Director, Head of Intellectual Property


Having practiced Intellectual Property (“IP”) law for nearly 20 years, Janine specialises in all aspects of IP law, including trade mark clearance searches and registration, the protection and enforcement of IP rights, IP litigation, unlawful competition, counterfeit goods and domain name disputes. Janine also advises on commercial matters. These include securitisation and due diligence investigations in M&A transactions. Her expertise also extends to 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 disputes concerned with copyright. She furthermore deals with advertising matters which include dealing with complaints before the Advertising Standards Authority.

More about: Janine Hollesen
Janine Hollesen specializes in:
  • All aspects of the Intellectual Property law and related matters, including
  • IP litigation
  • trade mark searching and registration
  • unlawful competition
  • counterfeit goods
  • domain name disputes
  • 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
Janine Hollesen Career:
  • BA LLB (Stellenbosch)
  • LLM (Unisa)
  • Solicitor of England and Wales
  • Fellow of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (2003)
Janine Hollesen Highlights:
  • 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)
  • Named as a highly recommended lawyer in Intellectual Property by the Legal 500 (2010-2018)
  • 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”