David Legge

David Legge is a Trade Mark Attorney and Associate at KISCH IP, holding LL.B and LL.M (Intellectual Property Law) degrees both from the University of Pretoria. David has a passion for intellectual property law and has a keen interest in all matters relating to branding, creativity, technology and innovation. Over the years, David has successfully managed and enforced the trade mark portfolios of numerous blue-chip companies and well-known international brands. David excels at providing high-level legal opinions and prides himself on his ability to simplify complicated legal matters and to offer speedy, practical and workable legal advice.

David currently practices in the trade mark prosecution department and routinely assists clients with trade mark clearance searches, filing and prosecution of trade mark applications as well as routine transactional recordals, both locally and abroad. In addition, David is proficient in conducting complex trade mark portfolio audits and advising clients on cost-effective brand-protection strategies.

David also has a wealth of experience in trade mark litigation matters, including oppositions, infringements, cancellations, advertising complaints, company name disputes, unlawful competition matters, and domain name disputes. David further has experience in anti-counterfeiting matters throughout Africa.

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Huawei fends off Chanel in EU trade mark clash

French luxury fashion house Chanel has failed in its latest attempt to block the registration of a trade mark applied for by Chinese technological giant Huawei Technologies. In September 2017, Huawei filed an application with the European Union Intellectual Property…

Lionel triumphs in a “MESSI” trade mark battle

Barcelona football star, Lionel Messi has emerged victorious in a trade mark dispute over his name that has raged on for nearly a decade. The decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) highlights the importance of reputation and well-known status…


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