Director: Technology Transfer
Dr. Madelein Kleyn has more than 27 years international experience as intellectual property practisioner, patent attorney and in-house legal corporate counsel.
She is a qualified chemical engineer (BSc Chem Eng) , an admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa and a registered South African patent attorney. She holds a LLM in tax law and PhD in intellectual property law. Her technical expertise is in the area of petrochemicals, chemistry, process engineering, explosives and agriculture.
Madelein’s main areas of expertise include IP Portfolio management, IP policy and strategy development and implementation, IP Commercialization, IP litigation and patent and trademark oppositions.
She regularly advises on corporate governance and IP risk management and specialises in drafting and advising on IP-related business transactions, including technology transfer and licensing.
Madelein tutors part time for the World Intellectual Property Organisation e-learning programme on IP management. She is appointed as research associate and fellow of the Anton Mostert Chair of Intellectual Property, Stellenbosch University Faculty of Law an appointment recognizing proven specialised expertise. She moderates and teaches the patent and design module of the Anton Mostert Chair of IP LLM (intellectual property) course at Stellenbosch University.
Madelein has authored and presented various articles, papers and publications on IP matters internationally specifically on technology and IP licensing and commentaries on national IP related legislation. Since 2014 she is the co-editor of the journal “International Pharmaceutical Law”and is also a co-author of the South African Chapter of this publication. She publishes and edits the quarerly news brief for the South African Institute of Intellectual Property lawyers (SAIIPL) in South Africa.
She is a member of American Chemical Society, INTA (Global advisory committee for Africa and Program advisory council), LESI (Technology licensing Committee), LES SA (President) and SAIIPL.
Madelein was included in the IAM Strategy 300 – The World’s Leading IP Strategists 2015, 2016 and 2017 and featured in WTR300 World’s leading trademark professionals since 2016.