Chantal Hoffelner

Chantal Hoffelner

Patent Attorney


Chantal Hoffelner is a patent attorney at Smit & van Wyk, with qualifications in biotechnology and law. 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 specialises in patent specification drafting, local and international patent searches and legal opinions.


  • B.Sc Biochemistry and Microbiology
  • B.Sc (Hons) Microbiology (Cum Laude)
  • B.Sc Microbiology (Cum Laude)
  • LLB
  • SAIIPL (Qualified Patent Practitioner)

Years’ experience:

11+ years

Areas of Expertise:

  • Patents: Biotechnology, medical, life sciences and pharmaceutical inventions.
  • Registered Designs: Industrial designs, product designs, patterns and packaging.
  • Litigation: 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).
  • Member of the International Trade Mark Association (INTA).

    Awards and Market Recognition

    IAM Patent 1000:
    The World’s Leading Patent Professionals – Ranked individual for patent services in South Africa 2020.  
    Quote: “produces work of the highest standard while ensuring deadlines are met”.

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