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Darren Olivier

Areas Of Practice:
Copyright, Trademarks
Phone Number:
+27 (0) 11 784 2889
Years of Practice:
2nd Floor, 34 Fredman Drive (Cnr 5th Street), Sandton, Johannesburg
Gauteng / Johannesburg
Postal Address:
PO Box 10155 , Johannesburg, 2000
Admitted Attorney (1997)
Qualified Trade Mark Practitioner (1997)
Qualified Solicitor
Qualified European Trade Mark Attorney


- Commercialisation


 Trade Marks:

- Searches, Filing & Prosecution

- Commercialisation

- Enforcement

- Franchising (South Africa)

- Piracy & Counterfeiting

- Ambush Marketing (South Africa)

- Advertising Law Services



- Commercialisation

- Enforcement



- Commercialisation


An experienced intellectual property advisor with over 20 years experience gained in local and international law firms as well as in-house

Especially interested in IP management (primarily brands), prosecution, commercialisation and enforcement in Africa but worked for a decade in London, focusing on Europe

Lead counsel for the BSA The Software Alliance in South Africa

An editorial board member of Oxford University Press: Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice

Blogmeister and founder of the Afro-IP weblog. He tweets from @DarrenTOlivier

Recognised by Who’s Who Legal, Chambers Global, World Trademark 1000, Legal 500, South African Institute of IP Law, Managing Intellectual Property and IAM 300

Former Trustee of the CEO SleepOut Trust, a change agent in South Africa responsible for raising the most amount of money ever on a single night for good causes

The first African to be recognised in IAM’s Guide to the World’s leading IP Strategists

Chair of the firm’s IP Commercialisation team

Co-founder of 4 kids

Practice Areas:

  • Trade Marks
  • Copyright
  • IP Management
  • Trade Mark & Copyright litigation
  • IP Licensing


  • Legal Practice Council – Member

  • SA Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL) – Fellow

  • International Trade Marks Association (INTA)

  • AFRO-IP (African Intellectual Property Community) – Co-founder

  • Frequent speaker and writer on IP issue

  • Who’s Who Legal Ranking: Copyright | 2016

  • Who’s Who Legal Ranking: Sports & Entertainment | 2017

  • Who’s Who Legal Ranking: Trademarks | 2017

  • Lawyer Monthly Legal Awards Winners: Outright Winner in the category of – Sport and

  • Entertainment – Lawyer of the Year – South Africa | 2017

  • MIP IP All Stars | 2017, 2018

  • WIPR – Listed in Trade Mark & Patent Directory | 2017

  • Finance Monthly – Lawyer of the Year: Sports and Entertainment South Africa   | 2018

  • Finance Monthly – Lawyer of the Year: Copyright South Africa | 2017

  • WTR 1000 – Tier 1 Ranked: Trademark Litigation | 2018

  • Legal 500 – Recommended IP Practitioner | 2018

  • Chambers Global: Ranked Band 2 Lawyer | 2016, 2017

  • Chambers Global: Ranked Band 3 Lawyer | 2018

  • Some of his more interesting cases include litigating the first keyword case in Africa, filing the first

  • International Registration by a South African firm, assisting the Bavaria Babes during World Cup 2010 on ambush marketing claims brought by FIFA, advising the Zulu nation on rights management, setting up IP outsourcing models for global rebrands and most recently, assisting innovative content creator CliffCentral, and the Steve Biko Foundation. 

Afrikaans, English