Andrè J Maré

Commercial and Transactional IP Attorney

An experienced commercial and transactional IP attorney and the leader of our Commercial IP division. Andre has a deep understanding of how commercial realities influence and impact the legal and IP landscape.

About Andrè J Maré

A seasoned commercial intellectual property and legal professional with a proven track record in setting up a multi-national intellectual property department and dealing with complex projects relating to management, ownership and commercialization of intellectual property rights.

In 17 years+ of IP experience Andrè spent time in the most prestigious IP law firms in Africa and as the lead counsel for IP in the largest multinational pharmaceutical company in the southern hemisphere.  Having worked closely with stakeholders Andrè has developed a deep understanding of how commercial realities influence and impact the legal and IP landscape.

Andrè has further advised on the IP aspects of some of the most notable transactions on the African continent in the last three years with a particular focus on fintech, pharma (including bio-pharma), telecommunications and retail. In the last three years Andrè was ranked in WTR 1000, IAM 1000 and IP Stars for Commercial IP, while the previous team he worked in was ranked in the top tier and awarded as the top transactional IP team in Africa by Managing IP in 2022.

Andrè has been invited to speak on IP in South Africa and abroad on a wide range of topics, and  was a guest lecturer and external examiner for the LLM program at the University of KZN (South Africa).

André's mantra is “I absolutely love intellectual property law. If it were not my job, it would be my hobby.”

Focus areas

  • IP Transactional function
    • IP due diligence
    • IP transaction structuring
    • IP drafting including warranties and indemnities
    • IP securitisation
    • Transaction implementation (IP specific)
  • Commercial IP services
    • IP commercialisation strategies
    • Ownership consolidation and structuring
    • IP portfolio management including IP policy drafting
    • IP licence agreement, including royalty structuring
    • Image rights
    • Sponsorship, influencer and brand ambassador arrangements
    • Life sciences arrangements and agreements including pharma launch advice, (in and out) licencing, supply, manufacturing, distribution and marketing agreements
    • Confidentiality agreements
    • Exchange control arrangements relating IP export (SADC specific)
    • Royalty collection agency agreements and opinions
    • Enforcement relating to commercial IP matters


  • University of Pretoria, LLB (2008)
  • South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law, Qualified Trade Mark Practitioner (2009)
  • Management Development Programme, Gordon Institute of Business Science (2015)

Affiliations and accolades

  • Attorney of the High Court, South Africa
  • Fellow, South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL)
  • Member, International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • Member, Pharmaceutical Trademark Group (PTMG)
  • Member, International Association of Lawyers for Vine and Wine Law (ADIV)
  • Member, South Africa – Licensing Executives Society South Africa (LES)
  • WTR 1000 (Transactions)
  • IAM 1000 (Transactions)
  • IP Stars (Commercial IP)

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