- Ron Wheeldon Attorneys
Ron was born and educated in Zimbabwe, attending the then University of Rhodesia (formerly a College of the University of London) to obtain his Bachelor of Law (Hons.) degree. In 1982 he joined the IP firm Adams & Adams in Pretoria where he qualified as a South African attorney specialising in IP. He then moved to Johannesburg in 1992 to take up a position as trade mark partner with Webber Wentzel, ultimately heading the IP department of that firm and serving a term as a member of its board. In 2006 he formed his own boutique firm in Greenside, Johannesburg, which is still his place of work.
Having managed a number of large trade mark portfolios in Africa as a whole, and participated in committee work for INTA and BNEF, he developed a reputation for some expertise in African trade mark law. He was recognised in 2000 by the De Rebus magazine for the best legal article that year and was appointed to serve as a member of the Standing Advisory Committee - IP ("SAC-IP") which advises the Minister of Trade and Industry on IP law. Ron is also chairperson of the trade mark subcommittee of the SAC.
A keen pilot and historian, Ron has interests beyond IP, and is known for his airshow appearances in his Hawker Hunter jet fighter and general participation in aviation. He was recently appointed to the Board of the Recreation Aviation Association of South Africa ("RAASA") and is chairperson of the Johannesburg Light Plane Club, one of the oldest continually operating flying clubs in the world.