay Barnard - Technical Assistant

Keenan-Jay joined Hahn & Hahn in 2016 after obtaining a degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Pretoria. He is currently completing an LLB degree and his patent examinations. Keenan-Jay deals primarily with the drafting of patent specifications as well as filing and prosecution of patent applications in South Africa and abroad. Keenan-Jay is a student member of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law.

Melissa Rabie - Technical Assistant

Melissa Rabie - Technical Assistant

Melissa has a B.Eng Mechatronics degree and has completed her Patent Bar and Legal Board exams. Melissa has a knowledge of RF and signal processing and of switches and transistors. Melissa joined our team in 2018 and is currently working in the patent drafting and prosecution department.

Udisha Chathuri - Technical Assistant

Udisha Chathuri - Technical Assistant

Udisha manages the day to day operation and filings of the South African National Phase department. She is currently finalising her Ph.D in the Department of Molecular and Cell biology focusing on "omics". Through years of research, Udisha has gained additional skills in large data set analysis and data mining.

Alan J.S. Dunlop - Of Counsel

Alan J.S. Dunlop - Of Counsel

Alan holds mechanical engineering and law degrees. He is a registered professional engineer, a registered patent lawyer in South Africa, Canada and Malawi, and was the President of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law. Alan's current activities encompass all aspects of intellectual property, from drafting patent specifications and design applications to copyright, trade mark and unlawful competition advice and licensing contracts.

A major part of his practice is conducting patent litigation in the Patent Court and on appeal in the Supreme Court of Appeal. His special interest is design law, he is the Reporter on the FICPI CET2 committee, Chairs the S.A. Design Law committee, and was a national Council member of Design South Africa. Alan is chairman of the Judges Panel of the annual Design Prototype Awards of the Design institute of the SABS and SAIIPL. Alan is the author of numerous papers on intellectual property law and related topics, worked in the Statutory Advisory Committee in drafting amendments to the Copyright Act, the Designs Act and was chairman of the drafting committee of the Petty Patents Act.

Alan has worked in the steel industry, gaining valuable experience relating to steel manufacturing technologies and general engineering and computer technology.

  • Alan Dunlop has retired from practice but is still of Counsel from time to time. Please contact Hahn & Hahn on our central e-mail for any enquiries
Janet Tomkow-Coetzer - Of Counsel

Janet Tomkow-Coetzer - Of Counsel

Janet holds degrees in Science and Law and runs the Galloway & Co ARIPO practice while also dealing with incoming patent and registered design instructions received from foreign clients for filing in African countries outside of South Africa. Janet has over 8 years experience in intellectual property law.

Roland Baur - Of Counsel

Roland Baur - Of Counsel

Roland holds a P.hD in Physics from the University of Heidelberg and an LLB from the University of South Africa and is a German and European Patent and Trademark Attorney. Roland has been working for over 15 years in the field of intellectual property in, among others in the fields of electronics, telecommunication, satellite communication and signal processing for military applications. Roland did his thesis in the field of pattern processing with VLSI processors and later his doctorate in the field of particle physics in the context of experiments at the European Nuclear Research Centre CERN. Roland is the author or co-author of about 60 scientific publications.

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