Managing Director Registered Patent Attorney
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world”– Mahatma Gandhi.
Tumelo is a black dynamic female patent attorney with extensive skills in various aspects of intellectual property, corporate and commercial law. Tumelo has more than 15 years working experience, with 13 years in the field of IP. Tumelo holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cape Town and an LLB degree from the University of South Africa. She worked as an engineer for a Denel SOC Ltd. This is where she obtained most of her technical experience.
After her stint at the weapons company, Tumelo joined the South African Government’s Innovation Fund (now known as Technology Innovation Agency), where she gained a lot of exposure on commercialisation of high-tech inventions in the field of electronics and the protection of IP. She joined Spoor & Fisher Attorneys and qualified as a first black African female patent attorney in South Africa.
She joined the South African Revenue Services (SARS) as an Intellectual Property Specialist. Her position included providing advice on claims for R&D allowances; identifying loopholes and tax avoidance schemes and suggesting potential solutions. She was also involved in assisting the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) in approving/disapproving applications received for the expatriation of IP. Tumelo continued with her career and honing her corporate, commercial and IP skills by joining Adams & Adams Law Firm and left at partnership level.
Tumelo joined Armscor SOC Ltd as a Senior Manager: Innovation. In this position, she established a division which was responsible for the management of IP and exploitation thereof. The IP is developed or acquired by Armscor, for and on behalf of the Secretary for Defence.
She is a member of the Law Society of the Northern Province and an Advisory Board member for National Intellectual Property Office – an agency for Department of Science and Technology. Tumelo is the first Black African Female to qualify as a Patent Attorney in South Africa.