Kelly Thompson

Kelly Thompson

Kelly Thompson

Partner

Trade Mark Attorney

About

  • Specialisation

  • Bio

    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. She also specialises in advertising law and disputes. She graduated from the University of Stellenbosch with a Bachelor of Arts in 1996, and acquired her LLB in 1998 from the same institution. Thompson is a member of the Legal Practice Council, and a fellow of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL). She has served as Chairperson of the trade mark litigation section of Adams & Adams and has contributed to numerous publications on various aspects of trade mark law.


  • Academic

    • BA – University of Stellenbosch | 1996
    • LLB – University of Stellenbosch | 1998


  • Qualifications

    • Admitted Attorney | 2001
    • Trade Mark Practitioner | 2001


  • Credentials

    • Legal Practice Council – Member
    • South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL) – Member of the
    • SAIIPL Copyright Law Committee
    • SAIIPL Senior Domain Name Dispute Adjudicator

    Accolades:

    • WIPR Leaders 2016 – 2018
    • WIPR Trade Mark & Patent Directory – 2017
    • MIP IP Stars – Trademarks | 2017, 2018, 2019
    • Global IP Stars – Top 250 Women in IP | 2018
    • Best Lawyers: Intellectual Property Law – South Africa | 2018, 2019
    • Finance Monthly Law Awards: Outright winner, Advertising and Marketing – Law Firm of the Year, South Africa | 2018
    • WTR 1000 – Silver: Trademark Litigation | 2018, 2019
    • Chambers Global: Ranked Band 3 Lawyer | 2016 – 2019