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Sophia Smallbones

Consultant | Patent Attorney

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About me

Sophia specializes in patent and registered design litigation. She is experienced in a broad range of technologies including life sciences, chemistry, mechanical engineering, mining-related and tech/software-related, and is regularly involved in high-value matters involving cross-border coordination with global importance.

Sophia is frequently involved in and has brought matters before the Court of the Commissioner of Patents for the Republic of South Africa and the Supreme Court of Appeal of South Africa and she also has experience litigating in other African jurisdictions.

Sophia has been ranked by The Legal 500 as a rising star and as a recommended lawyer in intellectual property.

Sophia holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and an LLB law degree, is an admitted attorney and a registered patent attorney.


Life Sciences & Pharma IP Litigation 2024

  • Patent, Design and Copyright Litigation
  • Opinion work, agreements and drafting and prosecution of patent applications

Academic Record

  • LLB – University of Cape Town | 2012
  • BSc Hons (Chemical Engineering) – University of Cape Town | 2009


  • Registered Patent Attorney | 2014
  • Admitted Attorney | 2015


  • Legal Practice Council (LPC) – Member
  • Licensing Executives Society (LES) – Member
  • South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL) – Fellow
  • Southern African Research & Innovation Management Association (SARIMA) – Member


  • Ranked “Recommended Lawyer: Intellectual Property” by The Legal 500 | 2024
  • Ranked “Other Key Lawyer: Intellectual Property” by The Legal 500 | 2024

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