Simon Brown

Simon Brown

Simon Brown

Partner & Chairperson - Trade Marks Prosecution

Trade Mark Attorney


  • Specialisation

    Trade Marks

  • Bio

    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 for multi-national companies. Some of his key clients include Google Inc, Sun International, DGB (Pty) Limited and AB InBev.

    As well as being a lecturer in International Trade Mark Law for SAIIPL (South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law), Simon is actively involved in a number of committees for both SAIIPL and INTA (International Trade Mark Association).

    Simon is responsible for the development of the firms’ Africa Practice and Chairs the Africa Strategy Committee as well as the Africa IP Committee.  Simon is a contributing Author to the authoritative Adams & Adams Practical Guide to Intellectual Property in Africa, as well as the Lexis Nexis publication Practitioner’s Guide to Intellectual Property Law.

    He obtained an LLB in 1993 from the University of Pretoria and became a partner at Adams & Adams in 1998. Simon has been recognised as a leading practitioner in his field through peer-review listings with World Trade Mark Review (WTR 1000), Managing IP’s IP Stars programme, Who’s Who Legal (Trade marks).

  • Academic

    • BLC – University of Pretoria | 1991
    • LLB – University of Pretoria | 1993

  • Qualifications

    • Admitted Attorney | 1997

  • Credentials

    • The Legal Practice Council (LPC) – Member
    • South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL) – Fellow
    • SAIIPL – International Trade Mark Law – Lecturer
    • SAIIPL – International Treaties Committee – Chair
    • INTA (International Trade Mark Association) Africa & Middle East Legislative Analysis Committee – Chair
    • International Trademark Association (INTA) – Member
    • Black Lawyers Association – Member
    • Who’s Who Legal Ranking: Trademarks | 2016 – 2018
    • Chambers Global: Ranked Band 2 Lawyer | 2016 – 2018
    • MIP IP All Stars | 2017, 2018
    • WIPR – Listed in Trade Mark & Patent Directory | 2017, 2018, 2019
    • WTR 1000 – Tier 1 Ranked: Prosecution & Strategy | 2018
    • Legal 500 – Recommended IP Practitioner | 2018
    • Best lawyer – Intellectual property Law – South Africa | 2019