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PATENT ATTORNEYS

Our patent attorneys provide clients with a full range of legal services relating to the acquisition, enforcement and commercialisation of intellectual property rights.

These services include counsel and handling of transactions in cases involving patents, copyrights, trademarks, designs, licensing, and data security. The partners and associates in our intellectual property group also litigate these issues in courts across Africa. Adams & Adams is the largest IP firm in Africa and is ranked among the leading firms in Intellectual Property in the world.

What Is a Patent?

A patent provides the right to exclude others from making, using, selling, offering for sale, or importing the patented invention for the term of the patent. A patent is a limited property right the government gives inventors in exchange for their agreement to share details of their inventions with the public. Like any other property right, it may be sold, licensed, offered as security, or transferred. A patent is usually a right granted to anyone who invents any new, useful, and non-obvious process, machine, article of manufacture, or composition of matter. Similar rights can also apply to industrial designs and plant breeding.

Effect of a Granted Patent

A patent, when granted, confers upon the patentee in South Africa, for the duration of the patent (as long as it is maintained in force by the payment of the renewal fees), the right to exclude other persons from:

  • making,
  • using,
  • exercising,
  • advertising or selling, or
  • importing

the invention, so that he shall have and enjoy the whole profit and advantage accruing by reason of the invention. The grant of a patent also does not necessarily entitle a patentee to exploit the invention; it merely entitles him to exclude others from competing with him. The right to exploit depends upon whether or not prior rights are held by other parties.

How to Apply for a Patent

Our specialised patent attorneys are able to assist you throughout the patent application process, all the way through to patent registration. If you would like to get in touch with one of our patent attorneys for a discussion or consultation, please contact us. If you are not ready to make contact yet but would like more information about patent protection in general,download our brochure. Also, you may file a provisional patent application (but not a complete patent application!) without a patent attorney by contacting the Patent Office (CIPC) directly. However, do be aware that many self-filed provisional patent applications inadvertently limit the scope of protection which they provide and a self-filed provisional patent application will not in itself lead to a patent registration.

Adams & Adams Patent Services

The Adams & Adams patent attorneys are all qualified attorneys and patent agents, and all have engineering or science degrees. In addition, our professional assistants are fully qualified attorneys with technical degrees and are all in the process of qualifying as patent agents.

Our highly experienced team of experts and litigators is responsible for local patent and design filing; patent and design filings from abroad; patent and design filings in Africa; patent and design litigation; and patent and design recordal and renewals. The team is also able to assist inventors with the licensing of patents.

We proudly render a full range of patent legal services in a wide variety of technical fields such as biotechnology, chemical engineering, chemistry and pharmaceuticals, electrical and electronic engineering, mechanical engineering, plastics and polymer technology, computer technology and civil engineering.

Contact one of our patent law professionals

  • Alexis Apostolidis

    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.

  • Colin MacKenzie

    Colin MacKenzie’s involvement with intellectual property law spans three decades. Colin qualified as a mechanical engineer in 1982 and worked for a company specialising in the design and manufacture of military equipment.

  • Danie Dohmen

    Danie Dohmen is a partner at Adams & Adams in the patent litigation section. He specialises in patent, design, plant breeder’s rights and intellectual property agreement litigation, commercialisation and opinion work. Danie has for a number of consecutive years been ranked in tier 1 for patent litigation in South Africa.

  • Dario Tanziani

    Dario has over 30 years’ post-qualification and has represented a variety of multinational research based pharmaceutical companies in blockbuster drug patent litigation leading to landmark decisions in this field.

  • Dieter Welthagen

    Dieter is a partner in the Africa Section of the Patent Department, which is responsible for the filing and the prosecution of national patent and design applications in African countries (other than South Africa) and of regional patent and design applications at ARIPO and OAPI, for non-South African clients.

  • James Davies

    James is a patent attorney with an electronic and computer background, and with a genuine interest in these things and all things technological. James works in the patent department, mainly assisting local clients in filing and prosecution patent and design applications in South Africa and indeed all over the world.

  • Janice Galvad

    Janice Galvad is a Partner in and the Chairperson of the Patent Department at Adams & Adams. She has been a Partner at the firm since 2004.

  • Johnny Fiandeiro

    Johnny is a patent partner in the Johannesburg office of Adams & Adams. He has a BSc Eng (Electrical) from Wits University, and an LLB from UNISA.

  • Louis van der Walt

    Louis van der Walt is a partner in, and past Chairman of, the Patent Department of Adams & Adams and advises clients in relation to the preparation and filing of patent applications, registered design applications and plant breeders’ rights.

  • Nicky Garnett

    Nicky Garnett is the Head of the Africa Patents of the Patent Department, a position she has held since 2008. Nicky is originally from Zimbabwe and moved to South Africa in 2008.

  • Nthabisheng Phaswana

    Nthabisheng is a partner in the Africa Patent Department. She holds LLB and LLM (Mercantile Law) from the University of Pretoria. She was admitted as an attorney in 2005.

  • Philip Pla

    Philip Pla is a partner in the patent department in the firm’s Cape Town office.

  • Pieter Visagie

    Pieter is a registered patent attorney. His practice is focused on the drafting of patent specifications and the prosecution of patent applications both locally and abroad. In this respect, Pieter has had extensive exposure to the prosecution practices of the patent offices of most major foreign jurisdictions, including the United States Patent Office, the European Patent Office, the Chinese Patent Office, the Japanese Patent Office, the Australian Patent Office, etc.

  • Russell Bagnall

    Russell Bagnall has advised clients on several contentious issues involving pharmaceutical disputes between multinational and generic companies. He also advises pharmaceutical clients on a wide range of issues, including licence and distribution agreements, co-promotion agreements and regulatory issues.

  • Vishen Pillay

    Vishen has drafted and prosecuted patent and design applications on behalf of many South African Universities, Science Councils, US Fortune 500, and South African Top 100 companies.

  • Wilhelm Prozesky

    Wilhelm specialises in the management of foreign clients’ patent and design portfolios in South Africa. The majority of Wilhelm’s clients comprise a wide range of overseas-based multi-national enterprises.

  • Wynand Fourie

    Wynand Fourie is a partner in the firm’s patent department and holds an electronic engineering degree from the University of Pretoria together with a law degree.

  • 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.

  • Charleen Rupnarain

    Charleen specialises in Biotechnology and Life Science-related patent matters. She has a solid background in Intellectual Property Management in the public funding sector.

  • Deborah Marsicano

    Ms Marsicano is a patent attorney who specialises in domestic and international patent and design matters.

  • Kagisho Manyashi

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Ramon Pereira

    Ramon specialises in the management of foreign clients’ patent and design portfolios in South Africa within the Patent Overseas Filing Section, with the majority of his clients comprising a wide range of overseas-based multi-national enterprises.

  • Sophia Smallbones

    Sophia is a qualified patent attorney and an associate in Adams & Adams’ patent litigation department. She holds BSc Chemical Engineering (with Honours) and LLB degrees, both obtained from the University of Cape Town. Sophia is primarily involved litigation matters in the fields of patents, designs and copyright law.

  • Thapelo Montong

    Thapelo is an admitted attorney as well as a registered patent attorney in the Johannesburg office of Adams & Adams. He has a BSc Eng (Metallurgy & Materials Engineering) degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, and a LLB from UNISA.

  • 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.

  • Alexis Apostolidis

    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.

  • Alicia Heyneke

    Alicia is a senior associate in the Property Department.  She obtained her LLB degree through the University of South Africa in 2010. She is an admitted Attorney, Conveyancer and Notary Public.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Charleen Rupnarain

    Charleen specialises in Biotechnology and Life Science-related patent matters. She has a solid background in Intellectual Property Management in the public funding sector.

  • 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.

  • Cohen Grootboom

    Cohen is an associate in the corporate and commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolution department.

  • Colin MacKenzie

    Colin MacKenzie’s involvement with intellectual property law spans three decades. Colin qualified as a mechanical engineer in 1982 and worked for a company specialising in the design and manufacture of military equipment.

  • Courtney Elson

    Courtney is an admitted attorney, and member of the Legal Practice Council. As an Associate in the CPL department, she practices in in personal injury law, third party claims, matrimonial disputes and family law.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Danel Campbell

    Danel is an associate in the Commercial, Property and Litigation department. She holds a BSc degree from Stellenbosch University as well as an LLB degree from the University of Cape Town.

  • Danie Dohmen

    Danie Dohmen is a partner at Adams & Adams in the patent litigation section. He specialises in patent, design, plant breeder’s rights and intellectual property agreement litigation, commercialisation and opinion work. Danie has for a number of consecutive years been ranked in tier 1 for patent litigation in South Africa.

  • Danie Strachan

    Danie’s clients range from entrepreneurs and technology start-ups to well-known multi-nationals. Clients often seek his advice regarding the establishment of an enterprise in South Africa, and he drafts and reviews agreements needed for their operations and to grow their businesses.

  • Danielle Robbertze

    Danielle has been appointed as an associate in the Corporate and Commercial Department in Pretoria.

  • Daniëlle van Deventer

    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.

  • Dario Tanziani

    Dario has over 30 years’ post-qualification and has represented a variety of multinational research based pharmaceutical companies in blockbuster drug patent litigation leading to landmark decisions in this field.

  • 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.

  • David Scheepers

    David is a partner in the CPL department with over 20 years’ experience. His specialities lie in matrimonial disputes and family law, personal injury law, medical negligence actions and third party claims.

  • 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.

  • Deborah Marsicano

    Ms Marsicano is a patent attorney who specialises in domestic and international patent and design matters.

  • Demi Pretorius (née Cyster)

    Demi is an Associate in the commercial, property & litigation department in Pretoria. Her main area of focus is commercial litigation, with an emphasis on contract law.

  • Dieter Welthagen

    Dieter is a partner in the Africa Section of the Patent Department, which is responsible for the filing and the prosecution of national patent and design applications in African countries (other than South Africa) and of regional patent and design applications at ARIPO and OAPI, for non-South African clients.

  • Donald Mokgehle

    Specializes in all aspects of conveyancing and notarial practice with keen interest in preparing and drafting deeds of sale of immovable property, opening and registration of sectional title schemes, advise on town planning processes and opening and registration of townships, execution of notarial deeds of servitudes, execution of antenuptial contracts, registration of mortgage and notarial bonds.

  • 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.

  • Eugene Honey

    Eugene Honey has been specialising in Trade Marks and Copyright matters, as well as Commercial IP matters including Franchising and Licensing, IP valuations, IP Due Diligence and IP portfolio management since being admitted in 1991.

  • 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.

  • Gabriela Dzeha

    Gabriela is an Associate at Adams & Adams in the commercial, property and litigation department in Pretoria.

  • 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 and is currently heading up the Anti-Counterfeiting team.

  • Grégor Wolter

    Grégor leads a large team whose practice areas cover a wide range of commercial litigation and dispute resolution legal facets (including resolving or litigating on contractual and commercial disputes, delictual and enrichment claims, handling shareholder and director disputes, enforcement of director duties and director liabilities, enforcing and defending restraint of trade covenants and unfair competition – in respect of which Grégor has successfully launched and executed a number of Anton Pillar applications).

  • Jac Marais

    Jac is a litigation specialist and represents public and private (local and international) clients in high end litigation in the High Court, Appeal Court, and Constitutional Court and specialist tribunals.

  • James Davies

    James is a patent attorney with an electronic and computer background, and with a genuine interest in these things and all things technological. James works in the patent department, mainly assisting local clients in filing and prosecution patent and design applications in South Africa and indeed all over the world.

  • 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.

  • Janice Galvad

    Janice Galvad is a Partner in and the Chairperson of the Patent Department at Adams & Adams. She has been a Partner at the firm since 2004.

  • Jean-Louis La Grange

    Jean-Louis has accumulated over 20 years’ experience in the fields of personal injury law, medical malpractice and professional liability claims. Besides for being fluent in English, Afrikaans and German, he has a basic understanding and command of French.

  • Jean-Paul Rudd

    Jean-Paul specialises in civil litigation with special emphasis on personal injury related matters, which includes Road Accident Fund, medical negligence, slip and fall and wrongful arrest claims, professional indemnity matters, and insurance related 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.

  • Jessica-Jade Faint

    Jessica-Jade is an associate at Adams & Adams in the Commercial Property Litigation department specialising in delictual matters.

  • Jevonne Le Roux

    Jevonne is a Senior Associate in our personal injury and insurance departments. She specialises in civil litigation with special emphasis in personal injury related matters, which include Road Accident Fund, medical negligence, slip and fall and wrongful arrest claims, professional indemnity and insurance related matters.

  • 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.

  • Johnny Fiandeiro

    Johnny is a patent partner in the Johannesburg office of Adams & Adams. He has a BSc Eng (Electrical) from Wits University, and an LLB from UNISA.

  • Joseph Goedhals

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

  • Kagisho Manyashi

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

  • 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 is a Partner in the trade mark litigation group and serves as the Chairperson of Adams & Adams.

  • Kerry Lynne Wiers

    Kerry is a Senior Associate in the commercial, property and litigation department in Pretoria. She specialises in high court litigation with a specific focus on divorce, third party, medical negligence and personal injury claims.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Lavashnee Mandry

    Lavashnee is an Associate in the Property Department. She obtained her LLB degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2011. She is an admitted Attorney and Conveyancer.

  • 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.

  • Lethabo Mashishi

    Lethabo Mashishi is an associate in the Property Department. He obtained his LLB degree from the University of Witwatersrand (Wits) in 2010.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Louis van der Walt

    Louis van der Walt is a partner in, and past Chairman of, the Patent Department of Adams & Adams and advises clients in relation to the preparation and filing of patent applications, registered design applications and plant breeders’ rights.

  • 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 over 30 years of experience in IP.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • Michael Bullock

    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.

  • 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.

  • Misha van Niekerk

    Shani is a senior associate in the Commercial, Property and Litigation law department at Adams & Adams. She frequently appears in the Children’s Courts, Magistrate’s Courts and Regional Courts of South Africa on behalf of clients.

  • 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.

  • Monique Schrönen

    Monique is an associate in the Commercial, Property and Litigation department. She attained her LLB degree with distinction at the University of Pretoria in 2016. She was admitted as an attorney in 2019 and specialises in High Court Litigation, with her focus areas being personal injury and third party claims.

  • Mtho Maphumulo

    Mtho Maphumulo is an associate in the personal injury and insurance departments. He specialises in civil litigation with special emphasis on personal injury related matters, which includes, inter alia, Road Accident Fund, aviation claims, product liability claims, medical negligence, slip and fall and wrongful arrest claims, professional indemnity matters, and insurance related matters.

  • Mzwakhe Poswa

    Mzwakhe is an Associate in the Commercial, Property and Litigation department in Pretoria.

  • Nicky Garnett

    Nicky Garnett is the Head of the Africa Patents of the Patent Department, a position she has held since 2008. Nicky is originally from Zimbabwe and moved to South Africa in 2008.

  • Nicole Haworth

    Nicole Haworth is a Senior Associate at Adams & Adams and obtained her LLB degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2009 and her LLM degree from the University of Pretoria in 2015.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Nicolette Koch

    Nicolette Koch is a partner in the Commercial, Property and Litigation department of Adams & Adams. She has 13 years experience acting on behalf of clients in personal injury claims, inclusive of third party claims against the Road Accident Fund, medical negligence, assault, actions of animals, pothole cases, civil actions against the state and professional negligence actions against legal professionals, doctors and hospitals.

  • 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 over twenty 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.

  • Nthabisheng Phaswana

    Nthabisheng is a partner in the Africa Patent Department. She holds LLB and LLM (Mercantile Law) from the University of Pretoria. She was admitted as an attorney in 2005.

  • Philip Pla

    Philip Pla is a partner in the patent department in the firm’s Cape Town office.

  • Pieter Visagie

    Pieter is a registered patent attorney. His practice is focused on the drafting of patent specifications and the prosecution of patent applications both locally and abroad. In this respect, Pieter has had extensive exposure to the prosecution practices of the patent offices of most major foreign jurisdictions, including the United States Patent Office, the European Patent Office, the Chinese Patent Office, the Japanese Patent Office, the Australian Patent Office, etc.

  • Ramon Pereira

    Ramon specialises in the management of foreign clients’ patent and design portfolios in South Africa within the Patent Overseas Filing Section, with the majority of his clients comprising a wide range of overseas-based multi-national enterprises.

  • Raznae Narayanasami

    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.

  • Richard Wiers

    Richard is a Senior Associate in the commercial, property and litigation department in Pretoria. He specialises in High Court Litigation with specific focus on medical negligence, third party and personal injury claims.

  • 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.

  • Roelof Grové

    Roelof Grové is a partner of Adams & Adams and head of the Property Department. He obtained his B.Iur and LLB degrees from University of the Free State and read for his LLM (Commercial Law) through UNISA. He has over 20 years’ experience as an attorney, conveyancer and notary.

  • Russell Bagnall

    Russell Bagnall has advised clients on several contentious issues involving pharmaceutical disputes between multinational and generic companies. He also advises pharmaceutical clients on a wide range of issues, including licence and distribution agreements, co-promotion agreements and regulatory issues.

  • 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. 

  • Samantha Copeling

    Samantha is a partner in Adams & Adams’s Trademark Department.  She graduated with an LLB from Cape Town University in 1990. 

  • Shani van Niekerk

    Shani is a senior associate in the Commercial, Property and Litigation law department at Adams & Adams. She frequently appears in the Children’s Courts, Magistrate’s Courts and Regional Courts of South Africa on behalf of clients.

  • 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.

  • Sophia Smallbones

    Sophia is a qualified patent attorney and an associate in Adams & Adams’ patent litigation department. She holds BSc Chemical Engineering (with Honours) and LLB degrees, both obtained from the University of Cape Town. Sophia is primarily involved litigation matters in the fields of patents, designs and copyright law.

  • 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.

  • Thando Manentsa

    Thando is a partner and a commercial litigation specialist in the firm’s dispute resolution team. He obtained his LLB degree from WITS university in 2009 and has 6 years post qualification experience.

  • Thapelo Montong

    Thapelo is an admitted attorney as well as a registered patent attorney in the Johannesburg office of Adams & Adams. He has a BSc Eng (Metallurgy & Materials Engineering) degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, and a LLB from UNISA.

  • Thembani Nkabinde

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

  • Thembi Khoza

    Thembi Khoza is a Senior Associate in the Commercial, Property and Litigation Department in Pretoria. She is a litigation attorney, practising in third party claim matters and medical negligence.

  • 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.

  • Vishen Pillay

    Vishen has drafted and prosecuted patent and design applications on behalf of many South African Universities, Science Councils, US Fortune 500, and South African Top 100 companies.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Wilhelm Prozesky

    Wilhelm specialises in the management of foreign clients’ patent and design portfolios in South Africa. The majority of Wilhelm’s clients comprise a wide range of overseas-based multi-national enterprises.

  • Wynand Fourie

    Wynand Fourie is a partner in the firm’s patent department and holds an electronic engineering degree from the University of Pretoria together with a law degree.

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