Victor has mechanical engineering and law degrees, is an admitted attorney and registered patent attorney. He is a past president of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law. Victor moved to Hahn & Hahn from Adams & Adams and is the head of our Trade Marks department. He is also involved in litigation and valuations in all areas of intellectual property. Victor is a senior adjudicator of the Institutes’ alternate dispute resolution provider for settling domain name disputes. Lastly, Victor serves as a moderator, lecturer and examiner for the Patent Examination Board and is the Financial Director of Hahn & Hahn.
Janusz’s qualifications include a B.Eng (Chemical) and a B.Proc. He is an admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa, a patent attorney and a registered professional engineer. Janusz is also a member of several professional, industrial and legal societies. Janusz moved from Adams & Adams to join Hahn & Hahn in 1997. Before joining the profession, Janusz worked in the chemical, food and beverage, and pharmaceutical industries for a number of years. Janusz’s current activities include both intellectual property focussing on the drafting, prosecution and litigation of patents, and regulatory compliance focussing of food and consumer products. Janusz is a senior adjudicator of the Institute of Intellectual Property Law’s alternate dispute resolution provider for settling domain name disputes. Janusz’s technical fields of specialization include petrochemical engineering, food and beverage science and engineering, pharmaceuticals, agro chemicals, catalysis, IT and business method related patents while also handling mechanical and electrical patent applications.
Clyde holds degrees in electronic engineering and law and is a qualified attorney and patent attorney. He moved from Adams & Adams to join Hahn & Hahn in 2000. Clyde has been involved in patent and design searching, providing opinions on novelty and infringement of patents and designs and drafting and prosecuting local and foreign patent and design applications since the beginning of 1997. Clyde has been in charge of the Africa patent and design department at Hahn & Hahn (dealing with all patent and design matters throughout the rest of the African continent) since 2002. Clyde also runs the Galloway & Co ARIPO practice.
Pieter holds B.Sc., B.Sc.(Hons), M.Sc. degrees in chemistry and an LLB degree. He is a qualified attorney and patent attorney. He moved from Adams & Adams to join Hahn & Hahn in 2001. Pieter deals with all aspects of intellectual property law and is involved in patent litigation, the drafting and prosecution of local and foreign patent applications. Pieter also handles commercial aspects regarding intellectual property such as licensing agreements and is a past president of the South African Chapter of The Licensing Executives Society.
Youngmi graduated with a B.Sc (Biology) and an M.Sc (Microbiology) in the Republic of Korea. Later, Youngmi qualified as a Korean patent attorney and practised for 13 years at three of the largest patent and law offices in Korea before moving to Hahn & Hahn in South Africa in 1999. Youngmi has extensive international patent litigation experience in the chemical, pharmaceutical and biotechnology fields, and also specialises in the filing and prosecution of patent applications worldwide. Youngmi also represents multinational companies for trademark enforcement in various African countries including Senegal, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Mali, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Tanzania, Kenya, Zambia, Namibia and Botswana.
Vanessa holds B.Comm and LLB degrees; the final semester of the latter degree was completed at the University of Leiden, Netherlands. She also holds diplomas in Corporate Law and Drafting and Interpretation of Contracts. Vanessa moved from Adams & Adams to join Hahn & Hahn in 2002. Vanessa is a Trade Mark Practitioner and is primarily involved with Trade Mark litigation, Copyright and Internet matters. She is a qualified Notary and also an accredited Assessor and Mediator.
Claudia joined Hahn & Hahn at the beginning of 1999 after completing a degree in chemical engineering at the University of Pretoria and is a qualified attorney and patent attorney. Claudia’s current activities include drafting and prosecuting local and foreign patent applications, as well as filing and prosecuting PCT national phase patent applications in South Africa. Claudia heads our local Paris Convention patent filing department as well as our local Design filing department and our Plant Breeders’ Rights filing department. She is fluent in English, Afrikaans and German and is a member of FICPI.
Madelein Kleyn – Consultant
Madelein holds B. Sc Eng (Chemical), B.Proc, LLB, LLM (tax); PhD (Intellectual Property). She is an admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa and a patent attorney. Madelein completed her IP training at the firm Adams & Adams. Before joining the profession, she worked as a chemical Engineer in the pyrometallurgical industry for Mintek, and joined Sasol Limited in the petrochemical industry where she worked both as Chemical Engineer and later on started the Intellectual Property department of the Sasol Group. She is a member of SARIMA, INTA, SAIIPL, ACS and LES (President). She has more than 27 years experience in commercial and corporate IP and assists Hahn & Hahn in an advisory capacity focussing on international patent prosecution, IP due diligence in support of merger and acquisition transactions, commercial technology related contracts, reserve bank approvals for offshore intellectual property placement and IP strategy and policy development and implementation.
Michiel holds B.Pharm, M.Sc Pharm and LLB degrees. He is an admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa, a registered patent attorney and a registered pharmacist. Before joining Hahn and Hahn in 2012, Michiel worked as a Research and Development pharmacist for a large multi-national pharmaceutical company where he gained experience in oral dosage formulation and pharmaceutical process design. Michiel specialises in all aspects of intellectual property law and is particularly involved in patent litigation, and the drafting and prosecution of patent applications in foreign jurisdictions.
Rachel joined Hahn & Hahn in June 1990 and holds a BA (H.E.D.) as well as LLB. Rachel heads up our local patent department and is involved in all aspects of patent administration, including renewals. She is fluent in English, Tswana, Zulu and Afrikaans and is currently enrolled to write the first year exams offered by the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law.
Marina is fluent in German, English, French and Afrikaans and was admitted to the High Court of South Africa in September 1996 as a sworn translator for English/German, German/English, French/English and English/French. Marina joined Hahn & Hahn. in 1989 as a technical translator and provides translation services to both local and international clients.
Elke Harck is the Patent Administration Manager for Hahn & Hahn, which position Elke has held for 30 years, dealing mostly with foreign filings, designs and local patent administration. Elke lived in Germany and the USA before coming to South Africa and is fluent in both German and English.
Dorothy joined Hahn & Hahn in 2002 and holds the position of Local Trade Marks Manager. In particular, Dorothy oversees trade mark filings, searches and prosecution in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland.
Taryn joined Hahn & Hahn in 2005 and holds the position of Foreign Trade Marks Manager. In particular, Taryn oversees African and International trade mark filings, searches and prosecution.
Yolande joined Hahn & Hahn in 2016 and holds the position of Patent Paralegal in our Patent Department. In particular, Yolande is primarily involved in Litigation and in all aspects of patent administration.
Dirk joined Hahn & Hahn during 2011 and currently holds the position of Accounts Manager. He obtained diplomas in Accounting and Project Management and has 26 years experience in the financial sphere
Aileen joined Hahn & Hahn in 2013. She holds an LLB degree and is currently a student member of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law. She is primarily involved with trade mark filings, searches and prosecution in South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland.
Keenan-Jay Barnard – Technical Assistant
Keenan-Jay joined Hahn & Hahn in 2016 after obtaining a degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Pretoria. He is currently completing an LLB degree and his patent examinations. Keenan-Jay deals primarily with the drafting of patent specifications as well as filing and prosecution of patent applications in South Africa and abroad. Keenan-Jay is a student member of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law.
Udisha Chathuri – Technical Assistant
Udisha is currently finalising her Ph.D in the Department of Molecular and Cell biology focusing on “omics”. Through years of research, Udisha has gained additional skills in large data set analysis and data mining. Udisha drafts and prosecutes biotechnology related patent applications for select clients.
Alan J.S. Dunlop
Alan holds mechanical engineering and law degrees. He is a registered professional engineer, a registered patent lawyer in South Africa, Canada and Malawi, and was the President of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law.
Alan’s current activities encompass all aspects of intellectual property, from drafting patent specifications and design applications to copyright, trade mark and unlawful competition advice and licensing contracts. A major part of his practice is conducting patent litigation in the Patent Court and on appeal in the Supreme Court of Appeal. His special interest is design law, he is the Reporter on the FICPI CET2 committee, Chairs the S.A. Design Law committee, and was a national Council member of Design South Africa. Alan is chairman of the Judges Panel of the annual Design Prototype Awards of the Design institute of the SABS and SAIIPL. Alan is the author of numerous papers on intellectual property law and related topics, worked in the Statutory Advisory Committee in drafting amendments to the Copyright Act, the Designs Act and was chairman of the drafting committee of the Petty Patents Act. Alan has worked in the steel industry, gaining valuable experience relating to steel manufacturing technologies and general engineering and computer technology.
* Alan Dunlop has retired from practice but is still of Counsel from time to time. Please contact Hahn & Hahn on our central e-mail for any enquiries.