Celebrating Excellence: Recognised with Gold Award by the IAM Patent 1000 Guide

Spoor & Fisher has achieved the accolade of Gold Band Firm in the 2023 edition of the IAM Patent 1000 Guide. This recognition further solidifies our position as one of the leading intellectual property (IP) firms in South Africa, and we are genuinely honoured to receive this accolade.

IAM Patent 1000 Guide holds a distinguished reputation as a definitive resource for those seeking top-tier legal patent expertise. Being acknowledged by this esteemed publication is a testament to our unwavering dedication to delivering excellence in the field of patent practice. At Spoor & Fisher, we take immense pride in surpassing expectations and setting new standards within the industry.

Our team comprises a group of highly skilled IP professionals, each with their own area of specialisation.

Leading our patent department is Dirk Hanekom, a professional whose expertise effortlessly crafts robust and valuable patent applications. With a keen understanding of our clients’ needs, Dirk’s work consistently adds significant value to their patent portfolios. His diverse clientele spans across numerous sectors, and he has recently represented notable organizations such as Rubber Nano Products and Nelson Mandela University.

Tyron Grant and David Cochrane, both respected members of our firm, possess extensive knowledge of patent case law within the life sciences industry. Tyron Grant is widely recognised as an outstanding lawyer, combining his expertise with a genuine and personable approach that truly cares for his clients. David Cochrane excels in preparing and prosecuting impeccable patent applications, focusing particularly on guiding clients in the pharmaceutical sector to achieve their IP goals.

Mark Kemp, a trusted advisor to pharmaceutical and nutraceutical companies, provides invaluable guidance on effectively launching products to new markets using robust IP strategies. Mark’s expertise extends to international patent prosecution, ensuring our clients’ intellectual property is protected globally.

New to the guide this year, Chyreene Truluck is recognised for her A-to-Z knowledge of patent law in relation to the biotechnology and life sciences industries. Chyreene brings a wealth of expertise and insight. Her proactive and diligent approach to work has garnered appreciation from clients.

Lance Abramson, an attorney with over two decades of experience, stands out as an expert in the fields of electrical, software, and nanotechnology. Lance’s international experience in preparing and prosecuting patent and design applications is highly sought after by our discerning clientele.

Lodewyk Cilliers, a highly skilled attorney, demonstrates his capabilities in mechanical, civil, and general engineering. Clients appreciate Lodewyk’s creativity, responsiveness, and unwavering commitment to delivering patent work of the highest quality.

Jonathan Whittaker, with nearly three decades dedicated to IP litigation and opinion work, represents our clients across a broad range of industries. Jonathan’s expertise and high-powered advocacy have proven invaluable in successfully resolving complex IP disputes.

Dina Biagio and John McKnight, experts in commercial transactions related to intellectual property, consistently secure the best deals for our clients. Dina’s expertise in the exhaustion of IP rights and John’s specialisation in licensing and technology transfer agreements within the biochemical industry ensure our clients’ interests are protected and maximized.

We extend our sincere gratitude to our clients for acknowledging our firm’s excellence in patent practice. This recognition motivates us to continuously strive for excellence in delivering exceptional legal patent expertise, ensuring their intellectual property remains protected and valued in an ever-evolving world.