Life Sciences, Chemistry, Pharmaceuticals and Agriculture

In today’s knowledge economy, protecting the rights inherent in life sciences innovations, particularly pharmaceuticals and agricultural inventions, is more critical than ever. 

The over-lapping of healthcare and agriculture with the chemical and life sciences disciplines requires both technical and legal expertise, in view of the importance of intellectual property (IP) rights and related commercial and regulatory matters.

In addition, these areas are critical to a knowledge-based society and serve as fundamental catalysts for economic development – especially in Africa, where there are no more important steps towards eradicating poverty than providing adequate nutrition and suppressing diseases.

At Spoor & Fisher, we serve as trusted advisors to many of the world’s largest pharmaceutical, biotechnology, agriculture, mining and chemical companies, applying our expertise to help clients overcome their IP challenges.

 

Our practitioners also strive to help SMMEs and the public sector to compete locally and globally.

We work across IP practice areas, to protect inventions and brands, develop portfolio management strategies, and represent clients in litigation and commercial transactions. We also assist our clients in regulatory matters, including advising on regulatory issues related to pharmaceuticals, complementary medicines, food and agricultural products. 

Spoor & Fisher’s chemical and life sciences patent attorneys are technically qualified with qualifications and experience spanning the breadth of agriculture, pharmaceuticals and related industries. 

We are highly skilled in chemistry, including small molecule chemistry, material sciences, petrochemistry, explosive technologies, mineral processing, metallurgy, chemical process engineering, electrochemistry, water treatment and food and beverage processing technologies, and we have extensive expertise in life sciences, including biochemistry, genetics and biotechnology.

Meet the team

Spoor and Fisher Team - Life Sciences, Chemistry, Pharmaceuticals and Agriculture

Tertia Beharie

Partner

Spoor and Fisher Team - Life Sciences, Chemistry, Pharmaceuticals and Agriculture

David Cochrane

Partner

Spoor and Fisher Team - Life Sciences, Chemistry, Pharmaceuticals and Agriculture

Matthew Costard

Director

Spoor and Fisher Team - Life Sciences, Chemistry, Pharmaceuticals and Agriculture

Tyron Grant

Partner

Spoor and Fisher Team - Life Sciences, Chemistry, Pharmaceuticals and Agriculture

Dirk Hanekom

Partner

Spoor and Fisher Team - Life Sciences, Chemistry, Pharmaceuticals and Agriculture

Craig Kahn

Partner

Spoor and Fisher Team - Life Sciences, Chemistry, Pharmaceuticals and Agriculture

Mark Kemp

Partner

Spoor and Fisher Team - Life Sciences, Chemistry, Pharmaceuticals and Agriculture

Margaret Le Galle

Director

Spoor and Fisher Team - Life Sciences, Chemistry, Pharmaceuticals and Agriculture

Shanaaz Mahomed

Partner

Spoor and Fisher Team - Life Sciences, Chemistry, Pharmaceuticals and Agriculture

Charl Potgieter

Partner

Spoor and Fisher Team - Life Sciences, Chemistry, Pharmaceuticals and Agriculture

Shamin Raghunandan

Partner

Spoor and Fisher Team - Life Sciences, Chemistry, Pharmaceuticals and Agriculture

Kay Rickelman

Foreign Counsel

Spoor and Fisher Team - Life Sciences, Chemistry, Pharmaceuticals and Agriculture

Linda Thilivhali

Partner

Spoor and Fisher Team - Life Sciences, Chemistry, Pharmaceuticals and Agriculture

Chyreene Truluck

Partner

Spoor and Fisher Team - Life Sciences, Chemistry, Pharmaceuticals and Agriculture

Jarred West

Partner

Spoor and Fisher Team - Life Sciences, Chemistry, Pharmaceuticals and Agriculture

Jonathan Whittaker

Partner, Chairperson of the Partnership

Spoor and Fisher Team - Life Sciences, Chemistry, Pharmaceuticals and Agriculture

Karien Postma

Senior Associate

Spoor and Fisher Team - Life Sciences, Chemistry, Pharmaceuticals and Agriculture

Yogani Reddy

Senior Associate

Spoor and Fisher Team - Life Sciences, Chemistry, Pharmaceuticals and Agriculture

Marco Vatta

Senior Associate

Spoor and Fisher Team - Life Sciences, Chemistry, Pharmaceuticals and Agriculture

Christopher Mhangwane

Associate

Spoor and Fisher Team - Life Sciences, Chemistry, Pharmaceuticals and Agriculture

Amani Patel

Associate

Spoor and Fisher Team - Life Sciences, Chemistry, Pharmaceuticals and Agriculture

Nola Pontes

Associate

Spoor and Fisher Team - Life Sciences, Chemistry, Pharmaceuticals and Agriculture

Chris Smith

Associate

Spoor and Fisher Team - Life Sciences, Chemistry, Pharmaceuticals and Agriculture

Russell Norton

Consultant

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