Nothing but net – shooting too closely to the 2023 Netball World Cup?

The much-anticipated 2023 Netball World Cup is headed to Cape Town, South Africa from 28 July to 6 August 2023 and will be the first Netball World Cup to take place on the African continent. Hitting the headlines this week was the news that Discovery has withdrawn Vitality as the title sponsor of the event, […]

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Jailed for being a blabbermouth – what you need to know about trade secrets

It is no secret that trade secrets are very valuable intellectual property on which a business empire can be built. Simply look at KFC’s classified blend of eleven herbs and spices; Coca-Cola’s famously secret recipe; Google’s search algorithm; or any well-known perfume. Almost like the plot of a great spy film, trade secrets, their value […]

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WIPR Influential women in IP

Adams & Adams is delighted to announce that it is the only law firm globally to have a lawyer recognised in all three categories of the World Intellectual Property Review (WIPR) Diversity 2021 publication. Congratulations to the female partners, Mariëtte du Plessis ( listed as one of 60 Influential Women in IP) and Nishi Chetty […]

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Adams & Adams welcomes first female chairperson and further members of the management committee

As we commemorated International Women’s Day on 8 March celebrating the social, economic and cultural achievements of women, Adams & Adams is pleased to announce that Kelly Thompson has been named as the first female chairperson of the firm in its 113-year history. Thompson, an experienced trade mark litigation attorney, is one of 28 women […]

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Adams & Adams named South African IP Law Firm of the Year – Best Lawyers®

Best Lawyers®, a highly respected legal profession peer review publication recently announced their Best Lawyers® list for 2021 acknowledging outstanding global firms and lawyers. In the latest edition, Adams & Adams scooped the top spot for Law Firm of the Year, Intellectual Property Law in South Africa. In addition, 13 Adams & Adams Partners are […]

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Africa Update 2020 – Nigeria

INTA Workshop Promotes Further Positive Changes at the Registry Following last year’s release of the first-ever compendium of trade mark opposition rulings by the Registry, a workshop with senior trade mark officials was held in Abuja, in collaboration with INTA. Simon Brown (partner) and Kelly Thompson (partner), together with local lawyers and a team from […]

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Adams & Adams crowned IP Law Firm of 2020

Adams & Adams has been crowned South Africa’s Intellectual Property (IP) Law Firm of 2020. Africa’s largest IP law practice received top honours at the prestigious Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) awards ceremony held on 5 March 2020.

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Author: Kelly Thompson The Supreme Court of Appeal handed down a landmark decision on Friday involving a trade mark dispute between two of the world’s largest beverage manufacturers, PepsiCo Inc (Pepsi) and Atlantic Industries (Atlantic), a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Coca-Cola Company. This case was not your typical “cola war”, but rather involved TWIST, the […]

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