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+27 11 895 1011
Email Address
darren.olivier@adams.africa
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2nd Floor, 34 Fredman Drive, Sandton, South Africa

Darren Olivier

About me

  • An experienced intellectual property advisor with over 20 years’ experience gained in local and international law firms as well as in-house. Former partner of international firm FieldFisher LLP in London.
  • 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
  • Editor 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
  • Former 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 first 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
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Trade Marks

  • Technology, internet, and social media law including takedowns
  • Exchange control applications
  • Intermediary liability
  • Searches, Filing & Prosecution
  • Commercialisation
  • Enforcement
  • Franchising
  • Piracy & Counterfeiting
  • Ambush Marketing
  • Advertising Law Services

Patents

  • Commercialisation

Copyright

  • Commercialisation
  • Enforcement

Designs

  • Commercialisation

Academic Record

  • LLB – Natal University | 1994
  • BCom – Natal University | 1992

Qualifications

  • Admitted Attorney | 1997
  • Qualified Trade Mark Practitioner | 1997
  • Qualified Solicitor (England & Wales)
  • Qualified European Trade Mark Attorney

Credentials

  • Legal Practice Council (LPC) – Member
  • International Trade Marks Association (INTA) – Member
  • Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA) – Member
  • South African Institute of Directors (IODSA) – Member

Accolades (rankings from 2016 only listed)

  • AFRO-IP (African Intellectual Property Community) – Co-founder
  • Frequent speaker and writer on IP issues
  • Best Lawyers®: Lawyer of the Year – Intellectual Property Law: Johannesburg | 2021
  • Best Lawyers®: Intellectual Property Law – South Africa | 2019 – 2024
  • Chambers Global: Ranked Lawyer | 2016 – 2023
  • Finance Monthly – Lawyer of the Year: Sports and Entertainment South Africa | 2018
  • Finance Monthly – Lawyer of the Year: Copyright South Africa | 2017
  • Lawyer Monthly Legal Awards Winners – Outright Winner in the category of Sport and Entertainment –
  • Lawyer of the Year – South Africa | 2017 – 2018
  • Legal 500 – Leading Individuals | 2019 – 2023
  • Legal 500 – Recommended Lawyers: Intellectual Property | 2021 – 2023
  • Legal 500 – Recommended Individual | 2018 – 2013
  • Legal 500 – Key Individual | 2022 – 2023
  • MIP – IP Stars: Trade Marks | 2017 – 2023
  • Who’s Who Legal Ranking: Sports & Gaming | 2015 – 2022
  • Who’s Who Legal: Global Leader – Entertainment | 2022 – 2023
  • Who’s Who Legal Ranking: Trademarks | 2017 – 2019, 2021 – 2022
  • Who’s Who Legal Ranking: Copyright | 2016
  • Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders Africa – Trade Marks | 2023
  • WIPR – Leaders: Trademarks | 2018 – 2023
  • WTR Global Leaders – Private Practice | 2020
  • WTR Global Leaders – Trade Marks | 2023
  • WTR 1000 – Individuals: Prosecution and Strategy | 2018 – 2023
  • WTR 1000 – Individuals: Enforcement & Litigation | 2018 – 2023
  • WTR 1000 – Individuals: Transactions | 2018 – 2019, 2022 – 2023
  • WTR 1000 – Leading Trade Mark Professionals (Gold) | 2018 – 2019
  • 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, managing rights of the late Steve Biko, Thami Nkasa and Sanm Nzima. Selected to represent the Olympic Movement brand management program for Africa.
  • Corporate Vision Magazine Corporate Excellence Awards – Leading Trade Mark Litigation Specialist: South Africa | 2020

Darren Olivier News & Podcasts

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...

OF SEE-THRU FENCES AND LIQUORICE ALLSORTS | COCHRANE v M-SYSTEMS

The appellant, Cochrane Steel Products (Pty) Ltd (“Cochrane”), applied for the registration of t...

DOES ADeC's LOGO INFRINGE THE ANC's IP RIGHTS?

A new political party has just emerged in South Africa and it is called the African Democratic Chang...

Does ADeC's logo infringe the ANC's IP rights?

A new political party has just emerged in South Africa and it is called the African Democratic Chang...

LOUIS VUITTON AND THE BASOTHO BLANKET | POWER FM

Iman Rappetti talks to Partner, Darren Olivier, and Associate, Maureen Makoko, about the upcoming Ad...

TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE AS A TRADE SECRET

In June 2016, The Protection of Traditional Knowledge, Genetic Resources and Expressions of Folklore...

Insights | King IV on Sustainable Governance and IP

This is the first post of a series dealing with the role of IP in corporate governance in the wake o...

RISE TO THE CHALLENGE | CEO SLEEPOUT™ 2016

Adams & Adams COO, Dave Forbes talks to Jacaranda FM about the significance of the firm's involvemen...

GOVERNMENT DECLARES THE CEO SLEEPOUT™ A PROTECTED EVENT

The Sun International CEO SleepOut™ Event is officially a ‘Protected Event’. Followin...

The Please Call Me Judgment | Breakfast Seminar

On 09 June, Adams & Adams had the pleasure of welcoming Pavlo Phitidis Aurik Business Accelorato...

Please Call Me | A case study on how to protect an idea

The almost hundred page judgment from the constitutional court makes for exciting, and laborious rea...

Philanthropy's Purple Rain - Protecting Brands of Non Profits

The front page headline in the Wall Street Journal a few years ago stated boldly “Charity Brawl: N...

Is IP a thread in Gordhan's Gordian Knot?

This article entitled “What can we expect in Gordhan’s Budget” published by Independent Online...

I TWEET WHAT I LIKE

The events surrounding the controversial racial remarks published on the personal social media accou...

Power FM Interview | Ideas for protecting your ideas when pitching for business or investment

PowerTalk | PowerFM’s Iman Rappetti talks to A&A’s Darren Olivier about ways of prot...

CAN YOU BID ON A COMPETITOR'S TRADEMARK AS A KEYWORD IN GOOGLE ADS?

In this case Cochrane Steel Products sought an interdict against the M-Systems for bidding on its br...

Power Talk Interview | Intellectual Property & Creating Value out of Heritage

PowerTalk | PowerFM’s Iman Rappetti talks to A&A’s Darren Olivier about IP and prot...

Power Talk Interview | Street Art & Intellectual Property Protection

PowerTalk | PowerFM’s Iman Rappetti talks to A&A’s Darren Olivier about the struggle...

Power Talk Interview | Ashley Madison and your rights on the web

PowerTalk | PowerFM’s Iman Rappetti talks to A&A’s Darren Olivier, Ian Learmonth and...

Ownership of copyrights in logos: Atelier v Kilnworx

Ask just about any IP lawyer and they will probably tell you that if you sub contract the developmen...

The Value of the Trade Mark

To many the trade mark is simply a document that records a business name at the local trade mark off...