Derek Rumpff Harms SC is a senior advocate practising in South Africa and abroad. He is also an admitted solicitor of England & Wales. He has been practising 23 years at the Bar in South Africa, focusing on IP law after completing his studies at the specially designated IP law school which was established at Queen Mary & Westfield College, London University (in the 1990’s).
The editor has 23 years practice experience in hard and soft IP litigation: including Patents, Plant Breeders’ Rights (aka as plant patents –‘PBR’), Trade Marks, Designs, Copyright, Competition Law, Trade secrets, Publicity rights, Moral Rights etc. and related commercial litigation: motions, trials and appeals.
He has worked for (or acted against):
many major international pharmaceutical companies such as Novartis, Pfizer, Roche, Sanofi, Merck & Co, Johnson & Johnson, GlaxoSmithKline and AstraZeneca.
quite a lot of mechanical engineering companies, in particular in the mining and construction industries, both of which generate a lot of patent work.
numerous major international Brands e.g. from Coca Cola, Microsoft to GAP in passing-off matters, trade marks and advertising issues.
sport companies e.g. for the South African Rugby Union and an urgent case which concerned the soccer world cup (branding) when it was hosted by South Africa.
some major international companies involved in plant breeders’ rights, such as MONSANTO and PANNAR [and SENSAKO (in RSA)]. He has been counsel in the most of the PBR cases in South Africa.
Publishing = music/books – copyright.
He has managed, advised on, and appeared in cases (of which 30 plus have been officially reported) during the last 23 years in/before (among other tribunals):
The editor has been involved as contributor, author or editor in: