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Trade Mark Attorney. Trade Marks; Trade Marks — Enforcement; Trade Marks - Advertising Law Service; Copyright; Copyright — Enforcement Specialities: Trade mark and passing-off litigation; Copyright litigation; Domain name litigation; IP litigation in Africa; Advertising law; Close corporation and company name objections


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 16 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. 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 with the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL).




Legal Practice Council – Member

South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL) – Fellow and Member of the SAIIPL ADR Committee

SAIIPL Domain Name Dispute Adjudicator


WIPR Leaders 2016 – 2018

WIPR Trade Mark & Patent Directory - 2017

MIP IP Stars – Trademarks | 2017, 2018

Global IP Stars – Top 250 Women in IP | 2018

Best Lawyers: Intellectual Property Law – South Africa | 2018

Finance Monthly Law Awards: Outright winner, Advertising and Marketing – Law Firm of the Year, South Africa | 2018

WTR 1000 – Tier 1 Ranked: Trademark Litigation | 2018, 2019

Chambers Global: Ranked Band 3 Lawyer | 2016 – 2019


BA – University of Stellenbosch | 1996

LLB – University of Stellenbosch |1998

Admitted Attorney | 2001

Trade Mark Practitioner | 2001

South Africa

Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

Adams & Adams¬†operates a considerable IP practice and leads the market in South Africa and across the continent. The firm advises some 240 of Fortune 500 companies and has experienced growth in engagements from software companies. It represented Novartis in opposing the registration of the trade mark Curida in class 5 by Cipla Medpro. The team is 'extremely responsive and cost effective', is 'excellent in working with the various countries in this region' and has 'the premier IP practice in South Africa' according to a client.¬† Russell Bagnall¬†is a market leader in patent litigation, as are¬†Danie Dohmen¬†and¬†Alexis Apostolidis.¬†¬†G√©rard du Plessis¬†is recommended for trade mark litigation, while Simon Brown, who provides 'an outstanding service', and¬†Samantha Copeling, who is 'kind and knowledgeable', are noted for trade mark prosecution. Mari√ętte Du Plessis¬†¬† is 'direct, strategic and patient' and Kelly Thompson¬†and Darren Olivier¬†are also recommended.

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