Ms Ilse du Plessis > ENSafrica > Cape Town, South Africa > Lawyer Profile

ENSafrica
1 NORTH WHARF SQUARE
LOOP STREET, FORESHORE
CAPE TOWN
South Africa
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Work Department

Intellectual Property

Position

Director

Career

Ilse du Plessis is an Executive in ENSafrica’s Intellectual Property (“IP”) department. She specialises in trade marks, copyright, and other IP matters.

She has acted for local and international clients from various sectors, including automotive, communication, financial services, food and beverages, insurance, media, retail and sport.

Ilse’s experience includes all matters concerned with trade mark portfolio management, including trade mark searches, filings, maintenance and audits, with particular emphasis on foreign and African trade marks. She also specialises in transactional IP matters, including due diligence investigations, licensing and transfers, as well as plant breeders’ rights and copyright matters.

Ilse is recognised as a leading/recommended lawyer by:

  • The Legal 500 EMEA 2019, 2017, 2016 – Intellectual Property (South Africa)
  • Managing IP: IP Stars Handbooks 2019, 2016 – Trade marks (South Africa)
  • World Trade Mark Review 2019 – Prosecution and strategy (South Africa)

Ilse is a member of the following IP associations:

  • LES – Licensing Executives Society
  • INTA – International Trademarks Association – Publications Committee (2012 – 2014), Bulletin Committee (2011)
  • SAIIPL–South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law – associate member
  • PTMG – The Pharmaceutical Trade Marks Group

Memberships

Ilse is a member of the following IP associations: LES – Licensing Executives Society; INTA – International Trademarks Association – Publications Committee (2012 – 2014), Bulletin Committee (2011); SAIIPL – South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law – associate member

Education

BA (cum laude) (University of Stellenbosch) LLB (cum laude) (University of Stellenbosch) Admitted as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa.

Lawyer Rankings

South Africa > Intellectual property

ENSafrica has a full service IP offering, advising on an array of contentious and non-contentious matters from trademarks to patents and registered designs. The team is well known for its transactional and advisory services in commercial IP concerning assets, company structuring and tax, which dovetails with the firm’s growing presence in the pharmaceutical and life science sectors where it also offers pre-clearance searches. Gaelyn Scott heads the IP department, specialising in strategic brand and portfolio management. Ilse du Plessis jointly heads the trademark prosecution department with Rowan Forster and Waldo Steyn leads the commercial IP team. Joanne van Harmelen is an experienced patent attorney with a specific focus on biotechnology and life sciences.