Alexis Apostolidis

Alexis Apostolidis

Alexis Apostolidis

Partner & Head of Competition Law Group

Patent Attorney


  • Specialisation

  • Bio

    Alexis Apostolidis is a partner in the patent litigation practice of Adams & Adams and heads the competition law department of the firm. He is well versed in all aspects of patent law and specialises in opinion work and patent litigation in the life sciences, agrochemical, petrochemical, IT and consumer goods sectors. He has successfully litigated on behalf of originator pharmaceutical companies, OEM German car manufacturers, banks and television content providers. Alexis’ practice also extends to litigation concerning design registrations, the licensing of IP and regulatory matters in the life sciences sector. He advises and represents clients in litigious work in a number of African countries.

    Alexis is a leading expert on the interface between competition law and intellectual property in South Africa, having dealt with the competition law aspects of the enforceability of intellectual property rights to the Supreme Court of Appeals in South Africa. He has represented clients both before the South African Competition Commission and Competition Tribunal.

  • Academic

    • Bachelor of Science (Chemistry and Law) – University of the Witwatersrand, SA | 1999
    • Bachelor of Laws (Cum Laude) – University of the Witwatersrand, SA | 2002
    • Postgraduate Degree in European Competition Law (With Merit) – King’s College, University of London. | 2012

  • Qualifications

    • Qualified Patent Attorney | 2004
    • Admitted Attorney | 2002

  • Credentials

    Alexis has been internationally recognised in several peer-selected reviews. He is an active member of the International Bar Association, AIPPI and is a member of FICPI. He has been cited in peer review publications such as IAM’s Patent 1000 2015: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners; Who’s Who Legal – Patents 2015 and Finance Monthly Global Awards 2014 – Litigation Lawyer, South Africa.

    • Who’s Who Legal Ranking – Patents | 2017, 2018
    • Lawyer International Legal 100 – Intellectual Property Lawyer of the year, South Africa | 2018
    • Lawyer International Legal 100 – Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Sector | 2018
    • IAM Patent 1000 | 2017
    • MIP IP All Stars | 2017, 2018, 2019
    • Law International Global Awards – IP Lawyer of the Year South Africa | 2018, 2019
    • Law International Legal 100 – IP Lawyer of the Year South Africa | 2018
    • The Legal Practice Council (LPC) – Member
    • South African Institute of Intellectual Property (SAIIPL) – Student Member
    • IFLR – Patent Expert Guide | 2019
    • Best Lawyers – Lawyer of the Year Competition & Anti-trust Law, South Africa | 2019