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Adams & Adams

Intellectual Property

9 ranked lawyersBand 1South AfricaGlobal 2021 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Highly regarded for its ability to handle a broad array of significant IP matters for a portfolio of blue-chip clients. Offers impressive IP-related experience across a wide range of industries, with noteworthy proficiency advising clients from the food and beverage, retail, banking, education and chemical sectors. Particularly well respected for its strength in trade mark issues, with notable expertise in both contentious and non-contentious concerns. Offers clients invaluable knowledge of IP regulatory regimes and other considerations concerned with operating in various African jurisdictions through its Adams.Africa Advisory function. Headquartered in Pretoria with additional bench strength in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.


One client asserted: "I would give them a ten out of ten. I absolutely lean on them and they come through. They consistently explore new ways of doing things and assisting me."

Other sources state: "They are fantastic and work to a high standard," and similarly note: "Their expertise is exceptional."

Work highlights

Assisted PayPal with investigations and oppositions against two trade mark applications in South Africa which the client already used internationally.

Notable practitioners

Danie Dohmen operates a practice primarily focused on patents and designs. He handles both contentious and non-contentious matters, including representation in instances of infringement, with IP commercialisation being another area of particular strength.

Darren Olivier is well recognised in the space for his work on IP commercialisation and portfolio management. He is often instructed to advise on matters beyond South Africa's borders and has notable experience in the sports industry.

Chair of the firm Gérard du Plessis is valued by clients, who say: "He is extremely knowledgeable in trade marks and is both practical and pragmatic. It is nice to come up with strategies with him."

Jenny Pienaar provides her clients with wide-ranging trade mark expertise, encompassing registration, enforcement and protection. She is additionally respected for her contentious copyright work.

Kelly Thompson maintains her high standing in the area of trade mark litigation, representing clients in opposition and enforcement proceedings. She acts for a number of notable domestic and international technology and manufacturing clients.

Mariëtte du Plessis is an accomplished IP practitioner with notable trade mark opposition and copyright registration experience. Clients say: "She is highly acclaimed as a copyrights attorney and trade mark litigator. She is solid and well respected among peers."

Russell Bagnall is endorsed by clients as being "fantastic and exceptionally good," as well as "knowledgeable, professional and on top of his game." He enjoys a distinguished reputation for his patent litigation work, handling some of the most notable cases in the jurisdiction, with further activity assisting with prosecution and registration.

Simon Brown co-chairs the firm's trade mark group and garners praise from clients who commend him as a "top-flight" and "pragmatic" practitioner. His expertise extends across a broad array of trade mark-related issues, such as applications, renewals and prosecution.

Based in Cape Town, Steven Yeates has the appreciation of his clients, one saying: "I always approach him and get amazing responses."He provides advice on trade mark searching, filing and prosecution mandates.

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Adams & Adams is a leading South African law firm and is best known for having the largest trade mark & patent law practices in South Africa and on the continent of Africa. The firm’s Intellectual Property law practices work with clients around the globe and across many industries to protect, enforce and commercialise their intellectual property including and . The firm currently has 93 attorneys, including 57 partners and 36 associates and consultants who specialise in IP. Many of the IP professionals at the firm are actively involved with various statutory and institutional committees, both locally and internationally. Adams & Adams is highly regarded for the depth of its IP expertise by clients and competitors alike, and has managed to continue to provide high quality, cost-effective services despite being faced with so many new challenges during the Covid-19 Pandemic.


Brown, Simon (Head of Department)

du Plessis, Gérard (Head of Department)

Singh, NIshan (Head of Department)

Apostolidis, Alexis

Bagnall, Russell

Budeli, Godfrey

Galvad, Janice

Healy, Dale

Intellectual Property

Adams & Adams


Lynnwood Bridge

4 Daventry Street

Lynnwood Manor, Gauteng



South Africa


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Ranked Lawyers

Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

South Africa

Intellectual Property

Darren Olivier
Band 3
Gérard du Plessis
Eminent Practitioners
Jenny Pienaar
Band 4
Kelly Thompson
Band 3
Mariëtte du Plessis
Band 2
Simon Brown
Band 2

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