de Chalains

South Africa

de Chalains Place, 298 Clark Street
Brooklyn, Pretoria
South Africa

Tel:+27 824 655 193
Fax:+27 346 8717

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Owner and Managing Principal: David Bernstein

Quick facts:

Established: 1998
Number of IP Practitioners: 6
Languages: English, Afrikaans
Network Memberships: INTA, MARQUES, AIPF, CITMA, LPC (Legal Practice Council) & LWFH (Lawyers Working from Home)

Established in 1998, de Chalains is a leading IP firm with its Head Office in close proximity to the High Court and Trade Marks & Patents Office in Pretoria, the Nation's Capital. The Raison d'être was simple- to create a unique firm by providing our clients with astonishing levels of service excellence at affordable rates.

This mantra encapsulated a commitment to nurturing and caring for our clients trade mark and patent portfolios in the most streamlined and cost effective manner. This focussed proactive approach provided a solid base from which to develop and evolve into the 21st Century as an award winning full service IP boutique offering clients a refreshing and authentic alternative to much older and larger firms culminating in Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) recognising the firm for eleven consecutive years as a leading light for trade mark prosecution in South Africa. 

Moreover, the firm's professional staff were originally members of large well known South African IP firms and have all honed their skills and craft over many years developing extensive experience and expertise in different facets of IP law and, in particular trade mark procurement and enforcement. Being lean, nimble, adroit and dynamic presupposes a degree of flexibility and agility exemplified by our total commitment to personal services tailored to suit our clients specific needs and budget requirements.

Since inception, the firm has gained a formidable reputation for accurate, swift and thorough service across the African continent with advice dispensed in a straight forward understandable manner without unnecessary jargon and legalese. The firm remains dedicated to building and maintaining long lasting mutually beneficial working relationships with clients whilst simultaneously ensuring high quality service at reasonable cost.

Practice Areas: Intellectual property (prosecution), Trade mark, Trade mark contentious, Trade mark prosecution, Patent, Patent prosecution, Intellectual property (contentious), Designs, Copyright & related rights, Patent contentious, IP transactions

Sector Expertise: Automotive, E-commerce, Fashion & luxury goods, FMCG, Food & beverage, Hospitality & leisure, Gaming, Internet, Manufacturing, Medical device, Universities & research, Tobacco, Sports, Telecommunication, Retail