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About me

Kelly Thompson is a senior partner in the trade mark litigation group and the current chairperson of Adams & Adams. She is an experienced, top-tier ranked attorney and trade mark practitioner. 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.

Trade Marks

  • Enforcement
  • Ambush Marketing
  • Advertising Law Services

Copyright

  • Enforcement

Litigation

  • Advertising
  • Copyright
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Trade Marks

Academic Record

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

Qualifications

  • Admitted Attorney | 2001
  • Trade Mark Practitioner | 2001

Credentials

  • ADVOC Network – Member
  • Global Advertising Lawyer Alliance (GALA) – Member
  • International Trademark Association (INTA) – Member
  • INTA: Famous and Well-known Marks Committee – Vice Chair
  • Legal Practice Council (LPC) – Member
  • Pretoria Attorneys Association (PAA) – Member
  • South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL) – Fellow
  • SAIIPL: Copyright Law Committee Member
  • SAIIPL: Copyright Lecturer
  • SAIIPL: Senior Domain Name Dispute Adjudicator

Accolades

  • Best Lawyers® – Intellectual Property Law: South Africa | 2018 – 2024
  • Best Lawyers® – Litigation | 2022 – 2024
  • Chambers Global – Ranked Lawyer | 2016 – 2023
  • Global IP Stars – Top 250 Women in IP | 2018
  • Ranked “Recommended Lawyer: Intellectual Property” by The Legal 500 | 2019, 2022 – 2024
  • Ranked “Other Key Lawyer: Intellectual Property” by The Legal 500 | 2022
  • MIP – IP Stars: Trademarks | 2017 – 2023
  • WTR 1000 – Ranked “Silver” in Enforcement and Litigation | 2018 – 2022
  • WTR 1000 – Ranked “Gold” in Enforcement and Litigation | 2023 – 2024
  • Who’s Who Legal – Trade Marks | 2021 – 2022
  • Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders Africa – Trade Marks | 2023
  • WIPR – Leaders: Trade Marks | 2023

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