Ms. Claudia Berndt

Country/Region of practice
South Africa
About me

I am a South African patent attorney and a Director at Hahn & Hahn.  My background is in Chemical Engineering and I also hold a law degree. I joined Hahn & Hahn in 1999. My areas of practice include the drafting, filing and prosecution of patent applications for South African clients locally and abroad, preparing infringement and novelty opinions, conducting equivalent searches and filing and prosecuting Paris Convention and PCT national phase patent applications in South Africa. I speak English, German and Afrikaans fluently and am the current president of FICPI South Africa.  In my free time, I enjoy horse riding and playing golf as well as travelling which generally involves at least one skiing trip and one island trip per year.

Academic Qualifications

BEng (Chemical) - University of Pretoria

LLB - University of South Africa

Qualified Patent Attorney

Hobbies & Special Interests
Here's a list of Ms. Claudia Berndt's interests and hobbies
Exercise / Fitness
Wine Tasting / Collecting

Experience & Qualifications

Technical Specialisms
  • Industrial chemistry and chemical engineering
Professional Experience
  • Patent drafting
  • Patent prosecution
  • Registered design prosecution

Roles in FICPI

  • CET 2 Designs

    CET Group 2 is FICPI’s research authority on Design protection. Its main objective is to promote the discussion of the trending topics concerning Industrial Designs in different parts of the world, either in national or international level. CET 2’s body of experts are encouraged to bring to the awareness of the group of new guidelines or positions of different Offices that might affect how designs are protected, in which case CET 2 actively seeks to promote a dialogue with the register authority in order to assure that the views of the Practitioners worldwide is heard. In sum, the CET 2 Group should always be a leader, getting out in front of all issues concerning Design matters.

  • Member
  • English
  • German