Dr. Charleen RupnarainSenior Associate | Patent Attorney

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Areas of Specialisation
  • Patents: Drafting, Filing & Prosecution

Charleen Rupnarain is a senior associate in the Patents Department at Adams & Adams. She holds a PhD in Cancer Genetics and an LLB degree. Charleen is an admitted attorney of the South African High Court and a qualified Patent Attorney.

Charleen specialises in Biotechnology and Life Science-related patent matters. She has a solid background in Intellectual Property Management in the public funding sector. In prosecution, her key South African clients include the University of Pretoria, the CSIR and the University of Kwazulu-Natal. Charleen is also active in prosecuting patent applications filed by international clients in Africa, particularly in the jurisdictions of ARIPO, Egypt, Morocco, Algeria, Botswana, Ghana and Kenya.

Charleen is a member of the Licensing Executives Society, a member of the South African Research and Innovation Management Association and a fellow of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law.

Academic Record

  • LLB – University of South Africa | 2014
  • PhD (Phil) – University of Witwatersrand | 2009
  • MSc (Cum Laude) – University of Witwatersrand | 2005
  • BSc Hons (Biological Science) – University of Natal | 2002


  • Registered Patent Attorney | 2016
  • Admitted Attorney of the Hight Court of South Africa | 2016



  • Licensing Executives Society (LES) – Member
  • South African Research and Innovation Management Association (SARIMA) – Member
  • South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL) – Fellow
  • Legal Practice Council (LPC) – Member


  • MIP – Rising IP Star: Patents | 2020, 2021

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