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Adams & Adams

2ND FLOOR, 34 FREDMAN DRIVE (CNR 5TH STREET), JOHANNESBURG, PO BOX 10155, SOUTH AFRICA
Tel:
Work +27 11 895 1000
Email:
Web:
www.adams.africa
Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Pretoria

Darren Olivier

Tel:
Work +27 11 895 1011
Email:
Adams & Adams

Work Department

Trade Mark

Position

Partner

Career

  • An experienced intellectual property advisor with over 20 years experience gained in local and international law firms as well as in-house
  • Especially interested in IP management (primarily brands), prosecution, commercialisation and enforcement in Africa but worked for a decade in London, focusing on Europe
  • Lead counsel for the BSA The Software Alliance in South Africa
  • An editorial board member of Oxford University Press: Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice
  • Blogmeister and founder of the Afro-IP weblog. He tweets from @DarrenTOlivier
  • Recognised by Who’s Who Legal, Chambers Global, World Trademark 1000, Legal 500, South African Institute of IP Law, Managing Intellectual Property and IAM 300
  • Trustee of the CEO SleepOut Trust, a change agent in South Africa responsible for raising the most amount of money ever on a single night for good causes
  • The only African to be recognised in IAM’s Guide to the World’s leading IP Strategists
  • Chair of the firm’s IP Commercialisation team
  • Co-founder of 4 kids

Languages

English

Member

  • Law Society Northern Province – Member
  • SA Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL) – fellow
  • International Trade Marks Association (INTA)
  • AFRO-IP (African Intellectual Property Community) – co-founder
  • Frequent speaker and writer on IP issue
  •  Who’s Who Legal Ranking – Sports & Entertainment 2017
  •  Who’s Who Legal Ranking – Trademarks 2017

Some of his more interesting cases include litigating the first keyword case in Africa, filing the first International Registration by a South African firm, assisting the Bavaria Babes during World Cup 2010 on ambush marketing claims brought by FIFA, advising the Zulu nation on rights management, setting up IP outsourcing models for global rebrands and most recently, assisting innovative content creator CliffCentral, and the Steve Biko Foundation.

Education

BCom LLB


South Africa

Intellectual property

Within: Leading individuals

Darren Olivier - Adams & Adams

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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