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Sinal Govender


Sinal Govender


T:+27 11 685 8832

Sinal is an intellectual property lawyer practicing out of our Johannesburg office in all aspects of intellectual property law, which includes developing intellectual property protection strategies concerning new product launches, and analysing possible infringement and misappropriation issues. Her practice area also includes advertising and regulatory opinions, domain name disputes, company name objections, commercial transactions involving intellectual property, and due diligence and anti-counterfeiting investigations.

Sinal acts for clients across various industries, including international industry leaders in the FMCG, technology, insurance, and real estate space.  Whilst Sinal's practice is focussed on contentious work, she has a keen interest in risk management and the clearance of products and brands, prior to their launch, in order to mitigate disputes further down the line.  In this regard, Sinal has provided labelling and regulatory advice to companies, particularly two producers of alcoholic beverages, in respect of new product launches, in terms of the Advertising Standards Authority Code of Advertising Practice, Consumer Protection Act, and industry specific regulations.

She has a keen interest in healthcare and education, par ticularly their intersection with technology.  Sinal often presents training to clients, and is regularly published, on all aspects of intellectual property law.

She worked for another leading intellectual property firm from 2012 to 2015, prior to joining our practice in 2016.  During this time, she represented some of South Africa's largest FMCG companies and a prominent alcoholic beverage company with their contentious work across Africa, as well as providing advice on their advertising, labelling, and regulatory concerns.

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  • Education
    • Bachelor of Arts (Linguistics and Law) and LLB degrees at Rhodes University, where she was on the Dean's List and the recipient of the Intellectual Property Prize in her final year.
    • Qualified as a Trade Mark Practitioner - 2014
    • Postgraduate certificates at the University of the Witwaterstrand in Media Law and Intellectual Property Law, both with distinction - 2016


  • Representative experience
    • Diageo Brands B.V – on the successful company name objection against Jonny Walker Fast Food (Pty) Ltd in the Companies Tribunal; on providing an opinion on the merits of various trade mark infringement matters, and instituting formal steps in resolving these matters; on providing advice on the registrability of various trade marks in respect of new product launches; on conducting a complimentary watching service on the companies and trade marks register to identify potential conflicts with Diageo's trade mark portfolio; on conducting a complimentary online watching service to mitigate IP risk. 
    • Energizer Brands, LLC – on instituting proceedings against the manufacturers/suppliers of counterfeit batteries bearing the ENERGIZER trade mark in Madagascar.
    • Confidential client – on conducting an investigation into counterfeit healthcare products being sold in South Africa, which included: conducting an audit of client's IP; drafting an IP assignment; registering client's IP at customs in order to detain counterfeit products; and liaising with independent investigators.
    • Sifiso Learning Group – on the drafting a sale of shares agreement and simultaneous intellectual property assignment and licensing agreement in respect of the Group's acquisition of an existing educational facility; on advising the Group in respect of its brand strategies, as it launches its ed-tech focussed Future Nation Schools in South Africa; on drafting non-disclosure, publishing, and independent contractor agreements.
    • Bryte Insurance (Pty) Ltd (formerly Zurich SA) – on its rebranding strategy in South Africa and Botswana on the back of its acquisition by Fairfax Financial Holdings for USD 128 million in 2016.
    • Various confidential clients -  on advising various clients in respect of the most efficient tax and intellectual property re-structuring of their business.  In doing so, working closely with our tax and corporate teams, as well our offices across the globe to provide tailor-made solutions that suit our client's individual business needs.
    • Zurich Insurance Company Ltd – on restraining the unauthorised use of the ZURICH trade mark by the company Zurich Angola Seguros S.A. in Angola in relation to insurance services.
    • Bureau International De Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) – on providing pro bono services in respect of trade mark infringement and passing-off proceedings in respect of the MEDICINS SANS FRONTIERES / DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS trade mark in the name of Bureau International De Medecins Sans Frontieres by Doctors Across Borders NPC.
  • Admissions
    • Attorney, qualified in South Africa 2014
  • Publications
  • Memberships and activities
    • Fellow of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Lawyers, November 2014