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About elaine

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

She is an Admitted Attorney of the High Court of South Africa, a qualified Electronics Engineer and a Registered South African Patent Attorney, with over 15 years of experience in the industry. 

Elaine has consistently been included on the IAM Strategy 300 list of the Top 300 Intellectual Strategists internationally and has made the list in 2017, 2018, 2019 and again in 2021. She is the only Legal Practitioner from Africa to ever have been included on this list. 

She has also been consistently ranked as one of the IAM Top 1000 Patent Attorneys globally. 

Elaine was shortlisted for the Female Managing Partner of the Year by Law Digest Africa in 2018. She was also the winner of the South African Business Women’s Association (BWA) Regional Achiever in the Professional category in 2019.

Elaine has in the past been included on the Mail & Guardian List of Top 200 Young People and has been listed as one of the most Influential Young South Africans by Avance Media. 

She is widely regarded as an expert on intellectual property law in South Africa and regularly conducts interviews on radio and TV as well as hosting and presenting on the topic at local and international conferences. 

Finally, Elaine sits on the Designs Committee of the International Trademark Association (INTA), which is based in New York, NY. 

  • B.Engineering (Electronics) – Univ. of Pretoria, South Africa
  • Bachelor of Laws (LL B)- University of South Africa
  • Post-Graduate Certificate in Intellectual Property Law – Queen Mary, University of London, UK
  • Admitted Attorney of the High Court of South Africa
  • Registered South African Patent Attorney
  • Law Society of the Cape – Member
  • South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL) – Fellow
  • Federation Internationale des Conseils en Propriete Intellectuele (FICPI) – Member
  • International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI) – Member
  • International Trademark Association (INTA) –  Member
  • IAM Patent 1000 – Top 1000 patent attorney globally
  • IAM Strategy 300 – Top 300 Intellectual Strategists internationally
  • Law Digest Africa – Female Managing Partner of the Year
  • South African Business Women’s Association (BWA) – Regional Achiever in the Professional category.
  • Mail & Guardian – List of Top 200 Young People
  • Avance Media – Most Influential Young South Africans