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About me

Godfrey Budeli is a partner in the firm’s trade mark and copyright litigation section, and head of the anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy team. He holds an LLB degree from the University of Pretoria and an LLM degree from the University of Cape Town. His area of speciality includes Customs Recordals and training of law enforcement officials, border and in-market enforcement, in-market survey and in-depth investigations, parallel or grey goods and online enforcement, civil High Court litigation and supporting criminal prosecution, watching brief relating to criminal cases in relation to anti-counterfeiting on the African continent.

He served on the firm’s Management Committee as the diversity representative for four years.

Trade Marks

  • Enforcement
  • Piracy & Counterfeiting

Copyright

  • Enforcement

Academic Record

  • LLM (Commercial Law) – University of Cape Town | 2003
  • LLB – University of Pretoria | 2002

Qualifications

  • Admitted Attorney | 2006
  • Registered Trade Mark Attorney

Memberships

  • American Chamber of Commerce in South Africa – Honorary Member
  • Legal Practice Council (LPC) – Member
  • International Trademark Association (INTA) – Member and part of Anti-Counterfeiting Committee | 2020 – 2021
  • Pretoria Attorney Association (PAA) – Member
  • South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL) – Fellow
  • SAIIPL: Anti-Counterfeit Committee Member

Accolades

  • AI Global Leading Advisor Awards – Leading Trade Mark and Anti-Counterfeiting Lawyer of the Year: South Africa – 2020
  • Ranked “Recommended IP Practitioner” The Legal 500 | 2018
  • Ranked “Recommended Lawyer: Intellectual Property” The Legal 500 | 2021 – 2024
  • WTR 1000 – Ranked “Recommended” in Anti-Counterfeiting | 2018 – 2024
  • WIPR – Leaders: Trade Marks | 2022 – 2023
  • WIPR – Diversity Champion | 2022
  • Best Lawyers® – Intellectual Property Law: South Africa | 2023 – 2024

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