Madelein Kleyn

Patent Attorney and IP Consultant at MAD IP Consulting

Dr Madelein Kleyn has more than 27 years international experience as intellectual property practisioner, patent attorney and in-house corporate counsel in the petrochemical and agri industries.  She is the CEO and founder of Mad K IP consulting (Pty) Ltd a private company advising clients on IP matters. She is also is presently the Director, Technology Transfer at Innovus, Stellenbosch University.  She is a qualified chemical engineer (BSc Chem Eng) , an admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa and a registered South African patent attorney. She holds a LLM in tax law and PhD in intellectual property law. She is also a Registered Technology Transfer Professional (RTTP). Her technical expertise is in the area of petrochemicals, chemistry, process engineering, explosives and agriculture.  Her main areas of expertise include IP Portfolio management,  IP policy and strategy development and implementation.  She regularly advises on corporate governance and IP risk management and specialises in drafting and advising on IP-related business transactions, including technology transfer and licensing.    She has authored and presented various articles, papers and publications on IP matters internationally specifically on technology and IP licensing and commentaries on national IP related legislation and is the course director of the Patent an Design LLM module at Stellenbosch University. Since 2014 she is the co-editor of the textbook “International Pharmaceutical Law”and is also a co-author of the South African Chapter of this publication.  She is a member of the SAIIPL (and also the editor of the SAIIPL newsletter IP Briefs™.  She is a member of INTA, SAIIPL, CCASA, ACS and SARIMA ( Southern African Research & Innovation Management Association). She is also member of LES SA and the immediate past president.  She Chairs the LESI Patent and Technology licensing Committee.

Madelein was included in the IAM Strategy 300 – The World’s Leading IP Strategists since 2015 and featured in WTR300 World’s leading trademark professionals since 2016.

Professional associations

  • INTA
  • LESI


  • Healthcare
  • Not-for-profit
  • Oil/gas
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Technology

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MAD IP Consulting
Western Cape
South Africa

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