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About me

  • An experienced intellectual property advisor with over 20 years’ experience gained in local and international law firms as well as in-house. Former partner of international firm FieldFisher LLP in London.
  • Especially interested in IP management (primarily brands), prosecution, commercialisation and enforcement in Africa but worked for a decade in London, focusing on Europe
  • Lead counsel for the BSA The Software Alliance in South Africa
  • An editorial board member of Oxford University Press: Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice
  • Editor and founder of the Afro-IP weblog. He tweets from @DarrenTOlivier
  • Recognised by Who’s Who Legal, Chambers Global, World Trademark 1000, Legal 500, South African Institute of IP Law, Managing Intellectual Property and IAM 300
  • Former Trustee of the CEO SleepOut Trust, a change agent in South Africa responsible for raising the most amount of money ever on a single night for good causes
  • The first African to be recognised in IAM’s Guide to the World’s leading IP Strategists
  • Chair of the firm’s IP Commercialisation team
  • Co-founder of 4 kids

Trade Marks

  • Technology, internet, and social media law including takedowns
  • Exchange control applications
  • Intermediary liability
  • Searches, Filing & Prosecution
  • Commercialisation
  • Enforcement
  • Franchising
  • Piracy & Counterfeiting
  • Ambush Marketing
  • Advertising Law Services

Patents

  • Commercialisation

Copyright

  • Commercialisation
  • Enforcement

Designs

  • Commercialisation

Academic Record

  • LLB – Natal University | 1994
  • BCom – Natal University | 1992

Qualifications

  • Admitted Attorney | 1997
  • Qualified Trade Mark Practitioner | 1997
  • Qualified Solicitor (England & Wales)
  • Qualified European Trade Mark Attorney

Credentials

  • Legal Practice Council (LPC) – Member
  • International Trade Marks Association (INTA) – Member
  • Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA) – Member
  • South African Institute of Directors (IODSA) – Member

Accolades (rankings from 2016 only listed)

  • AFRO-IP (African Intellectual Property Community) – Co-founder
  • Frequent speaker and writer on IP issues
  • Best Lawyers®: Lawyer of the Year – Intellectual Property Law: Johannesburg | 2021
  • Best Lawyers®: Intellectual Property Law – South Africa | 2019 – 2022
  • Chambers Global: Ranked Lawyer | 2016 – 2022
  • Finance Monthly – Lawyer of the Year: Sports and Entertainment South Africa | 2018
  • Finance Monthly – Lawyer of the Year: Copyright South Africa | 2017
  • Lawyer Monthly Legal Awards Winners – Outright Winner in the category of Sport and Entertainment –
  • Lawyer of the Year – South Africa | 2017 – 2018
  • Legal 500 – Elite Leading Individuals: Intellectual Property | 2019 – 2022
  • Legal 500 – Recommended Lawyers: Intellectual Property | 2021 – 2022
  • Legal 500 – Recommended IP Practitioner | 2018 – 2019
  • Legal 500 – Key Lawyer: Intellectual Property | 2022
  • MIP – IP Stars: Trade Marks | 2017 – 2022
  • Who’s Who Legal Ranking: Sports & Entertainment | 2015 – 2019
  • Who’s Who Legal Ranking: Trademarks | 2017 – 2019, 2021 – 2022
  • Who’s Who Legal Ranking: Copyright | 2016
  • WIPR – Leaders: Trademarks | 2018 – 2022
  • WTR Global Leaders – Private Practice | 2020
  • WTR 1000 – Individuals: Prosecution and Strategy | 2018 – 2022
  • WTR 1000 – Individuals: Enforcement & Litigation (Gold) | 2018 – 2022
  • WTR 1000 – Individuals: Transactions | 2018 – 2019, 2022
  • WTR 1000 – Leading Trade Mark Professionals (Gold) | 2018 – 2019
  • Some of his more interesting cases include litigating the first keyword case in Africa, filing the first International Registration by a South African firm, assisting the Bavaria Babes during World Cup 2010 on ambush marketing claims brought by FIFA, advising the Zulu nation on rights management, setting up IP outsourcing models for global rebrands, managing rights of the late Steve Biko, Thami Nkasa and Sanm Nzima. Selected to represent the Olympic Movement brand management program for Africa.
  • Corporate Vision Magazine Corporate Excellence Awards – Leading Trade Mark Litigation Specialist: South Africa | 2020

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