Hugh Moubray

South Africa

Spoor & Fisher
Building No. 13, Highgrove Office Park
Oak Avenue Centurion
Pretoria, South Africa

Tel: 27 12 676 1025
Fax: 27 12 676 1100


Hugh is the head of the Patent Litigation Department. He specialises in patent, design, technical copyright and unlawful competition litigation. Hugh has extensive litigation experience in a broad spectrum of fields including the mechanical, mining, metallurgical, electrical, chemical and pharmaceutical fields.

Fellow of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law.

Hugh is a lecturer in Practical Legal Problems for the Patent Examination Board.

Our team of over 20 registered patent attorneys handles not only the drafting and analysis of patent specifications but also the processing of incoming patent applications to be filed across Africa and the filing and prosecuting of patent applications through foreign associates in every country of the world. They also handle IP matters across all technical disciplines.

Our attorneys specialise in a range of industries including: electrical, electronics and software engineering, nanotechnology, biotechnology and life sciences, chemistry and chemical engineering, mechanical, civil and mining engineering.

We have separate teams focusing on:

  • Biotechnology and life sciences
  • Chemestry and chemical engineering
  • Mechanical, civil and mining engineering
  • Electrical, electronics andsoftware engineering
  • Nanotechnology

Each of these teams comprises professionals with the appropriate science and engineering qualifications, together with legal qualifications and experience.

Overview of Firm

Spoor & Fisher has been a specialist IP firm since its formation in 1920.  Since then it has developed into a firm of over 50 lawyers and IP specialists providing solutions across the full spectrum of intellectual property.

We assist our clients in obtaining and enforcing intellectual property rights throughout the world through our close relationships with overseas intellectual property agents and practitioners. We have close ties with registries and associates throughout the African continent.

Our focus has always been on building a firm that can rival the best in the world. As with any professional services firm, our capabilities are built around our team of professional advisors. Apart from the strength created by the size of our team and the diversity of skills that we offer, our team has:

  • a number of partners who have joined us after practising with distinction in Europe and North America;
  • a proud tradition of having been involved in many of the leading patent, trade mark and copyright cases in South Africa;
  • authored many of the leading textbooks on intellectual property law in South Africa; and
  • maintained its expertise at the leading edge of science and technology while expanding into new, exciting areas such as biotechnology and nanotechnology.
Hugh Moubray is “well respected and experienced” in patent litigation. Clients appreciate his broad outlook as well as his technical knowledge and understanding. 
Chambers Global, 2014