Werksmans extensive South African Intellectual Property practice is complimented by a substantial foreign trade mark practice headed by Attorney, Donvay Wegierski since 2009. Donvay has fifteen years of experience managing a diverse range of clients in IP matters including large FMCG’s, banking and insurance, technology, wine and agriculture in over eighty countries worldwide. Her expertise include 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; domain names; advising on NAFDAC in Nigeria, implications of Brexit, laws and nuances in China and trade mark formalities throughout Africa.

More about: Donvay Wegierski
  • 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.
  • BSocSc LLB (UKZN)
  • 2006: Associate, Jan S. de Villiers
  • 2009: Senior Associate, Werksmans
  • 2010: Director, Werksmans
  • Ranked in the 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 editions of  World Trademark Review 1000 - The World's Leading Trademark Professionals
  • Chambers Global Rankings 2017
  • Named as a recommended lawyer in Intellectual Property by the Legal 500 (2016)
  • 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