Donvay Wegierski

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Location: Stellenbosch

Tel: +27 21 809 6009

Fax: +27 11 535 8529



Director 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.

  • 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


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


  • 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
  • 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