Marco van der Merwe

Partner - Pretoria, South Africa

Tel:     + 27 12 676 1218
Fax:    + 27 12 676 1100

BLC LLB. Attorney of the High Court of South Africa.

25 years

Fields of practice
Head of Trade Mark Prosecution Department. Domestic trade mark registration, searches and maintenance, domestic and international copyright, information technology law and domain names. Marco is a specialist trade mark attorney with experience in computer-related litigation and information technology.

Industry associations
Fellow, former Treasurer and Vice-president of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (“SAIIPL”). Former lecturer and current moderator of the SA Copyright Law & Practice module for SAIIPL.

Professional activities
Author of the chapter on Computer Contracts for Butterworths Forms and Precedents.
Co-author of Cyberlaw@SouthAfrica.
Contributed to Chapter pertaining to Contracting on the Internet.
South African correspondent of Computer and Telecommunications Law Review (Sweet & Maxwell).
Former Treasurer of the Association of Pretoria Attorneys and former Copyright lecturer for the Patent Examination Board.
Recipient of Microsoft Best Practices Award.
Recipient of the Butterworth prize for the best contribution to the DeRebus magazine by a practising attorney.
Co-author of Dean & Dyer (Introduction to Intellectual Property Law – Oxford University Press).

Market Recognition
Best Practice award for Software Investigation and Audit 1999 - Microsoft Corporation.
Best article by a practicing attorney - De Rebus - pertaining to Domain names in February 1998.

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