copyrights south africa

COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT PROSECUTION

The principle of any kind of property is that the owner may use it as he wishes, and that nobody else can lawfully use it without his authorisation. This does not, of course, mean that he can use it regardless of the legally recognised rights and interests of other members of society. And similarly, the owner of copyright in a protected work may use the work as he wishes, and may prevent others from using it without his authorisation.

We are able to assist with clarifying the various rights of copyright, assisting you with disputes related to copyright claims, and international copyright matters. By working alongside you, your copyright lawyer affords an extra level of confidence, giving you the space and time to create, knowing that your rights will be defended in respect of:

  • Literary works
  • Musical works
  • Artistic works
  • Cinematograph films
  • Sound recordings
  • Broadcasts
  • Programme-carrying signals
  • Published editions
  • Computer programs
  • Motion pictures / film

Contact one of our copyright law professionals

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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