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Alexis Apostolidis

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Alexis Apostolidis is a partner in the patent litigation practice of Adams & Adams and heads the competition law department of the firm. He is well versed in all aspects of patent law and specialises in opinion work and patent litigation in the life sciences, agrochemical, petrochemical, IT and consumer goods sectors. He has successfully litigated on behalf of originator pharmaceutical companies, OEM German car manufacturers, banks and television content providers. Alexis’ practice also extends to litigation concerning design registrations, the licensing of IP and regulatory matters in the life sciences sector. He advises and represents clients in litigious work in a number of African countries.

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.




Alexis has been internationally recognised in several peer-selected reviews. He is an active member of the International Bar Association, AIPPI and is a member of FICPI. He has been cited in peer review publications such as IAM’s Patent 1000 2015: The World’s Leading Patent PractitionersWho’s Who Legal – Patents 2015 and Finance Monthly Global Awards 2014 – Litigation Lawyer, South Africa.


  • - Who’s Who Legal Ranking – Patents | 2017, 2018
  • - Lawyer International Legal 100 – Intellectual Property Lawyer of the year, -
  • South Africa | 2018
  • - Lawyer International Legal 100 – Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Sector |
  • 2018
  • - IAM Patent 1000 | 2017, 2018
  • - MIP IP All Stars | 2017, 2018
  • - Law International Global Awards – IP Lawyer of the Year South Africa |
  • 2018
  • - Law International Legal 100 – IP Lawyer of the Year South Africa | 2018
  • Legal Practice Council – Member
  • SA Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL)


BSc (Chemistry and Law) – University of Witwatersrand, SA | 1999

LLB (Cum Laude): University of Witwatersrand, SA | 2002

Postgraduate Degree European Competition Law (With Merit): Kings College, University of London | 2012

Qualified Patent Attorney | 2004

Admitted Attorney | 2002

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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