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."
Assisted PayPal with investigations and oppositions against two trade mark applications in South Africa which the client already used internationally.
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.
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."
provides her clients with wide-ranging trade mark expertise, encompassing registration, enforcement and protection. She is additionally respected for her contentious copyright work.
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."
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.
co-chairs the firm's trade mark group and garners praise from clients who commend him as a "top-flight"
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.