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Charleen Rupnarain

Senior Associate | Patent Attorney

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About me

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. Charleen is experienced in prosecuting patent applications in key international jurisdictions including across Africa.

She 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.

  • Patents: Drafting, Filing & Prosecution

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

Qualifications

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

Credentials

  • 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

Accolades

  • MIP – Rising IP Star: Patents | 2020 – 2021
  • WIPR – Trailblazer | 2022

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