When the future becomes the present,

When the future becomes the present,

we’re there to protect it.

As expansive as your vision,

As expansive as your vision,

is our commitment to protect it.

Bridging the gap between what is and what could be?

Bridging the gap between what is and what could be?

You want an IP team that’s done it before.

As big as your dream,

As big as your dream,

is our commitment to protect it.

Why Spoor & Fisher?

We’ve been in Africa for 100 years, where brand owners rely on us as their regional hub; their safe pair of hands. With an established network and local relationships in all 59 countries and surrounding islands, we know how to handle the intricacies and anomalies involved in registering and enforcing IP in every African country. We provide the same services across the Caribbean, a region with a developing IP landscape. We’re known for combining our technical expertise with legal knowledge and high levels of responsiveness together with a practical approach.

Find the Solution You Need

At Spoor & Fisher we use the power of our intellectual property expertise blended with authentic business insight, to help you to protect, manage and enforce valuable IP rights.

Patents, trade marks & designs protected

+/- 410000

Awards & accolades won in the last decade

58 +

Attorneys & staff

380 +

Jonathan Whittaker is the Pretoria-based chair of the firm. He has a particularly well-established reputation for his patent work, with his extensive litigation experience being complemented by his advisory practice. He acts for clients in a range of areas including the mining and manufacturing sectors. – Chambers and Partners, 2021

Hugh Moubray is one of the field’s most notable and most well-respected practitioners. He has amassed a wealth of IP litigation experience in his career, and remains one of the most sought-out choices of counsel for opposition and infringement cases. He heads the firm’s patent litigation practice. – Chambers and Partners, 2021

Herman Blignaut is a skilled attorney who is regularly engaged on trade mark and copyright litigation and opposition. Clients commend him for being “very good with trade mark opposition and searches,” while other market commentators note his work on major mandates in the market. – Chambers and Partners, 2021

Eben Van Wyk services a roster of notable clients in the sports, consumer goods and retail industries. He is instructed for his counsel on trade mark opposition and infringement disputes, as well as trade mark filings and domain name registration. – Chambers and Partners, 2021

Commentators laud Charles Webster as “one of the best IP attorneys in the country,” as well as an “expert and specialist litigator.” He is an accomplished trade mark and copyright litigation counsel with further experience of issues relating to competition law. – Chambers and Partners, 2021

Carl Van Rooyen is a longstanding fixture in the market, with a well-established reputation for his contentious IP representation. His practice focuses on both trade mark and copyright disputes, as well as unlawful competition. – Chambers and Partners, 2021

Other interviewees praise the group as “fantastic,” while another asserted that it provides “good assistance and turnaround times,” concluding: “If we need quick support they are there.” – Chambers and Partners, 2021

A client reported that the firm provides “excellent service,” adding: “They know our portfolio extremely well and have it all memorised. The service is always on time and they are always giving extra help.” – Chambers and Partners, 2021

Demonstrates proficiency acting for clients in areas including trade mark and patent prosecution and enforcement, acting for both plaintiffs and defendants, with comprehensive accompanying registration and renewal capabilities. Additionally noted for its expertise in anti-counterfeiting. – Chambers and Partners, 2021

Well regarded for its ability to service its prestigious client base in South Africa and throughout the continent, with clients derived from industry sectors such as healthcare, consumer goods and financial services. – Chambers and Partners, 2021

Distinguished practice with renowned proficiency across a heterogeneous variety of IP-related commercial concerns. – Chambers and Partners, 2021

Kay Rickelman, the “godmother of trademark law in Africa”, whose approach demonstrates “an understanding of business concerns, while also being able to dip into her arsenal of skills to clear prosecution hurdles and win disputes.” – WTR1000, 2021

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