Marius has nearly 20 years’ experience in the field of intellectual property, of which more than 15 years in an African environment. He is a lawyer at the Brussels and Mauritius bar.
He is a member of the EU Observatory on intellectual property right infringements, a member and past chairman of the ECTA Anti-Counterfeiting Committee and one of the Editors of the Oxford University Press Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice.
He is the co-editor of the Oxford University Press publication ‘Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights through Border Measures – Law and Practice in the EU’ (second edition June 2012 and third edition in progress), the African chapter of the ‘Research Handbook on cross-border enforcement of intellectual property rights’ of Paul Torremans (published by Edward Elgar), as well as of several articles and contributions on subjects related to the enforcement of IP rights. Marius has also written an article on Mauritius as an investment platform for Africa.
He is a graduate of the University of Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium) and holds Master’s degrees from University College London (Master’s in EU law – UK) and the Katholieke Universiteit Brussel (Master’s in IP – Belgium). He is a regular speaker at conferences on intellectual property law in Europe and Africa. He has served as a consultant on WIPO and EU missions to Africa and beyond and is a recognized expert for WCO training courses (Brussels – Belgium), the Forum Institut and at the Academy of European Law (ERA – Trier, Germany).
Marius works for several national and international clients with a focus on Europe and Africa.
He is fluent in English, French, Dutch and German.
Annabelle Thonet is an attorney-at -law at the Brussels Bar and registered as foreign lawyer at the Mauritius Bar. She has been working for IPvocate Africa since 2014.
She holds a law degree (University of Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium) and a Master’s degree in comparative economic law (Panthéon – Sorbonne, France). After working more than 10 years for a German bank in Brussels where she has held several positions including that of Country Product Manager for the Benelux, Annabelle has joined the team of Marius Schneider in Brussels in 2011 and has been working for the Mauritius office since 2014 where she is also Office Manager of IPvocate Africa. She works in French and English and speaks Dutch and German fluently..
Kelly Atioune works as a lawyer with IPvocate Africa since October 2013. She graduated from Droopnath Ramphul College and holds a Bachelor of Laws (with Honours) Degree from the University of Mauritius. She has a rich working experience in the legal and marketing field. Before joining IPvocate Africa, Kelly developed her legal skills in the Mauritian team of a French IP law firm. Kelly has a keen interest in languages (band 8 of the IELTS examination) and works fluently in French and English. She has a basic knowledge of Mandarin.
Surishta Chetamun is a lawyer at IPvocate Africa since February 2014. She studied at Gaetan Raynal State College and holds a Bachelor of Laws (with Honours) Degree from the University of Mauritius. Surishta successfully participated in many moot court competitions and debates: she won the debate competition organised by the Law Society of the University of Mauritius, the Best International Brief Medal in the PN Bhagwati International Moot Court Competition organised by the Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University in India and participated in the First National Schools Moot Court Competition organised by the University of Pretoria. Surishta works in English and French. She has a good understanding of Hindi.
Danoushka Jérôme is a lawyer at IPvocate Africa. She studied at Ebene State Secondary School and holds a Bachelor of Laws (with Honours) Degree from the University of Mauritius. Danoushka has started her career as a compliance officer in a global bank where she has developed numerous skills. Danoushka is currently completing a Masters in International Business Law with a major in International Intellectual Property Law. She is also a holder of a Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Francaise C1 and has elementary knowledge of German. She works in English and French.
Dulvashee Lobin works with IPvocate Africa as a lawyer. She studied at Gaëtan Raynal State College and holds a joint degree in BA (Hons) Economics and Law from the University of Mauritius. Before joining IPvocate Africa, Dulvashee has worked in an accountancy firm, where she developed an excellent know-how of the accounting and administrative field. She is currently completing an LLM in International Business Law from Middlesex University. Dulvashee is fluent in English and French.