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Danie Dohmen

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Danie Dohmen is a partner at Adams & Adams in the patent litigation section. He specialises in patent, design, plant breeder’s rights and intellectual property agreement litigation, commercialisation and opinion work. Danie has for a number of consecutive years been ranked in tier 1 for patent litigation in South Africa.

Danie holds a BSc degree in physics and chemistry and an LLB degree. He is admitted and registered as an attorney of the South African High Court, a patent attorney and a notary public.

Danie is a director of the Licensing Executives Society of South Africa, a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association and a fellow of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law, where he sits as chairperson of its Patent and Design Law Committee. He is further a lecturer and examiner for the Patent Examination Board of South Africa.

Danie represents multinational and national clients in a diversity of fields, including pharmaceutical, agriculture, agro chemical, mining, manufacturing, transport, security and safety. Danie further acts in multi-jurisdictional patent and design litigation in several African countries.

Danie has litigated a number of cases to the South African Court of Appeal and the Constitutional Court.  Many of his matters are reported and are considered leading patent law cases. Danie has represented parties in cases which set the current South African law on issues of inventiveness, clarity, interim interdicts in patent infringements, contributory patent infringement, the role of public interest in interim interdicts on patents for life saving drugs, evidentiary requirements to prove patent infringement and requirements for divisional patent applications.

Danie also plays an active role in IP policy issues on a national and international level and has represented national and foreign manufacturing groups in both national and international meetings, workshops and seminars on IP policy.

Some of Danie’s past recognitions include:
2011 iam250 The world’s leading patent litigators: South Africa, Tier 1
2011 – 2018 Chambers Global Guide Legal Rankings: South Africa, IP: Patents
2012 Managing Intellectual Property, 19th Edition: South Africa, Tier 1
2012 – 2017 iam1000 The world’s leading patent professionals: South Africa, Gold Tier
2014 – 2018 Who’s Who Legal: Patents
2015 – 2017 Expert Guides Patents
2015 – 2018 MIP IP All Stars
2017 – 2018 Best Lawyers – South Africa – Intellectual Property Law

2017 WIRP – Listed in Trade Mark & Patent Directory




WIPR |Trade Mark & Patent Directory –|2017, 2018

Chambers Global|Patents | 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

Who's Who Legal | Patents | 2016, 2017; 2018

IAM Patents 1000 | Patents | 2016, 2017, 2018

MIP IP Stars |Patents |2016, 2017, 2018

Best Lawyer| Intellectual property Law - South Africa | 2018

Legal Practice Council – Member
SA Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL) – Fellow


  • Attorney of the High Court of South Africa (TPD) | 1998
  • South African Patent Attorney | 2002
  • Notary of the High Court of South Africa (TPD) | 2004
  • Best Lawyers: Intellectual Property Law – South Africa | 2018

South Africa

Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

Adams & Adams¬†operates a considerable IP practice and leads the market in South Africa and across the continent. The firm advises some 240 of Fortune 500 companies and has experienced growth in engagements from software companies. It represented Novartis in opposing the registration of the trade mark Curida in class 5 by Cipla Medpro. The team is 'extremely responsive and cost effective', is 'excellent in working with the various countries in this region' and has 'the premier IP practice in South Africa' according to a client.¬† Russell Bagnall¬†is a market leader in patent litigation, as are¬†Danie Dohmen¬†and¬†Alexis Apostolidis.¬†¬†G√©rard du Plessis¬†is recommended for trade mark litigation, while Simon Brown, who provides 'an outstanding service', and¬†Samantha Copeling, who is 'kind and knowledgeable', are noted for trade mark prosecution. Mari√ętte Du Plessis¬†¬† is 'direct, strategic and patient' and Kelly Thompson¬†and Darren Olivier¬†are also recommended.

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