Vishen Pillay

Vishen  Pillay

Vishen Pillay


Patent Attorney


  • Specialisation



  • Bio

    Vishen Pillay is a partner in the patent department. He has a background in electronic engineering (UKZN) and is an admitted attorney and patent attorney.

    Vishen has 14 years of experience in IP and is a specialist patent attorney having extensive experience in the fields of electronics, computers, software, telecommunications, mechanical engineering, electro-mechanical engineering, quantum communication, quantum computing, artificial intelligence, and bio-medical engineering. In particular, he deals with all matters relating to filing and prosecution of patent and design applications in South Africa and abroad, as well as IP strategy.

    Vishen has drafted and successfully prosecuted patent and design applications on behalf of many South African Universities, Science Councils, US Fortune 500, and South African Top 100 companies.

    In 2016, Vishen was hand-picked by the Department of Science and Technology to serve on the Advisory Board of the National Intellectual Property Management Office (NIPMO).

    In addition to being one of partners serving on the management committee of Adams & Adams, Vishen is also the co-chair of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Africa sub-committee.

  • Academic

    • BSc Eng (Electronics) – University of Kwazulu-Natal | 2004
    • LLB – University of South Africa | 2008

  • Qualifications

    • Admitted Attorney | 2009
    • Registered Patent Attorney | 2009

  • Credentials

    • The Legal Practice Council (LPC) – Member
    • South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL) – Member
    • International Association for the Protection of Industrial Property AIPPI – Member
    • American Intellectual Property Law Association:  Co-chair of the Africa Committee
    • IFLR – Patent Expert Guide | 2019