Thapelo MontongSenior Associate | Patent Attorney

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Areas of Specialisation

Patents

  • Drafting, Filing & Prosecution
  • Enforcement

Designs

  • Drafting, Filing & Prosecution
  • Enforcement

Thapelo is an admitted attorney as well as a registered patent attorney in the Johannesburg office of Adams & Adams. He has a BSc Eng (Metallurgy & Materials Engineering) degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, and an LLB from UNISA.

Thapelo routinely drafts, files and prosecutes local and international patent applications relating to computer-implemented, mechanical, electro-mechanical, and metallurgical inventions, as well as industrial designs.

Thapelo also handles novelty and infringement searches, provides validity and freedom to operate opinions, and advises clients in all aspects of patent and design law. Thapelo has experience in a wide range of technical fields, including metallurgical engineering, material science, and chemistry.

Prior to joining Adams & Adams, Thapelo worked in an Engineering Design firm where he was involved in designing coal, chrome, and gold metallurgical plants; he also worked in a railway company where he was involved in developing techniques for welding of ferrous and non-ferrous metals, metallurgical analysis of train components, and failure investigations of derailed trains; and he also spent some time in a synthetic diamonds research institution where he was involved in using mechanical alloying techniques to devise synthetic diamond based cutters.

Academic Record

  • LLB – University of South Africa | 2017
  • BSc Engineering (Metallurgy & Materials) – University of the Witwatersrand | 2011

Qualifications

  • Registered Patent Attorney | 2018
  • Admitted Attorney of the High Court of South Africa | 2017
  • Qualified Patent Practitioner | 2017

Credentials

  • Golden Key International Honour Society – Member
  • Legal Practice Council (LPC) – Member
  • Licencing Executives Society (LES) – Member
  • South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL) – Fellow
  • Southern African Research & Innovation Management Association (SARIMA) – Member

contact details

2nd Floor, 34 Fredman Drive, Sandton, South Africa

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