Donvay Wegierski

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Director

Location: Stellenbosch

Tel: +27 21 809 6009

Fax: +27 11 535 8529

Email: dwegierski@werksmans.com

ABOUT

Donvay Wegierski leads the substantial foreign trade mark division within the firm’s Intellectual Property (IP) practice area. Donvay has 15 years’ experience managing a diverse range of clients in IP matters, including large FMCGs; banking and insurance; technology; wine and agriculture in over 80 countries worldwide. Her expertise includes trade mark portfolio management; trade mark searching filing and prosecution matters; trade mark oppositions and passing off matters; due diligence reports in IP commercial transactions; counterfeit goods; and domain names. She has advised extensively on NAFDAC in Nigeria, implications of Brexit, laws and nuances in China and trade mark formalities throughout Africa.

Donvay has fifteen years of experience advising on a diverse range of IP matters with clients such as large FMCG’s, banking and insurance, technology, wine and agriculture in over eighty countries worldwide. She has advised extensively on NAFDAC in Nigeria, implications of Brexit, laws and nuances in China and trade mark formalities throughout Africa.

  • Intellectual Property
  • Trade mark portfolio management 
  • Trade mark searching, filing and prosecution matters
  • Trade mark oppositions, infringement and passing off matters 
  • Due diligence reports in IP commercial transactions; all of the aforesaid with particular emphasis on foreign and African trade marks 
  • Counterfeit goods
  • Domain names 
  • Company and close corporation name objections; and
  • Intellectual property laws

 

Donvay has fifteen years of experience advising on a diverse range of IP matters with clients such as large FMCG’s, banking and insurance, technology, wine and agriculture in over eighty countries worldwide. She has advised extensively on NAFDAC in Nigeria, implications of Brexit, laws and nuances in China and trade mark formalities throughout Africa.

  • BSocSc LLB (University of KwaZulu-Natal)
  • 2006: Associate, Jan S. de Villiers
  • 2009: Senior Associate, Werksmans
  • 2010: Director, Werksmans

 

  • Named as an IP Star by Managing Intellectual Property for 2020
  • Ranked in the 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 World Trademark review 1000 publications
  • Named as a recommended lawyer in Intellectual Property by The Legal 500 (2016)
  • Chambers Global Ranking 2017, 2019 and 2020
  • Named in the World Trademark Review's 2014 rankings as a leading trademark professional > SAIIPL - Member of South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law
  • INTA – Member of the International Trade Marks Association
  • Donvay Wegierski is praised by sources as an "excellent trade mark practitioner," with one adding that "she's great, very responsive, and she understands how US clients work." 
  • Acts for Capitec Bank which includes the maintenance and protection of its trade mark portfolio internationally; domain name management and disputes before the World Intellectual Property Organisation;
  • Acts for Monster Beverage Company in contentious matters throughout Africa;
  • Regularly instructed by foreign counsel concerning the maintenance and protection of client trade mark portfolios internationally;