Gaelyn Scott

South Africa

150 West Street
Sandton, Johannesburg
South Africa

Tel: +27 83 632 1445


Gaelyn Scott is an executive at ENSafrica. She heads up the firm’s intellectual property department. Gaelyn specialises in strategic brand management and the enforcement of IP rights, both locally and internationally, with extensive experience in Africa.

She is experienced in litigation and dispute resolution relating to IP rights, including trade mark infringement, passing-off and unlawful competition matters, trade mark oppositions, copyright litigation, franchising and licensing disputes, corporate name and domain name objections and Advertising Standards Authority complaints. She is a leading expert in the ASA field in South Africa.

Gaelyn advises clients in relation to the management and enforcement of their IP portfolios and manages several large worldwide trade mark portfolios, having significant experience in the insurance, banking and FMCG sectors. She provides legal services to several clients on a pro bono basis and is an adjudicator on the domain name dispute panel of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law. Gaelyn has been published widely in her field of expertise, both locally and internationally.

Gaelyn has been rated as a leading practitioner in the field of trade mark enforcement and contentious IP matters and is recognised as a leading/recommended lawyer by:

  • Chambers Global Guide 2018, 2017, 2016 – Intellectual Property (South Africa)
  • Client Choice Awards 2018, 2017 – Intellectual Property: Trade marks (South Africa)
  • World Trademark Review’s 2017 WIPR Leaders – Leading IP practitioner (South Africa)
  • The 2018 and 2017 Acritas Stars Database and Report
  • The Legal 500 EMEA 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 – Intellectual Property (South Africa)
  • Managing IP: Top 250 Women in IP 2018, 2016
  • Managing IP: IP Stars Handbook 2018, 2016 – Trade marks (South Africa)
  • The Inaugural World IP Review WIPR Leaders 2016 – Trade Marks (South Africa)
Intellectual property (IP), broadly speaking, refers to a class of intangible assets that result from a person’s intellectual or creative effort. South African law recognizes various forms of statutory IP, namely trade marks, patents, copyright, designs and plant breeders’ rights, as well as certain non-statutory or common law forms of IP, including know-how, proprietary and confidential information, trade secrets and common law trade mark rights. As far as the statutory IP is concerned, South African law provides for registration of all forms of such IP, except copyright, which, with the exception of copyright in cinematographic films, is not capable of being registered in this country.

ENSafrica has a full service IP department, with specialist lawyers in each area of IP law and we are therefore able to provide advice on all aspects of IP law ranging from protection, registration and maintenance of IP, to enforcement, licensing and exploitation of IP rights, throughout the world with specialist expertise across the African continent. Furthermore, our IP Department does not operate within a silo but consults, wherever necessary, with the other departments at ENSafrica to ensure that we understand our client’s commercial needs, and are able to match these with comprehensive and commercially appropriate IP solutions.

ENSafrica’s is Africa’s largest law firm with over 600 practitioners and more than 200 years of experience. The firm offers specialist expertise through its fully integrated offices across Southern, West and East Africa and Mauritius, which spans all commercial areas of law, tax, forensics and intellectual property.


“Gaelyn Scott is highly regarded for her exceptional track record in the trade mark space, with a noteworthy reputation for handling significant trade mark portfolios. Clients recognise her as having “a huge knowledge of the law in this sector” and laud her “very proactive” approach.”
Chambers & Partners