Louis van der Walt is a partner in the Patent Department of Adams & Adams and advises clients in relation to the preparation and filing of patent applications, registered design applications and plant breeders’ rights. Louis was awarded a B.Eng (Chemical) degree cum laude after completing his studies at the University of Pretoria in 1989. He worked for four years in industry as a chemical engineer involved with the operation and optimisation of plants for the production of nitric acid, ammonium nitrate and limestone ammonium nitrate, whilst studying towards his law degree part time. He served his articles at Adams & Adams, obtained his law degree from the University of South Africa in 1994 and was admitted as an attorney in 1997, in the same year also being registered as a patent attorney.
Louis works with clients ranging from individuals and small start-up companies to large corporations, universities and research institutions. He has extensive experience, built up over more than two decades, in filing and prosecuting patent applications, particularly in the petrochemicals field, registered design applications and plant breeders’ rights applications in many jurisdictions, although most of his plant breeders’ rights work relate to South African applications filed on behalf of foreign applicants. Louis was president of the South African National Association of FICPI and serves on the Patent Law committee and on the Plant Breeders’ Rights committee of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law. He has also served as lecturer, and still serves as moderator for one of the subjects administered by the South African Patent Examination Board.