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Please find below a selection of profiles of some of our professional staff members, to provide some insight into our skills and experience.

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Elaine Bergenthuin

MANAGING PARTNER

Elaine Bergenthuin

Managing Partner

Elaine is the managing director of De Beer Attorneys.  Elaine has a wealth of experience in both prosecution and litigation of all forms of intellectual property.

She is a qualified electronic engineer, a registered South African Patent Attorney and an Admitted Attorney of the High Court of South Africa. She has over 10 years of experience in the legal industry, both locally and abroad. Elaine spent a number of years working at a leading firm of Chartered and European patent attorneys in London,.. Read More

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Dr. Ntombovuyo Bungane

Associate

Ntombovuyo is an Associate in the Patents Department at De Beer Attorneys. She is an admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa. Ntombovuyo obtained her Doctor of Philosophy (Medical Chemistry) degree from the University of Cape Town. She later obtained her LLB degree from the University of South Africa. She also completed a diploma in Business Management from the Business Management Training College of Southern Africa.

Prior to joining De Beer Attorneys, Ntombovuyo began her career as a Chemistry lecturer and subsequently worked at one of the large intellectual property law firms in Gauteng where she gained invaluable experience in patent prosecution. Having previously worked in . Read More

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Abduraouph Kamaar

Admitted Attorney 

Nazli is particularly interested in trademark law and she is currently gaining exposure and experience in all aspects of intellectual property law within the Trademarks Department at De Beer Attorneys.

During her studies, Nazli completed numerous internship programs at some of the most prestigious law firms in South Africa including spending time at Legal Aid South Africa (the Pro Bono legal services organisation in South Africa) where she shadowed several professionals and gained exposure to the legal industry…Read More

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Nicki Coetzee

Senior Paralegal 

Nicki Coetzee

Senior Paralegal

Nicki is a Senior Paralegal and the Head of Formalities at De Beer Attorneys. She manages all of the formal aspects related to the filing and prosecution of IP matters for local and foreign clients.

 

Nicki worked for many years in the UK at a large financial services company where she created a role for herself as Legal Secretary and Paralegal which played an integral part in the running of the in-house legal department and the company. She supported not only the London branch of the company, but also the head office in Ireland as well as the branch offices in Dubai, Hong Kong and Brazil. Before joining De Beer Attorneys, she worked as a Patent Secretary at another IP firm based in Cape Town. She is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives in the UK and holds a Level 3 Diploma in Law and Practice.  Read More

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Nazli Londt

IP Secretary 

Nazli Londt

IP Secretary

Nazli is particularly interested in trademark law and she is currently gaining exposure and experience in all aspects of intellectual property law within the Trademarks Department at De Beer Attorneys.

During her studies, Nazli completed numerous internship programs at some of the most prestigious law firms in South Africa including spending time at Legal Aid South Africa (the Pro Bono legal services organisation in South Africa) where she shadowed several professionals and gained exposure to the legal industry… Read More

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Theo Du Preez

Patent Consultant

Theo Du Preez

Patent Consultant

Theo is a practicing attorney of the High Court of South Africa and a Patent Attorney, registered under section 20 of the South African Patents Act No. 57 of 1978.

Theo qualified as a Chemical Engineer back in 1997 when he obtained a B.Eng. (Chem) degree at the North West University, whereafter he worked in the chemical industry for 8 years before he obtained a Bachelor of Laws degree at UNISA and qualified as a Patent Attorney.

Theo is an accomplished patent attorney with more than 12 years Intellectual Property Law experience and a sound technical background which facilitates dealing and understanding complex technical inventions, often invented by engineers and researchers.

Theo’s current practice is a full-service patent, registered design, trade mark, copyright, and unfair competition rights practice and encompasses various aspects of intellectual property law including conducting patent subject matter, freedom to operate, proprietor and equivalent searches; drafting, preparing and filing of South African and foreign patent and design applications with specific focus on chemical and process related patents; drafting of legal opinions on patent, registered design, copyright, and unfair competition rights; advising on intellectual property contractual aspects when due diligences are conducted during mergers and acquisitions; and litigating where there is infringement of rights or where invalidation of rights is required.

Because of Theo’s engineering industry experience, he has recently drafted and prosecuted a number patent specifications relating to metallurgical and mechanical inventions… Read More

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