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About Elaine

About Elaine

“If they like you they will listen to you, if they trust you they will do business with you” – Zig Ziglar

Contact Elaine:

Telephone: +27 (0) 21 100 4545
Email: elaine@debeerattorneys.com

About Elaine

Elaine Bergenthuin is a Managing Director at 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, who specialize in obtaining patent protection for software, business methods and related technologies. Here she was instrumental in securing patent protection for the technology developments of large multi-national companies such as Samsung Technologies, Hewlett Packard and Good Technology (patent portfolio sold to Apple Inc.). During this time she also assisted in securing a US$68 million win for Good Technology in the European leg of its multi-national patent litigation dispute with Research in Motion (makers of the Blackberry).

She has also acted on behalf of industry leaders in the ICT and telecommunication sectors in South Africa with regard to their intellectual property requirements including successfully representing clients in patent and trademark related matters before the High Court of South Africa.

Elaine also has a detailed commercial acumen having applied her skills in the commercial sphere as an in-house legal advisor for a large multi-national company for a number of years. Elaine therefore has the unique ability to combine her in-depth, international skills and experience in  intellectual property to the commercial considerations of local companies.

Academic Qualifications

  • B.Eng (Electronics) – University of Pretoria
  • LL B – University of South Africa
  • Post-Graduate Certificate in Intellectual Property Law, – Queen Mary University of London


  • Attorney of the High Court of South Africa
  • Registered South African Patent Attorney

Professional Memberships

  • Law Society of the Northern Provinces
  • Fellow, South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law
  • Federation Internationale des Conseils en Propriete Intellectuele (FICPI)


  • One of the Top 1000 patent attorneys internationally,  IAM Intellectual Asset Management
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