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Meet Claire Brown

Trademark Attorney

Claire is a partner and head of our Africa trade mark practice.


Claire’s main fields of expertise include trade mark searches, prosecution, and enforcement of trade marks throughout Africa. She assists clients by protecting their brands with tailor-made filing strategies throughout Africa, taking into account their specific marketing and legal requirements and manages large trade mark portfolios in this region.

With several years of experience working in Africa, Claire has valuable local knowledge of country-specific legislative requirements and issues across this continent.

She is also a qualified South African trade mark practitioner and has over ten years’ experience in filing, prosecution and maintenance of local trademarks.

Claire assists clients in many different sectors, including gaming, electronic, automotive, financial and telecoms industries.

She has been an active member of the International Trademark Association (INTA) Trade Mark Office Practices in Africa Committee since 2015. She also regularly attends and actively participates at the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) Administrative Council meetings and working groups.

World Trademark Review features Claire Brown as a Leading Trade Mark Professional (2018)

Contact Claire

Direct: +27 21 526 2800


  • University of South Africa, LLB (2010)
  • South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law, Qualified Trade Mark Practitioner (2015)

Focus Areas

> Filing strategies in Africa
> Trade Mark searches, Africa and South Africa
> Trade Mark filing and prosecution throughout Africa
> Trade Mark filing and prosecution in South Africa
> Portfolio maintenance and management

Affiliations and Accolades

  • Attorney of the High Court, South Africa
  • Fellow, South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL)
  • Committee Member: INTA Trade Mark Office Practice: Africa
  • WTR 1000: Ranked in Individuals (2018)