Our People

Karel Bredenkamp

Owner and Patent Specialist

Karel Bredenkamp

+27 82 416 5952

karel@ip-lawyer.co.za

Karel holds a B.Sc. Eng. (Electric and Electronic), B.Proc and has 21 years experience in the IP field in general patent, design, trademark prosecution and intellectual property litigation. Karel also advises in commercialisation of intellectual property including licence, manufacturing, development, software development, service level, distribution, franchise, technology transfer, supply and the like agreements. Karel is a past lecturer on the Drafting of Patent Specifications for trainee patent attorneys in South Africa. Karel is a fellow of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL) and member of the South African Licensing Executives Society (LES).

Mitzi Klobbie

Patent Specialist

Mitzi Klobbie

+27 82 566 3790

mitzi@ip-lawyer.co.za

Mitzi is a registered patent attorney who holds a BEng (Chemical Engineering) degree (University of Pretoria) as well as an LLB degree (UNISA). She has over seven years of experience in Intellectual Property Law practice and procedures, specifically in patents and registered designs. Mitzi deals with the preparation, filing and prosecution of patent and design applications both locally and internationally. She has experience in the mechanical and process engineering fields, as well as in a general technology field including software application systems and methods. Mitzi also has extensive experience in pre-grant and post-grant amendments of South African patents and patent applications to conform patent claims to South African practice, including in the pharmaceutical field. Mitzi was a guest lecturer at the Student Symposium of the South African Academy for Science and Arts in 2014. She is also a Fellow of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL).  

Feli Sibanda

General Admin Assistant

Brian Wimpey

Trademark Specialist

Brian Wimpey

+27 71 433 1317

brianwimpey@ip-lawyer.co.za

Brian Wimpey studied law at the University of the Witwatersrand and completed his B. Proc. and post-graduate LLB in 1983. He was admitted as an attorney in 1986, and has practised exclusively in intellectual property for 28 years. Brian was elected as a Fellow of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL) in 1991 after passing its specialist exams and was President of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property (SAIIPL) from 2009 to 2010. Since 1995, Brian has been a lecturer and examiner in respect of the group 1 trade mark exams offered by the Institute. He is currently a lecturer and examiner for the final year trade mark exams. Brian is a senior adjudicator of the ADR-ZA Domain Dispute Resolution Authority. Brian’s experience comes from a range of contentious and non-contentious trade mark, copyright and related work and he has run a number of interesting litigation matters before both the registrar of trade marks and the High Court for major international clients.

Joni Bornman

Office Manager

Joni Bornman

+27 12 731 1047

joni@ip-lawyer.co.za

Joni is the office manager at Bredenkamp Attorneys. One of her most important functions is to manage the firm’s relationship with the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC). Joni is also the personal assistant to Karel Bredenkamp. Joni lived in the United States of America for a year, and thereafter spent 4 years in London. Joni has 8 years of office administration and management experience. She has been with Bredenkamp Attorneys for 2 years and is an essential part of the team.  

Celesté Nel

Renewals Specialist

Celesté Nel

+27 12 731 1047

celeste@ip-lawyer.co.za

Celesté has been with Bredenkamp Attorneys since March 2015. She manages the renewals department at Bredenkamp Attorneys, overseeing the renewals of all patents, trademarks and registered designs that the firm has filed for local and international clients. Celesté is busy studying towards her LLB degree through the University of South Africa (UNISA). She has  5 years work experience, part of which was spent at a major law firm in South Africa.

Jodi Coxwell

Patent Specialist

Jodi Coxwell

Jodi has a BSc (Genetics and Molecular Biology), LLB and is a Registered Patent Attorney and admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa, with 19 years experience in the field of Intellectual Property Law. Jodi is a consultant to Bredenkamp IP and specialises in the drafting, filing and prosecution of patent applications both locally and internationally, as well as conducting due diligence, patentability and freedom to operate searches. While her technical area of expertise resides in the life sciences arena, she has developed a sound knowledge of a wide range of technical fields, having also represented clients in the pharmaceutical, agrochemical, mechanical, mining and IT industries. Although her main interest resides in Patent law and practice, Jodi’s practice experience also includes the preparation, filing and prosecution of registered design applications as well as providing general IP law advice on copyright and trademarks. Jodi is a Fellow of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law.