Ian Jacobsberg is a partner at Hogan Lovells (South Africa) Inc. His skill-set includes giving advice on competition law, franchising, product distribution, advertising and sponsorship, and the protection and licensing of intellectual property and branding.
He acts for numerous South African and international household names in the franchising industry and has prepared franchise and related agreements for franchises in diverse industrial and commercial sectors.
When it comes to competition law, Ian has assisted in obtaining clearances of mergers in diverse industries, which include mining, IT, consumer goods, consulting services and steel production. He also regularly advises clients in regard to allegations of prohibited practices, including price fixing, market division and abuses of dominance. His clients include multinational companies in the petrochemicals, automotive and security industries.
Ian also provides advice on regulatory matters to numerous clients in regulated industries such as pharmaceuticals, education and aviation.
He has advised many international companies on the protection of foreign intellectual property rights in South Africa, including trademarks, copyright and know-how. This includes drafting of licensing agreements and assignments of all forms of intellectual property rights, both registered and unregistered.