Prof. John McKnight

Partner - Johannesburg, South Africa

Tel:     + 27 11 994 5102
Fax:    + 27 11 994 5125

BSc (Chem and Biochem) BSc (Hons) (Biochem) LLB. Attorney of the High Court of South Africa, Chartered Patent Attorney, European Patent Attorney, Solicitor of England & Wales (non-practising).

26 years (SA and UK)

Fields of practice
Domestic and international patent and design matters, including the preparation and prosecution of patent and design applications. John specialises in the filing of applications in the chemical, biochemical and pharmaceutical fields, and related litigation. He also has experience in commercial transactions involving IP, including confidentiality, joint development, supply, licencing and technology transfer agreements. As a former Deputy Head of Patents at Reckitt Benckiser in the UK, John has particular experience of both registered and unregistered IP rights in a FMCG environment.

Industry associations
Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Patent Agents (CIPA).
Fellow of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law.
Member of the Law Society of England and Wales and of the Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office.
Member of the Legal Practice Council (LPC).
Member of the International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI).

Professional activities
John is an accomplished presenter at international seminars and universities.
He lectures the Patent and Design law module in the University of Johannesburg’s Master’s Degree in Intellectual Property Law.
He has been appointment as Professor of Practice at the Faculty of Law at University of Johannesburg
He also lectured on the Certificate in Patent Administration Course run by CIPA in the UK.

Market Recognition
Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) Gill Prize 2000. (The Gill Prize is awarded to the person achieving the highest cumulative marks in the final round of examinations for qualification as a UK patent attorney).
Listed in IAM's World's Leading Patent Practitioners in 2011 - 2021.

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