Encouraging & protecting creativity & innovation

Encouraging & protecting creativity & innovation

Encouraging & protecting creativity & innovation


Bruce Lister Incorporated is a niche law practice specialising in trade marks, copyright, franchises, licenses, commercialisation of intellectual property and related commercial agreements.
It strives to encourage and protect creativity and innovation, to give excellent, effective, personalised service and to develop long term relationships with clients.
About Bruce
Bruce Lister is a qualified conveyancer, notary and attorney and is a Fellow of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Lawyers.

He graduated from the University of Cape Town with a Bachelor of Business Science (Honours) and Bachelor of Laws and has been practising since 2001, initially with a large, intellectual property specialist firm, where he was a partner for six years, and under Bruce Lister Inc since 2011.

Bruce has been involved with trade mark filings, prosecution, recordals (transfers of trade marks), foreign exchange transactions involving intellectual property and trade mark valuations. He also has significant experience in:

  • Copyright issues
  • Franchises
  • Licenses
  • IT related agreements
  • Commercialisation of intellectual property and related
    commercial agreements.
Bruce is published in these fields and has presented at numerous conferences, both locally and internationally. He has also been interviewed on national radio and television as a subject matter expert.

He has worked directly with multinational and South African Stock Exchange listed clients, in addition to smaller profile clients.

Bruce is currently a member of the South African Law Society and Law Society of the Northern Provinces. In addition he is a member and previous board member of the Licensing Executives Society (LES) of South Africa (the local branch of a fourteen thousand strong international society), and was on the organising committee for the international LES conference held in Sandton in 2010. Bruce is also a member of the International Federation of Intellectual Property Lawyers (FICPI).

Services offered

Trade marks

Trade mark searches, filing and all aspects related to trade marks.


All aspects related to copyright, including ensuring that you own it and are adequately protected in agreements.

IT agreements

Prepared and vetting IT agreements and IT legal advice in general.


Licence advice to licensors and licensees, including preparing license agreements and related documents, vetting and commenting on agreements and various other aspects related to licensing such as foreign exchange issues.

IP Commercialisation

All aspects of intellectual property commercialisation, from start up to ensuring there is effective use of your intellectual property.


Franchise advice to franchisors and franchisees, including preparing franchise agreements and related documents, vetting and commenting on agreements and various other related aspects to franchising.

Commercial Agreements

Commercial advice related to intellectual property specifically and all aspects of commercial activity generally.


Valuation of intellectual property and related services.

other services

Other services are offered on an ad hoc basis. Please contact Bruce if you have further requirements.


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Contact Details

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Bruce Lister Inc

Registration number : 2011/100973/21

Tel : 012 111 9796
Cell : 082 450 6037
Email : bruce@brucelister.co.za

Physical address:
Egret Place, Hillcrest Office Park,
189 Lunnon Road,
Hillcrest, Pretoria, 0083