Madelein Kleyn

Dr Madelein KleynMadelein Kleyn

Fellow of the Chair Intellectual Property Law

Lecturer – Department of Mercantile Law

Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Law

Tel: +27(0) 21 808 9371

Dr Madelein Kleyn is a qualified chemical engineer, an admitted attorney and a registered Patent Attorney and holds the degrees B. Sc (Chemical) Engineering (University of Potchefstroom), B. Proc (University of South Africa), LLB (University of South Africa), LLM (Tax) (University of Johannesburg) and PhD (Private Law) (University of Cape Town).

She is a member and council member of the SAIIPL (South African Institute of Intellectual Property Lawyers)), INTA (International Trademark Association) and ACS (American Chemical Society). She is also member of LES (License Executive Society of South Africa).

Madelein started her career as Chemical Engineer with Mintek in Randburg in 1991. She joined Sasol (the largest South African Petrochemical Company) as process engineer in 1993. She completed her articles at Adams & Adams on secondment from Sasol. In 1995 she returned to Sasol where she established the Intellectual Property (IP) Services department in the R&D division of Sasol Technology. In 1999 she was appointed as IP Legal advisor of Sasol Limited with the aim of establishing IP management for various Sasol companies and business units on an international basis. Madelein has served as in-house Patent Counsel for Sasol in Rosebank for 16 years.

At the end of 2009 she joined Oro Agri (Pty) Ltd and is currently the Group Manager for corporate legal and IP matters for the international group of Oro Agri companies which manufactures and distributes organically friendly pesticides, fertilizers and adjuvants.

Madelein has tutored for the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) e-learning program on IP Management; she is responsible for the SAIIPL lectures and exams for the Patent Attorneys Practitioners’ course for candidate attorneys and she is the co-ordinator for the Patents and Designs module of the LLM (IP Law) and the PGDip (IP Law) degrees at the University of Stellenbosch presented by the Chair of Intellectual Property Law. Madelein was appointed Research Fellow of the Department of Mercantile Law, Faculty of law at the University of Stellenbosch in January 2014.

Madelein’s main areas of expertise include IP strategy development and implementation (both defensive and offensive), Merger and Acquisition IP integration matters, IP portfolio management including prosecution of patents and trademarks, development of training material for corporate environment in most areas of IP, drafting of, and advising on IP related agreements and negotiation of IP business related transactions, IP litigation (US, Europe and South Africa) and European patent opposition matters. She has advised and assisted clients on exchange control matters with respect to intellectual property transactions since 2000.

Madelein has authored and presented various papers at national and international conferences on the subjects of intellectual capital, IP due Diligence, IP strategy and IP management.


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