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Simon Brown

Partner | Trade Mark Attorney

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About me

Simon’s practice focuses largely on clearance investigations, filing and prosecution of trade mark cases and trade mark portfolio management throughout Africa and internationally.

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. As previous head of the Trade Mark Prosecution section, Simon sat on the firm’s Management Committee as Co-chair of the Trade Mark Department at Adams & Adams for a number of years.

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).

Trade Marks

  • Searches, Filing & Prosecution (Africa and international)

Academic Record

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

Qualifications

  • Registered Trade Mark Practitioner |1999
  • Admitted Attorney | 1997

Memberships

  • International Trade Mark Association (INTA) – Member
  • INTA: Africa & Middle East Legislative Sub-Committee | 2005-2007
  • INTA: Africa & Middle East Legislative Analysis Sub-Committee Chair | 2007-2009
  • INTA: International Classification Sub-Committee | 2010 – 2014
  • INTA: Emerging Issues Committee | 2016 – 2018
  • INTA: Brand Restrictions Sub-Committee and Chair | 2018 – 2020
  • INTA: Africa Roundtable Project Team | 2017 – 2019
  • INTA: Africa Regional Project Team |2018
  • INTA: Leadership Project Team | 2019
  • INTA: Brand Restrictions Committee and Chair | 2020 – 2021
  • Legal Practice Council (LPC) – Member
  • South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL) – Fellow
  • SAIIPL: International Treaties Committee Chair | 2015 – 2020
  • SAIIPL: International Trade Mark Law Lecturer | 2012 – 2020

Accolades

  • Best Lawyers® – Intellectual Property Law: South Africa | 2018 – 2022
  • Chambers Global: Ranked Lawyer | 2016 – 2022
  • Legal 500 – Recommended Lawyers: Intellectual Property | 2020 – 2021
  • Legal 500 – Recommended IP Practitioner | 2018
  • MIP – IP Stars: Trade Marks | 2017 – 2022
  • Who’s Who Legal Ranking: Trademarks | 2016 – 2022
  • WIPR – Leaders: Trade Marks | 2018 – 2022
  • WIPR – Listed in Trade Mark & Patent Directory | 2017 – 2019
  • WTR 1000 – Individuals: Prosecution and Strategy | 2018 – 2022

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