Janine Hollesen

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Director, Head of Intellectual Property Practice

Location: Stellenbosch

Tel: +27 21 809 6011

Fax: +27 11 535 8528

Email: jhollesen@werksmans.com


Director Janine Hollesen is head of the Intellectual Property (IP) practice area. She specialises in all aspects of IP law, including trade mark clearance searches and registration; protection and enforcement of IP rights; IP litigation; unlawful competition; counterfeit goods; and domain name disputes. Janine also advises on commercial matters such as securitisation and due diligence investigations in M&A transactions. Her expertise also covers the protection of plant breeders’ rights – including the commercialisation of new varieties and litigation relating thereto. Janine also advises clients in relation to copyright law including licensing; sale; and copyright disputes. She furthermore advises on complaints before the Advertising Standards Authority.

  • Intellectual Property
  • All aspects of the Intellectual Property (IP) law and related matters, including
  • IP litigation
  • trade mark searching and registration
  • unlawful competition
  • counterfeit goods
  • domain name disputes
  • IP commercial transactions including the disposal and licensing of IP rights
  • plant breeders’ rights ‑ commercialisation of new varieties and litigation relating thereto
  • copyright: advisory, litigation and commercial
  • Advertising Standards Authority complaints


  • Janine has been successful in a number of reported High Court and Supreme Court of Appeal decisions including the following.New Media Publishing (Pty) Limited v Eating Out Webs Services CC which is regularly cited in subsequent cases.
  • Weltevrede Nursery (Pty) Limited v Keith Kirsten’s (Pty) Limited which is the only case which has been heard by the Supreme Court of Appeal in relation to the infringement of a Plant Breeder’s Right registration and the cancellation thereof
  • Pepkor Retail (Pty) Limited v Truworths Limited which has important consequences for the use and registration of descriptive trade marks
  • BA LLB (Stellenbosch)
  • LLM (Unisa)
  • Solicitor of England and Wales
  • Fellow of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (2003)
  • Member of
    • South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL) - Fellow
    • International Trade Mark Association (INTA)
    • Plant Breeders’ Rights Committee
  • Named as a leading lawyer in Intellectual Property by Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business (2011 - 2012 and 2020)
  • Named as a highly recommended lawyer in Intellectual Property by The Legal500 (2010-2019)
  • Named as an IP Star by Managing Intellectual Property for 2016 and 2017
  • The presentation to clients and the holding of regular workshops on topics relating to IP
  • Regularly speaks on radio in relation to IP topics
  • Janine regularly contributes to publications on articles pertaining to IP including the following most recent articles
    • “Top Ten Reasons to register your Trade Mark”
    • “Why it’s Important to Carefully Choose a Trademark”