Dennemeyer & Associates:
5 years in Africa
As Dennemeyer celebrates its 60th Anniversary, the South African office commemorates its 5th!
The Johannesburg-based full-service IP law firm offers drafting, filing, prosecution, annuity, renewal and enforcement services for patents, trademarks and designs. The team can also advise on copyright issues, licensing and IP valuations.
A message from Gorka Hermann (Managing Director - Associates):
“The 5-year anniversary of our Dennemeyer Africa Practice marks an important milestone for our office in Africa. Congratulations to Christophe van Zyl, Robyn Merry and the entire team for building Dennemeyer in South Africa and across the African continent and helping it thrive. With great pride in what we have achieved, I look forward to the continued growth of our African Practice, as it represents an important cornerstone of our global strategy.”
What makes Dennemeyer & Associates South Africa special?
Dennemeyer & Associates South Africa is unique in that one partner, Robyn Merry, is based in Johannesburg, whereas the other partner, Christophe van Zyl, is located in the Luxembourg headquarters of the Dennemeyer Group.
Members of the Africa Practice Group can meet clients face to face in both South Africa and Europe on any matter concerning IP in Africa. We provide active synchronization of clients' IP law issues in Europe and Africa.
Dennemeyer & Associates South Africa recently became one of the very few law firms on the African continent to achieve the internationally recognized standard for Quality Management Systems (QMS).
This certification acknowledges the law firm's sophisticated and streamlined processes, commitment to continually improving services, dedication to high-quality results and consistent performance.
As a global law firm, the South African team relies on several centralized support services, which results in a lean, plug-and-play setup.
On the ground, the focus is on local expertise, where IP assistants Nomaswazi Kubheka, Jenáy Nichols, Maria Chirwa and office assistant Nelisile Ngema form the backbone of the paralegal and support operations. Other aspects, such as the team's docketing, are provided by Dennemeyer's office in India.
Meet the attorneys
Christophe van Zyl
Christophe van Zyl is a South African Attorney (2008) and Trade Mark Practitioner (SAIIPL 2009) with more than 15 years of experience in trademark filing, prosecution and enforcement, as well as operations and business management of IP services.
Christophe focuses on assisting Dennemeyer’s global clients navigate the South African and wider African trademarks landscape, helping them manage their local and global trademark portfolios in a cost-effective, digital and efficient manner.
For more information, reach out to Christophe at
firstname.lastname@example.org or +352 276115-376.
Backed by more than 15 years of in-house and private practice, Robyn Merry has extensive knowledge in patent and design filing, prosecution and maintenance, as well as IP litigation and agreements.
As a co-founding partner at Dennemeyer & Associates South Africa, Robyn focuses on assisting Dennemeyer's global clients navigate the patent and design landscape in South Africa and the whole African continent. Robyn helps local South African clients manage their local and global portfolios cost-effectively, digitally and efficiently.
For more information, reach out to Robyn at
email@example.com or +27114808605.