Spoor and Fisher Team - Merlene Engelbrecht

Merlene Engelbrecht

Senior Associate,  Spoor & Fisher, Cape Town

Merlene Engelbrecht is a Trade Mark Practitioner and has a BA (Value & Policy Studies) from Stellenbosch University and an LLB from UNISA. Merlene is an Attorney of the High Court of South Africa.

Merlene focuses on trade mark prosecution and enforcement, copyright law and conducting intellectual property due diligence investigations for commercial transactions.

Industry Associations

  • Fellow – South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL)
  • Member – Legal Practice Council (LPC)
  • Member – INTA Brands and Innovation Committee (2024/2025)

Professional Activities

  • Article, ‘Trade mark infringements are tricky’: Business Day, 2019
  • Article, ‘UKIPO puts a cork in it’: Without Prejudice, 2020
  • Article, ‘The IP laws of the metaverse and beyond’: IT-online, 2022
  • Article, ‘Important things that advertising and marketing professionals need to know about copyright’: The Media Online, 2022
  • Article, ‘Bye-bye Twitter Birdie – gone but still under trade mark’: Bizcommunity.com, 2023
  • Guest speaker at the South African Medical Research Council’s World IP Day event on the topic “Internal Big Data”, 2021
  • Guest lecturer IP short course, Ambush Marketing: Stellenbosch University, 2023