The Team

Wessel van Wyk

Director, Patent Attorney

Qualifications
University of Pretoria
BEng (Electronics)
BEng (Hons)
University of South Africa
BProc
SAIIPL
Qualified Patent Practitioner

Focus Areas
Patents (Electronic, Engineering, Gadget type Inventions, Software and Mobile Apps), Registered Designs, Dispute Resolution and Litigation.

Associations
Director of the Licensing Executive Society SA.
Fellow of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL).
Member of the Southern African Research and Innovation Management Association (SARIMA).

Noëlle Pearson

Trade Mark Attorney

Qualifications
University of Pretoria
LLB

Focus Areas
Trade mark applications, prosecution and enforcement.
Trade Mark dispute resolution and litigation.
Copyright matters.

Associations
Fellow of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL).

Chantal Hoffelner

Director, Patent Attorney

Qualifications
University of the Free State
B.Sc Biochemistry and Microbiology
B.Sc (Hons) Microbiology (Cum Laude)
M.Sc Microbiology (Cum Laude)
LLB
SAIIPL
Qualified Patent Practitioner

Focus Areas
Patents (Biotechnology, Medical and Life Sciences, Pharmaceutical and Gadget type Inventions), Registered Designs, Dispute Resolution and Litigation.

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

Gillian O’Leary

Attorney

Qualifications
Nelson Mandela University
LLB 
University of Witwatersrand

Post-graduate certification in Intellectual Property Law

Focus Areas
Trade Mark dispute resolution and litigation.
Copyright matters.

Esmari Jonker

Attorney

Qualifications
University of Pretoria
LLB
University of South Africa
LLM

Focus Areas
Franchising and licensing, franchise agreements and franchise litigation.
Trade mark applications, prosecution and enforcement.
Commercial agreements with the focus on intellectual property aspects.
Unlawful competition and passing off.
Copyright matters.

Associations
Smit & Van Wyk, Inc. is a registered industry member of the Franchise Association of South Africa (FASA) and Esmari represents the law firm.

Rogan Bruce

Attorney

Qualifications
University of Pretoria
BA LAW (Psychology)
LLB

Focus Areas
Trade mark applications, prosecution and enforcement.
Trade Mark dispute resolution and litigation.
Copyright matters.

Associations
Fellow of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL).