Chantal Hoffelner

Chantal Hoffelner

Patent Attorney

Previous Positions


Chantal Hoffelner

Chantal Hoffelner is a patent attorney at Smit & van Wyk, specializing in biotechnology and life sciences. Before joining Smit & van Wyk in 2009, she worked as a researcher in the Microbial, Biochemical and Food Biotechnology Department at the University of the Free State. She has completed her South African Institute of Intellectual Property Patent, Designs, Legal framework, International Patent Laws and Drafting of Patent Specification examinations.


University of the Free State
B.Sc Biochemistry & Microbiology, B.Sc (Hons) Microbiology, M.Sc Microbiology

University of the Free State
B.Sc (Hons) Microbiology, M.Sc Microbiology

University of South Africa

Qualified Patent Practitioner

Focus Areas

Biotechnology, Medical and Life Sciences, Pharmaceutical and Gadget type Inventions.

Registered Designs:
Industrial designs, product designs, patterns and packaging.

Patent and Design disputes.


Fellow of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL).
Member of the Southern African Research and Innovation Management Association (SARIMA).

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