Madelein Kleyn

Dr Madelein Kleyn

Fellow of the Chair Intellectual Property Law

Part-time Lecturer – Department of Mercantile Law

Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Law

Tel: +27(0) 21 808 9371

Dr. Madelein Kleyn has more than 27 years of international experience as intellectual property practitioner, patent attorney, and in-house legal corporate counsel in the petrochemical and agri industries. In addition to her position as Fellow of the Chair Intellectual Property Law and Lecturer – Department of Mercantile Law at Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Law, she is also presently the Director, Technology Transfer at Innovus, the division of Stellenbosch University accountable for the commercialisation of IP emanating from the University. She also is the CEO and founder of Mad K IP consulting (Pty) Ltd a private company advising clients on IP matters.

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 an LLM in tax law and PhD in intellectual property law. Her technical expertise is in the area of petrochemicals, chemistry, process engineering, explosives and agriculture.

Madelein’s 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.

Madelein 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. Since 2014 she is the co-editor of the journal “International Pharmaceutical Law”and is also a co-author of the South African Chapter of this publication.

She is a member of the SAIIPL (South African Institute of Intellectual Property Lawyers)) and also the editor of the newsletter IP Briefs™, INTA (International Trademark Association) and CCASA (Corporate Counsel Association of South Africa), ACS (American Chemical Society) and SARIMA ( Southern African Research & Innovation Management Association). She is also a member of LES (License Executive Society of South Africa) and the immediate past president and the Chair of the LES International 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.



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