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Ilse du Plessis

Ilse du Plessis



  • Commercial intellectual property
  • Copyright
  • Corporate commercial
  • anglophone africa

WSG Practice Industries


South Africa

WSG Leadership

INTA Group
Intellectual Property Group
Women's Professional Forum Group
Areas of Practice

anglophone africa | Commercial intellectual property | Copyright | Corporate commercial | Designs | Domain names | ENS Africa | Franchising | Intellectual property | intellectual property (IP) | International trade | Licensing | Plant Breeder Rights | Plant breeders' rights | Trade marks

Professional Career

Professional Activities and Experience

Ilse is a member of the following IP associations:

  • LES – Licensing Executives Society
  • INTA – International Trademarks Association - Publications Committee (2019 – 2021), Bulletins Committee (various terms)
  • SAIIPL–South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law – associate member


Confusingly Similar Trade Marks: What’s Happening in Europe?
ENSafrica, June 2021

We tend to keep an eye on trade mark developments in Europe. It makes sense because South African trade mark law is very similar to EU trade mark law and there’s far more activity in the EU. South African courts do, of course, often consider EU trade mark judgments. Here are a few recent cases:  Rounded curves, thicker lines and a horizontal orientation…was the judge’s mind wandering a little? This was an interesting one...

Fashion Nova vs Versace: The J.Lo Dress
ENSafrica, February 2020

In 2000, Jennifer Lopez debuted the much-publicised and spoken about Versace jungle pattern dress at the Grammy Awards. The dress offered surprisingly little coverage for a garment that comprised so much material. Some 20 years on, Versace is suing a company called Fashion Nova for selling a jungle pattern look-a-like. Versace’s complaint is that Fashion Nova’s dress will cause confusion, in the sense that the public will assume that it is connected with Versace...

Brexit: is it offensive?
ENSafrica, November 2017

The issue of offensive trade marks has been in the news quite a bit of late. Now, the European trade mark authorities have considered whether Brexit, the term used to describe the UK’s departure from the European Union, is a trade mark that might offend. It might seem like an unlikely trade mark, but clearly some people think that Brexit works as an indicator of commercial origin...

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