TRADE MARK AND COPYRIGHT PROFESSIONALS

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  • Alicia Kabini

    Alicia Kabini is a Partner in the trade mark enforcement department. She specialises in trade mark litigation, including domain name disputes, company name objections, ASA disputes and passing off matters. She also has experience in anti-counterfeiting matters.

  • Alicia van der Walt (née Castleman)

    Alicia has extensive practical experience in trade mark prosecution matters including conducting trade mark clearance, availability, registrability and infringement searches and attending to trade mark recordal, prosecution and maintenance matters in South Africa, Africa and various other territories throughout the world.

  • Amina Suliman

    Amina is an admitted attorney, notary public and conveyancer as well as a qualified trade mark practitioner. She is a member of the Legal Practice Council and a fellow of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law.

  • Bilkis Daby

    Bilkis is a partner in the Trade Marks Department, holding a LLB degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. 

  • Blain de Villiers

    Blain de Villiers is a partner in the Trade Marks Department, a top-tier ranked attorney and Trade Mark Practitioner, with over 20 years’ worth of experience.

  • Dale Healy

    Dale Healy is a partner in the firm’s Trade Mark Litigation section. He was admitted as an attorney in 2005 and became a Fellow of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property law in the same year.

  • Darren Olivier

    An experienced intellectual property advisor with over 20 years experience gained in local and international law firms as well as in-house. Especially interested in IP management (primarily brands), prosecution, commercialisation and enforcement in Africa but worked for a decade in London, focusing on Europe.

  • Debbie Marriott

    Debbie Marriott is a Partner in the Trade Mark Litigation department, and is admitted as a Solicitor in the UK in addition to being a South African Attorney.

  • Eugene Honey

    Eugene Honey has specialized in Trade Marks and Copyright matters, as well as Commercial IP matters including Franchising and Licensing for approximately 25 years.

  • Gérard du Plessis

    Gérard du Plessis is a senior partner of the firm and has served as the Chairman of Adams & Adams from 2013 to date. Prior to that he also served for a number of years as Trade Mark Department Co-Chairman(litigation).

  • Godfrey Budeli

    Godfrey Budeli is one of the partners in Trade Mark Litigation section with 14 years’ post admission experience and is currently heading up the Anti-Counterfeiting team.

  • Jan-Harm Swanepoel

    Jan-Harm is a Senior Associate in the Anti-Counterfeiting Department. He obtained his LLB from the University of Johannesburg, completed his articles and joined the Department of Justice as a public prosecutor in 2007.

  • Jani Cronjé

    Jani Cronjé is a partner in the firm’s Trade Mark Litigation department. She specialises in trade mark oppositions and cancellations, trade mark infringement and passing-off disputes, domain name complaints, ASA complaints and copyright infringement matters.

  • Jenny Pienaar

    Jenny is a partner in the Adams & Adams Trade mark Department. Her areas of practice include trade mark litigation, domain name registration and securing domains from unlawful proprietors, as well as litigation relating to copyright, passing-off, unlawful competition, company name objections and related issues.

  • Johan du Preez

    I am a lawyer specializing in Intellectual Property Protection in South Africa and African with particularly expertise in all areas of Trade Mark Law, from brand creation, clearance searches; local, African and overseas trademark filings strategies, filing for the protection through the entire process to registration and certain areas of the practice including the running of maintenance programs to commercialization and licensing of intellectual property.

  • Joseph Goedhals

    Joseph Goedhals is a partner in the Trade Marks Department, holding B Com (Law) and LLB (Tuks) degrees.

  • Kareema Shaik

    Kareema Shaik is a partner in the Trade Mark Litigation department specialising in litigation relating to trade marks, copyright, passing-off, unlawful competition, domain name disputes and company and business name objections.

  • Kelly Thompson

    Kelly Thompson, a Partner in the trade mark litigation group at Adams & Adams, is an experienced, top-tier ranked attorney and trade mark practitioner. With 19 years of post-qualification experience, Thompson advises some of the world’s top multi-national organisations on the protection and enforcement of their brands and other intellectual property in Africa.

  • Kim Rampersadh

    Kim has garnered experience advising clients on a wide range of IP enforcement issues in South Africa and abroad. Her focus includes trade mark and copyright litigation, passing-off matters, company name objections, domain name disputes and advising on advertising law.

  • Lauren Ross

    Lauren has practical experience in trade mark prosecution matters including conducting trade mark clearance, availability, registrability and infringement searches, all aspects of trade mark registration and portfolio management. Lauren has 12 years of post qualification experience and the focus of her work is in South Africa and Africa.

  • Lita Miti-Qamata

    Lita was admitted as attorney in 2010. She holds an LLB degree from University of Western Cape. Her areas of practice include brand enforcement and trade mark prosecution including, infringement, and opposition proceedings, domain name disputes, company and close corporation name objections, trade mark searches, filings, assignments. She also has experience in anti-counterfeiting.

  • Lucy Signorelli

    Lucy Signorelli is a partner in the firm’s Trade Mark Prosecution department specialising in recordals across the world. She also has extensive experience in trade mark litigation, including copyright, trade mark, unlawful competition and passing off issues, and was one of the partners heading up the Anti-Counterfeiting team from 2010 to 2018.

  • Mandy Swanepoel

    Mandy has extensive experience in trade mark, copyright and advertising litigation, having been in practice with Adams & Adams for over 10 years. Along with infringement, unlawful competition and passing off matters, she also handles domain name disputes and company name objection.

  • Mariëtte du Plessis

    Mariëtte du Plessis is currently a senior partner in the Trade Mark Litigation section of the Trade Marks Department. She has been a partner of Adams & Adams since 1997 and is an experienced top-tier ranked IP attorney with 30 years of experience in IP.

  • Megan Moerdijk

    Megan Moerdijk, a partner in the trade mark prosecution group, is an experienced trade mark practitioner with a specialisation in African trade mark searching, filing and prosecution. 

  • Nelia Hickman

    Nelia Hickman holds BA LLB-degrees from Stellenbosch University and an Honours through UNISA. After a spell in general law and trade mark litigation, Nelia has specialized in trade mark prosecution work for over two decades.

  • Nicolette Biggar

    Nicolette Biggar is a Partner in the Trade Mark prosecution department in Pretoria. The focus of her practice is on Trade Mark protection (from application to registration) in Africa but she advises clients on protection outside of Africa as well.

  • Nishan Singh

    Nishan Singh is a qualified attorney and trade mark practitioner, who has been a partner of the firm since March 2012. Nishan advises some of the world’s top multi-national organisations on the protection and enforcement of their brands and related intellectual property in Africa.

  • Nishi Chetty

    Nishi is a Partner in the Trade mark Department. She practices at the Durban office and is one of the Managing Partners. Nishi served for seven years on the firm’s Management Committee as Branch Office Chairperson.

  • Nolwazi Gcaba

    Nolwazi has twenty one years post qualification experience in the field of trade mark law.  She has in the past focused in trade marks and copyright litigation including passing-off and unlawful competition. She advised clients from divergent industries including from the fashion and luxury goods, hospitality, fast moving consumer goods, sports, automotive, to name but a few.

  • Nondumiso Msimang

    Nondumiso Msimang is a Partner in the Trade Mark Prosecution department. Under the leadership of a Senior Partner, Ms Msimang advises clients from a wide range of industries, including pharmaceuticals, automotive, banking, consumer products, telecommunications, food and beverage, clothing, petroleum oil and paint industries.

  • Sajidha Gamieldien

    Sajidha is a partner in Adams & Adams’s Trade Mark Department.  She graduated with a BA(Hons) LLB from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2007 and has 8 years’ post qualification experience. 

  • Samantha Copeling

    Samantha is a partner in Adams & Adams’s Trademark Department.  She graduated with an LLB from Cape Town University in 1990 and has 25 year’s post qualification experience. 

  • Simon Brown

    At present, Simon is the Head of the Trade Mark Prosecution section, as well as Co-chairperson of the Trade Mark Department at Adams & Adams. Simon’s practice focuses largely on clearance investigations, filing and prosecution of trade mark cases and trade mark portfolio management throughout Africa and internationally.

  • Somayya Khan

    Somayya is a qualified attorney and trade mark practitioner who has worked in the legal field in the private and public sector in London, United Kingdom, prior to joining Adams & Adams in 2006.

  • Stephen Hollis

    Stephen Hollis is a specialist trade mark lawyer who advises local and international clients on brand protection and enforcement strategies with a specific focus on the African market. 

  • Steven Yeates

    Steven advises clients on all issues relating to trade mark selection, searching, registration and enforcement. He is actively involved in creating, implementing and managing trade mark portfolios, enforcement programmes and management strategies, on behalf of our international and local clients in a number of African countries.

  • Wensel Britz

    Wensel advises clients on trade mark portfolio management and registration strategies world-wide across various industries.

  • Werina Griffiths

    Ms Griffiths started her career in the firm’s Commercial Property and Litigation Department before joining the Trade Mark Litigation Department.

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  • Alissa Nayanah

    Alissa Nayanah joined Adams & Adams in 2012. She is a qualified Trade Mark Practitioner who specialises in trade mark prosecution and enforcement in South Africa and foreign territories.

  • Christoff Pretorius

    Christoff is an Associate in the Trade Mark Litigation Department at Adams & Adams.

  • Claire Bothma

    Claire is a senior associate in the Trade Mark Department at Adams & Adams. Claire has 11 years experience in trade mark portfolio management, searches, filing and the prosecution of trade mark applications, with particular emphasis on foreign and African trade marks.

  • Dakalo Luvhimbi

    Dakalo Luvhimbi is a Senior Associate in the Trade Mark Litigation department. She obtained her LLB degree from the University of KwaZulu Natal in 2008. She was admitted as an attorney in 2011. She is also a qualified member and fellow of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law.

  • Femke van Dyk

    Femke has experience in various aspects of intellectual property law and related fields, including trade mark litigation and prosecution matters, copyright, domain name disputes, anti-counterfeiting and labelling.

  • Kagisho Manyashi

    Kagisho started his career in Intellectual Property law as a Trade Mark Examiner at the South African Trade Marks Office.

  • Lisa van Zuydam

    Lisa van Zuydam is a qualified attorney and trade mark practitioner specialising in litigation relating to trade marks, copyright, passing-off, unlawful competition, domain name disputes, company and business name objections and advertising and regulatory issues in South Africa and Africa.

  • Lize-Mari van Dyk

    Lize-Mari van Dyk is a qualified attorney and trade mark practitioner specialising in litigation relating to trade marks, copyright, passing-off, unlawful competition, domain name disputes and company name objections.

  • Mohamed Jameel Hamid

    Mohamed Jameel Hamid is a qualified attorney and trade mark practitioner specialising in litigation relating to trade marks, copyright, passing-off, unlawful competition, domain name disputes and company and business name objections.

  • Nicholas Rosslee

    Nicholas Rosslee is an intellectual property lawyer based in the Adams & Adams Sandton office. He is passionate about the commercialisation of intellectual property and writes regularly for the Adams & Adams IPLive Blog.

  • Nicole Haworth

    Nicole Haworth is a Senior Associate at Adams & Adams, with seven years’ experience in trade mark litigation.

  • Nicole Smalberger

    Nicole advises clients from a wide range of industries, including, for example, the automotive, construction, telecommunications, entertainment, and IT industries, in relation to the protection and enforcement of their brands and intellectual property rights in Africa.

  • Robyn Müller-Mabuza

    Robyn Müller-Mabuza is a senior associate to Debbie Marriott in the trade mark litigation department. She attained her LLB degree from the University of the Witwatersrand.

  • Therése Davis

    Therése specialises in the searching, filing, prosecution, registration and portfolio management of trademarks, with a strong focus and experience not only relating to the territories on the African continent, but worldwide.

  • Udi Pillay

    Udi Pillay is a Senior Associate in the Trade Mark Department at Adams & Adams in Durban.

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  • Cheslin Petersen

    Cheslin Petersen is an Associate in the Trade Mark Litigation department and specialises in civil and criminal litigation in relation to Anti-Counterfeiting in South Africa. He is an admitted attorney and holds an LLB (Summa Cum Laude) degree from the University of the Western Cape (UWC).

  • Chiraag Maharaj

    Chiraag has practical experience in trade mark prosecution matters including conducting trade mark clearance, availability and registrability searches, all aspects of trade mark registration and portfolio management. She is an admitted attorney and a member of the Legal Practice Council.

  • Daniëlle van Rooyen

    Danielle is an associate in the Trade Mark Litigation department. She specialises in IP commercialisation, with her focus areas ranging from trade mark searches, filings & trade mark prosecution to brand enforcement and IP due diligence including, infringement and opposition proceedings, domain name disputes and company name objections.

  • Esmé van Rooyen

    Esmé is a qualified attorney and trade mark practitioner specialising in trade mark prosecution matter. Esmé has also been involved in trade mark litigation relating to trade marks, copyright, passing-off, domain name disputes, company name objections and advertising and regulatory issues in South Africa.

  • Kim Erasmus

    Kim is an Associate to Lauren Ross in the Trade Mark Prosecution department. Her areas of practice include trade mark searching and filing both locally and internationally. She completed her LLB degree at the University of the Western Cape.

  • Lebohang Mosala

    Lebohang Mosala is an Associate in the Trade Mark Prosecution Department. She has experience in conducting trade mark availability searches, filing trade mark applications and further prosecution thereof. Duties also include providing opinions relating to copyright matters.

  • Maureen Makoko

    Maureen is an admitted Attorney working in the Trade Mark department. She specialises in trade mark prosecution, brand enforcement as well as litigation which includes name objection, opposition infringement matters.

  • Michael Lamont

    Michael is an Associate in the Anti-Counterfeiting team, specialising in the training of Customs and Police Officials in Africa on product identification and procedures in terms of the respective countries legislation.

  • Neale Christy

    Neale’s practice incorporates both trade mark prosecution and litigation. He specialises in trade mark oppositions and cancellations, trade mark infringement and passing-off disputes, domain name complaints, ASA complaints and copyright infringement matters.

  • Sisipho Ngoma

    Sisipho Ngoma is an Associate in the trade mark litigation department of Adams & Adams.

  • Thembani Nkabinde

    Thembani is an Associate in the Trade Mark Department in Pretoria.

  • Vianca McCall

    Vianca is an Associate in the Trade Mark Department. She is an admitted attorney and holds an LLB and LLM in commercial and business law.

  • Whitney Lee Govender-Williams

    Michael is an associate in the Commercial, Property and Litigation department in Pretoria. He is a litigation attorney, practicing as such in Road Accident Fund claims, Medical Malpractice, Professional Negligence, Unlawful arrest and detention, as well as other Personal Injury Claims.

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