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With over 20 years of experience, Barbara Berdou has led Berdou Attorneys to tremendous growth throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

Barbara started her IP career in 1994 with a boutique IP law firm, that had been founded in South Africa during the 1870s. This was followed by a decade of practice in IP with a leading South African law firm that had been founded in 1868. Through her years of experience, she has grown a reliable Global legal network to ensure your Intellectual Property and Commercial legal service needs are met.


  • BProc (University of the Witwatersrand)
  • LLB (University of South Africa)
  • LLM (Intellectual Property) (University of South Africa)
  • WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organisation) advanced course on Intellectual Property, Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Cultural Expressions
  • Practicing Attorney
  • Notary Public

National memberships

  • Member of the Law Society of South Africa (LSSA)
  • Member of the Law Society of the Northern Provinces (LSNP)
  • Fellow of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL)

International memberships

  • Member of INTA (International Trade Mark Association)
  • Member of LES (Licensing Executive Society)
  • CITMA (The Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys)
  • FICPI (International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys)


  • 2018-19 Chairperson of the INTA (International Trade Mark Association) Indigenous Rights Committee
  • 2018-19 Co-chairperson of the INTA African Global Advisory Council
  • Past chairperson of the INTA Non-Traditional Marks MEASA Sub Committee
  • Past chairperson of the INTA Law and Regulation MEASA Sub Committee
  • Committee Member of the SAIIPL Plant Breeders’ Rights Committee/Biodiversity Act
  • Committee Member of the SAIIPL Competition Law/Franchising/Consumer Protection Committee
  • Committee Member of LES Copyright Committee
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