Ms Dina Biagio > Spoor & Fisher > Pretoria, South Africa > Lawyer Profile

Spoor & Fisher
South Africa

Work Department

Patents commercial


Dina is a patent attorney and partner at Spoor & Fisher. She specialises in commercial transactions relating to intellectual property, including: licensing, manufacturing, supply and distribution, technology transfer and collaboration agreements, investment structuring and related agreements, IP audits and due diligence, and the valuation of intellectual property. Dina also has experience in domestic and international patent and design matters, specifically: patent specification drafting and the prosecution of patent applications.


Dina started her career as an electro-optics engineer with De Beers Diamond Research Laboratory while completing her law degree, part time.  She commenced articles with Kisch IP in 1998 and was admitted as an attorney and registered as a patent attorney in 2002.  She joined Spoor & Fisher in 2007 and became a partner of the firm in 2009.

Professional activities

Author of the Commercial considerations for transactions involving intellectual property chapter of Dean & Dyer: Intellectual Property Law in South Africa, 2014.

Contributor to the Thomson Reuters IP Global Guide – South Africa, 2017.

Lecturer and examiner for the course “International Treaties and Conventions” for the South African Patent Examination Board 2015 – 2019

Author of Patents and Franchising, Getting the Deal Through

Director of the Licensing Executive Society of South Africa, 2013-2018

Regular speaker on the commercialisation of IP, particularly through licensing, leveraging IP value, and the implications of legislation on publicly-financed IP at public sector events


Market Recognition

Listed in IAM’s World’s Leading Patent Practitioners in 2012 – 2020.

Mentioned in IAM Licensing 250: The World’s Leading Patent and Technology Licensing Practitioners in 2011.

Listed in the Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars 2015 – 2021.

Recognised in Managing Intellectual Property as one of the Top 250 Women in IP 2017.

2020 DSI/SARIMA Award for Distinguished Contribution to Innovation Management.


English, Afrikaans  


Member of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL).

Member of the International Trademark Association (INTA).

Member of the Law Society of South Africa (LSSA).

Member of the Licensing Executive Society (LES) and a certified trainer for LES South Africa.

Member of the Southern African Research and Innovation Management Association (SARIMA).

Member of the Legal Practice Council (LPC)


BSc (Physics), BSc (Elec Eng), LLB. Patent Attorney, Attorney of the High Court of South Africa.

Lawyer Rankings

South Africa > Intellectual property

Spoor & Fisher specialises in intellectual property and has strong knowledge of trademarks, copyright and anti-counterfeiting. It is active across Africa, through local offices and trusted agents, allowing it to be involved in cross-border IP cases for high-profile clients. Mohamed Khader heads the sizable anti-counterfeiting team and the experienced Hugh Moubray leads the patent litigation department. Eben van Wyk and Megan Reimers are leading trademark attorneys and Dina Biagio is a key patent attorney. Carl van Rooyen and Charles Webster are other names to note on the trademark side.