Dennemeyer & Associates:
Championing business success in Africa

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.




What makes Dennemeyer & Associates South Africa special?

Unique position

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.

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ISO Certification

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.  

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Experienced team

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.


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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 or +352 276115-376.


Robyn Merry

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 or +27114808605.