Tshepo Shabangu

Partner - Pretoria, South Africa

Email: t.shabangu@spoor.com
Tel:     + 27 12 676 1126
Fax:    + 27 12 676 1100

BProc LLB LLM. Attorney of the High Court of South Africa and Notary Public.

22 years

Fields of practice
Local and international selection, clearance, prosecution and registration of trade marks, conducting trade mark audits, IP portfolio management, due diligence investigations, drafting IP related agreements and IP policies.  

Industry associations
European Community Trade Mark Association (ECTA)
International Bar Association (“IBA”)
National Bar Association (NBA)
South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (“SAIIPL”)
German Chamber of Commerce
Austrian Chamber of Commerce
Corporate Counsel Association of South Africa (CCASA)
Member of the Legal Practice Council (LPC)

Professional activities
Tshepo made history when she became the first black person to be elected as President of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law and the first person to be re-elected to that position.
Tshepo sat on the Council of the Law Society of the Northern Provinces, the body regulating attorneys and the SAIIPL.
Council representative of the Law Society of South Africa on the IBA Council.
Member of the Steering Committee and task force of the IBA’s Presidential task force on the future of legal services.
Member of the 2018 IBA Presidential task force on cybersecurity and contributed to the published IBA Cyber Security Guidelines.
Tshepo is also fluent in German.
Co-author of the Traditional knowledge, traditional cultural expressions and folklore chapter of Dean & Dyer: Intellectual Property Law in South Africa.  

Market Recognition
Tshepo has been named as one of WIPR’s Influential Women in IP 2019.
Legal 500 EMEA ranks Tshepo as one of South Africa's Intellectual Property Law experts 2019.
Best Lawyers listed Tshepo as a 'Best Lawyer' in Intellectual Property Law in South Africa 2018 - 2021.
Tshepo has been named Law Professional of the Year 2019/2020 by The SA Professional Services Awards (SAPSA).
Listed in the WTR 1000 as one of the World’s Leading Trade Mark Professionals in 2021.
Tshepo is listed in World IP Review Leaders - Best IP Practitioners 2021.

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