John Foster

Partner - Cape Town, South Africa

Tel:     + 27 21 673 4441
Fax:    + 27 21 683 5952

BCom Law LLB. Attorney of the High Court of South Africa.

9 years

Fields of practice
John specialises in trade mark, copyright and unlawful competition litigation, including trade mark oppositions, trade mark and copyright infringement claims, domain name disputes, company and close corporation name objections; domestic and foreign trade mark applications, including trade mark searches and prosecution; advertising law, including advertising pre-clearance and complaints before the Advertising Standards Authority; commercial IP transactions, licensing arrangements and due diligence investigations.

Industry associations
Fellow of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law.
Member of the Southern African Research and Innovation Management Association (SARIMA).
Associate member of the Corporate Counsel Association of South Africa (CCASA).
Member of the International Trade Mark Association (INTA) and the INTA Judicial Administration and Litigation Subcommittee.
Member of the Legal Practice Council (LPC)

Professional activities
Co-author of the chapter on Unlawful Competition in Dean & Dyer: Introduction to Intellectual Property Law (Oxford University Press); co-author of the Sponsorship and Marketing Agreements chapter in International Business Transactions (Kluwerlaw); contributor to the Thomson Reuters IP Global Guide - South Africa.

Market recognition
John is listed in the Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars Handbook 2017 as a “rising star to watch
Listed in the WTR 1000 as one of the World’s Leading Trade Mark Professionals in 2019 - 2020.

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