Counterfeiting and piracy are among the most challenging issues faced by Intellectual Property owners today. The more successful the brand, the more likely that counterfeit goods bearing that brand will be produced. Counterfeiting is a growing threat to intellectual property rights holders with counterfeit goods infiltrating market places around the world.

Since its inception several years ago, Spoor & Fisher’s Anti-counterfeiting Unit has become a leader on the African continent. Our unit works with a network of investigating firms around the continent to assist in identifying perpetrators, conducting surveillance exercises, identifying counterfeiting activities and offering anti-counterfeiting enforcement. It also offers its services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Thanks to the size of the unit and the depth of experience of the team, we are able to offer a seamless process from investigation to final civil and/or criminal prosecution. In addition, the unit offers services covering the registration of trade marks and copyright with Customs & Excise, the detention of containers and the prosecution of counterfeiting matters against importers.

The Anti-counterfeiting Unit at Spoor & Fisher has developed expertise in all legal and practical aspects of counterfeiting. In order to combat this scourge, we believe that it is imperative to maintain an advanced level of knowledge of the growing counterfeiting problem and its sophisticated developments. The unit has developed and is assisted by an extensive network of agents who are constantly observing activities in the market place for signs of counterfeiting activities. With significant documented successes the unit has reduced a number of clients’ anti-counterfeiting portfolios from as high as 30% to as low as 1% in a space of two years.

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The Team

Mohamed Khader BProc LLB. Attorney of the High Court of South Africa.
Paul Ramara BProc Hdip Cyberlaw. Attorney of the High Court of South Africa.

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