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Russell Bagnall

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Russell Bagnall has been a partner at Adams & Adams since 1998 and is head of the patent and design litigation group and was also the Patent Department’s chairman for a number of years. Before joining Adams & Adams, he spent several years employed by a multinational mining house. Russell specialises in patent litigation and opinion work, mainly in the fields of pharmaceuticals and chemistry.

He has advised clients on several contentious issues involving pharmaceutical disputes between multinational and generic companies. He also advises pharmaceutical clients on a wide range of issues, including licence and distribution agreements, co-promotion agreements and regulatory issues.

Russell is also responsible for managing multi-jurisdictional litigation in several African countries. Russell has been internationally recognised in peer-selected reviews such as the International Who’s Who of Patent Lawyers and the International Who’s Who of Life Sciences Lawyers. He was ranked in Tier 1 for patent litigation in South Africa by the IAM Patent Litigation 250. Adams & Adams has been rated by Managing Intellectual Property in the top tier for patent litigation several times.

Russell is an active member of the South African group of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property and a member of the International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys. He is also a fellow of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law(SAIIPL). Mr Russell obtained a BSc Eng in chemical, metallurgical and material science from the University of Witwatersrand in 1989 and a BProc. from the University of South Africa in 1996.




  • SA Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL) – Fellow
  • International Federation of Industrial Property Attorneys (FICPI) – Member
  • International Federation of Intellectual Property (AIPPI) – Member
  • Legal Practice Council – Member
  • American Bar Association (ABA) – Intellectual Property
  • Law Section – Member
  • Author: Getting the Deal Through – Patents 2013 – South African Chapter
  • Who’s Who Legal Ranking: Life Sciences | 2016, 2017
  • Who’s Who Legal Ranking: Patents | 2016 – 2018
  • IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Professionals | 2017, 2018
  • Chambers Global Guide Legal Rankings: Band 1 Patents | 2016 – 2019
  • Legal 500 Recommended IP Practitioner | 2018
  • MIP IP All Stars | 2017, 2018
  • WIPR Trade Mark & Patent Directory - 2017


BSc Eng (Chemical, Metallurgical and Materials Science Option) – University of Witwatersrand | 1989

BProc – University of South Africa | 1995

Qualified Patent Attorney | 1996

Admitted Attorney | 1996

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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