Vanessa has extensive experience in the filing and prosecution of patent and trade mark applications in South Africa and abroad. She specialises in local and international trade mark searches, filing and prosecution of patent and trade mark applications, trade mark litigation, and portfolio management.
Vanessa completed her articles of clerkship at Adams & Adams, where she received training in the drafting filing and prosecution of patent and design applications at the South African Patent and Design office. After completion of her articles, she assisted in the foreign filing department with the filing and prosecution of patent and design applications in South Africa on behalf of overseas clients.
Vanessa joined Brian Bacon Inc. in 2008, and shortly thereafter registered as a Patent Attorney, focusing on the filing and prosecution of patent and design applications for clients in South Africa and abroad in a variety of technology fields. Her work gradually diversified to include all aspects of intellectual property advice, including trade mark filing, prosecution and litigation in South African and abroad.
B.Sc (Genetics, Physiology and Psychology), University of Stellenbosch, 2000
B.Sc Honours in Genetics, University of Stellenbosch, 2001
LLB, University of Stellenbosch, 2004
Attorney of the High Court of South Africa
Cape Law Society
Fellow, South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law
International Trade Mark Association