Smit & Van Wyk Patent, Trademark & Registered Designs

Cherizé de Lange

Trade Mark Portfolio Manager


Cherizé is a senior paralegal and Smit & Van Wyk’s trade mark portfolio manager who joined the firm in 2019.  She obtained her Diploma in Law in 2010 and ranked among the top students in 2017 when completing her first year South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law Exams.  Cherizé specializes in trade marks, copyright, client audit reports and managing the trade mark practice.  She is the first point of contact for most foreign clients and she ensures that our processes are streamlined and dependable.  Cherize also ensures that we offer a tailored service to each one of our clients in order to best satisfy the specific needs of each client.

Cherizé de Lange


Areas of expertise:

  • Filing and prosecuting trade mark applications in South Africa and abroad for clients/correspondents from South Africa as well as foreign jurisdictions.
  • OAPI and ARIPO applications.
  • Madrid applications.
  • Maintaining (including the payment of renewal and/or maintenance fees) of trade marks.
  • Trade mark searches.
  • IP Audits.