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Alexis Apostolidis

About me

Alexis Apostolidis is a partner in the patent litigation practice of Adams & Adams.  He represents multinational and national clients in a diversity of fields (life sciences, agrochemical, petrochemical, Telecommunications, IT, and consumer goods sectors). He has successfully litigated on behalf of originator pharmaceutical companies, OEM German car manufacturers, banks, and television content providers and regularly acts in multi-jurisdictional patent and design litigation in South Africa and several African countries.

He is a versatile lawyer and has been referred to as a shrewd litigator. Alexis’ practice also extends to the commercialisation and licensing of IP and regulatory matters which Alexis utilises to provide pragmatic and holistic strategies to any intellectual property matter he is presented with.

Alexis also heads the firm’s competition law group and tackles complex competition law issues at the interface of competition law and intellectual property in a variety of settings including the competition law fora. He has been referred to as the Firm’s “ace up the sleeve” (IAM) in competition law related IP litigation matters.

Alexis is currently acting for an originator pharmaceutical company concerning the abuse of patent rights and access to medicines simultaneously in two fora, namely the Court of the Commissioner of Patents and the Competition Commission of South Africa.

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  • Patents: Commercialization, Enforcement
  • Designs: Commercialization, Enforcement
  • Commercial: Licensing & Distribution
  • Litigation: Patent, Designs, IP commercial and competition law
  • IP Commercialisation
  • Drafting of Chemical, Pharmaceutical and Petrochemical related patent specifications as well as mechanical type inventions.
  • Regulatory (Life Sciences and Agrochemical)
  • Competition Law including mergers and acquisitions & specialising in the interface between Competition Law and IP.
  • BioDiversity Advice and Opinions
  • Standard Setting and FRAND advice and litigation

Academic Record

  • Postgraduate Degree European Competition Law (With Merit) – Kings College, University of London | 2012
  • LLB (Cum Laude) – University of Witwatersrand, SA | 2002
  • BSc (Chemistry and Law) – University of Witwatersrand, SA | 1999


  • Qualified Patent Attorney | 2004
  • Admitted Attorney | 2002
  • Registered Patent Practitioner | 2004
  • BSc (Chemistry and Law) – University of Witwatersrand, SA | 1999


  • Attorneys Association Pretoria (PAA) – Member
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) – Member
  • Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI) – Member
  • International Bar Association (IBA) – Member
  • Legal Practice Council (LPC) – Member
  • SA Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL) – Fellow
  • SAIIPL: Patent & Design Law Committee Member
  • SAIIPL: Convenor of Judgment Reporting Group – Public Affairs Sub-Committee
  • SAIIPL: Ad Hoc Competition Law / Franchising / Consumer Protection Committee Member


  • Best Lawyers®: Competition Law – South Africa | 2020 – 2024
  • Best Lawyers® – Intellectual Property Law – South Africa | 2021 – 2024
  • IAM Patent 1000 – Individuals: Litigation | 2017 – 2023 (Silver)
  • IFLR – Patent Expert Guide – Experts for Patents | 2019
  • Law International Global Awards – IP Lawyer of the Year South Africa | 2018
  • Lawyer International Legal 100 – Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Sector |2018
  • Lawyer International Legal 100 – Intellectual Property Lawyer of the year, South Africa | 2018
  • MIP – IP Stars: Patents | 2017 – 2023
  • Who’s Who Legal Ranking – Patents | 2017 – 2022
  • Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders Africa – Patents | 2023
  • 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 Practitioners; Who’s Who Legal – Patents 2015 and Finance Monthly Global Awards 2014 – Litigation Lawyer, South Africa.
  • WIPR – Leaders: Patents | 2023

Alexis Apostolidis News & Podcasts


INTRODUCTION South Africa has a biodiversity of 10% of the world’s plants; 7% of the world’s rep...

Pharmaceutical IP and competition law in South Africa: overview

Pharmaceutical IP and competition law in South Africa: overview by Danie Dohmen, Jenny Pienaar, Ale...

Medicinal Product Regulation and Product Liability in South Africa

Medicinal product regulation and product liability in South Africa: overview by Danie Dohmen, Jenny...

Covid-19 - its legislative effect on South Africa, with a focus on the IP industry

The enforcement of “lockdown” by President Cyril Ramaphosa on 27 March brings with it much uncer...