Charles Webster

Partner - Pretoria, South Africa

Tel:     + 27 12 676 1279
Fax:    + 27 12 676 1100

BSc (Computer Science) LLB. Attorney of the High Court of South Africa.

32 years

Fields of practice
Charles specialises in litigation, in particular trade mark and copyright infringement, passing off, unlawful competition, Advertising Standards Authority complaints, company name objections, and domain name disputes. Charles has extensive experience in all aspects of IP portfolio management and acts for a number of local and international blue-chip companies.

Industry associations
Past President of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL).
Fellow of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law.
Member of the International Trademark Association (INTA).

Professional activities
Co-author of the 4th edition of Webster and Page: South African Law of Trade Marks and LAWSA Volume 4: Trade Marks. Charles is a member of INTA's Trademark Reporter Committee. He has lectured on both Trade Mark Law and Copyright for the Patent Examination Board, lectures LLM students at the University of Stellenbosch on Trade Mark Law and is an examiner for the Trade Mark Practitioners exam of SAIIPL.

Market Recognition
Listed in the WTR 1000 as one of the World’s Leading Trade Mark Professionals in 2014 - 2018.
Listed in the Who's Who Legal Trademark editions 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers rates Charles in Intellectual Property Band 1 2011 - 2018.
Legal 500 EMEA ranks Charles as one of South Africa's Intellectual Property Law experts 2011, 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Best Lawyers listed Charles as a 'Best Lawyer' in Intellectual Property Law in South Africa 2009 - 2018.
Charles is listed in World IP Review Leaders 2016 and 2017 - Best IP Practitioners.
Listed in the Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars 2015 - 2017.
Charles is listed as one of the World’s Leading Practitioners in Euromoney's Expert Guides - Trade Mark 2016.
Best Lawyers named Charles as 2017 Johannesburg Intellectual Property Law lawyer of the year.

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