Pieter is a registered patent attorney. His practice is focused on the drafting of patent specifications and the prosecution of patent applications both locally and abroad. In this respect, Pieter has had extensive exposure to the prosecution practices of the patent offices of most major foreign jurisdictions, including the United States Patent Office, the European Patent Office, the Chinese Patent Office, the Japanese Patent Office, the Australian Patent Office, etc.
Technical fields in which Pieter has drafted and prosecuted patent applications include, among others, those of nuclear energy, radiochemistry, radiopharmaceuticals, petrochemicals, refrigeration technology, organic chemistry, applied polymer chemistry, mining technology (with a focus on mining methods and mining explosives), food technology, renewable energy, water purification, chemical water treatment, medicines and medical treatments, nanomaterials, and beer brewing.
Pieter also has extensive experience in performing intellectual property due diligence investigations for capital investments, both in respect of start-ups and established companies.
In addition to a law degree from the University of South Africa, Pieter holds a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Stellenbosch.