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Appearing in the WTR 1000 for the first time this year is thriving boutique de Chalains: “Knowledgeable and user friendly, it gets the job done with minimum fuss, even in difficult situations – and without breaking the bank either.” It offers shrewd, hands-on portfolio management and enforcement services to an enviable list of clients, particularly in the sports industry, where the firm has carved out a niche: for example, it undertakes filing and prosecution for the Rugby World Cup as well as the British and Irish Lions Designated Activity Company. This brief is the preserve of David Bernstein, who “applies a laser-sharp focus and solves problems creatively”. He provides strong leadership to the team alongside fellow managing principal Reinhold Gregorowski. Gregorowski has ample international know-how and particular expertise protecting rights across Africa. He gets even the most difficult jobs done efficiently and to the highest standard.
Reinhold Gregorowski obtained a BCom (law) and LLB from the University of Pretoria and was admitted as an attorney, notary and conveyancer in the High Court of South Africa in 1993. He has also completed an advanced course in IP management and innovation at the University of South Africa with distinction.
Before joining de Chalains IP, Mr Gregorowski was a senior director in the IP department of Bowman Gilfillan (now part of Adams & Adams), where he headed up the firm’s foreign trademarks department for 10 years.
His areas of expertise include the registration, protection, administration and commercial exploitation of trademarks and related IP rights nationally and internationally. More specifically, he assists clients with the following:
- pre-filing clearance searches and advice;
- filing and prosecution of trademark applications;
- trademark renewals, assignments and general portfolio management and audits;
- use-in-trade investigations;
- due diligence investigations and reports;
- trademark licensing and franchising agreements;
- domain name registrations and the enforcement of rights against abusive domain name registrations; and
- copyright protection.
Over the years Mr Gregorowski has represented clients ranging from individuals to multinational corporations across most industry types, including fast-moving consumer goods, information technology, mining, tobacco, food and hospitality, sport and recreation, gaming, insurance and banking. He also adds considerable value with the administration and day-to-day running of the firm.
Established in 1998, de Chalains IP is a leading South African IP firm with its head office in close proximity to the High Court and Trademarks and Patents Office in Pretoria, South Africa’s administrative capital. The raison d’être for the establishment of the firm was simple: to create a unique firm by providing our clients with astonishing levels of service excellence at affordable rates.
This mantra encapsulated a commitment to nurturing and caring for our clients’ trademark and patent portfolios in the most streamlined and cost-effective manner. This focused, proactive approach provided a solid base from which to develop and evolve into the 21st century as an award-winning full-service IP boutique offering clients a refreshing and authentic alternative to much older and larger firms, culminating in Managing Intellectual Property recognising the firm for 11 consecutive years as a leading light for trademark prosecution in South Africa.
Moreover, the firm’s professional staff all started their careers at large, well-known South African IP law firms; they have all honed their skills and craft over many years, developing extensive experience and expertise in different facets of IP law, including trademark prosecution, procurement, maintenance, administration and enforcement, patent registration, copyright, domain name registration and enforcement, and IP due diligence investigations.
In addition to the above-mentioned services, the firm regularly conducts IP portfolio reviews, and assists clients in optimising the effectiveness of their rights obtained through registration.
Being lean, nimble, adroit and dynamic presupposes a degree of flexibility and agility exemplified by our total commitment to personal services tailored to suit our clients’ specific needs and budget requirements.
Since inception, the firm has gained a formidable reputation for accurate, swift and thorough service with advice dispensed in a straightforward, understandable manner without unnecessary jargon and legalese.
The firm’s client base continues to expand and ranges from corporates (including blue-chip listed companies) to attorneys, trademark agents, search houses and businesses. The firm represents clients across a broad and diverse spectrum of sectors and industries, including automobile, 4x4, video/virtual reality games, electronic, financial, pharmaceutical , entertainment, restaurant, horse racing, education, wine, craft beer, sports supplements and fashion, e-commerce, fashion and luxury goods, fast-moving consumer goods, food, hospitality and leisure, gaming, Internet, manufacturing, medical devices, universities and research, tobacco, sports, telecommunication, information technology and retail.
de Chalains IP also takes pride in assisting clients with specialised IP services across the African continent. To this end, the firm has over may years established and continues to maintain close working relationships with reputable local associates in all jurisdictions.
The firm remains dedicated to building and maintaining long-lasting, mutually beneficial working relationships with clients, while simultaneously ensuring high-quality service at reasonable cost.