The function of attorneys varies from one legislation to another. In South Africa attorneys function in much the same way as solicitors in the UK and do not present verbal argument in Court – that is left to the advocate (or barrister in UK).
The attorneys at our firm, most of whom are also qualified engineers or scientists, are all dedicated individuals, skilled in their fields of practice, and can provide clear advice on complex legal matters to clients from all over the globe.
We have two kinds of intellectual property attorneys in South Africa, patent attorneys and trademark attorneys, and each has a qualification from the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law.
In addition they must adhere to a code of ethics laid down by that Institute.