Gérard du Plessis

Partner
Contact Details
+27 12 432 6301
gerard.duplessis@adams.africa
4 Daventry Road, Pretoria, South Africa
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About me

Gérard du Plessis is a senior partner of the firm and served as the Chairman of Adams & Adams from 2013 to 2021. Prior to that he also served for a number of years as Trade Mark Department Co-Chairman (litigation). He specialises in litigation relating to trade marks, copyright, unlawful competition, domain names and advertising law. He is responsible for the trade mark portfolios of many multi-nationals and South African companies in Africa and throughout the world. He is regularly quoted in local publications and interviewed on radio regarding IP developments, both in South Africa and throughout Africa. He is a sought-after speaker both in South Africa and at international IP conferences, most recently the BRICS IP Forum in London, UK in 2016 and at the University of Johannesburg’s annual IP conference.  He regularly attends INTA and Marques conferences. Gérard has published numerous articles on IP and is a co-author of the Lexis Nexis publication Practitioner’s Guide to Intellectual Property Law. He lectures on IP to LLM students at the Adams & Adams IP Centre at the University of Pretoria. He has been practising in the field of intellectual property law since 1995.

Gérard has been internationally recognised in peer-selected reviews such as:

  • Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) IP Star | 2016 – 2023
  • Best Lawyers: Intellectual Property Law – South Africa | 2017 – 2024
  • Who’s Who Legal: The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers – Trademarks | 2013 – 2023
  • The International Who’s Who of Trademark Lawyers | 2017, 2018
  • Chambers Global Guide Legal Rankings: Eminent Practitioner South Africa | 2016 – 2021 and 2023

He is a member of the Legal Practice Council, a fellow of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL) and past chairman of the Trade Mark Law Committee of SAIIPL. He also served as a Council Member of the SAIIPL Board.

Gérard obtain his BLC LLB degrees from the University of Pretoria in 1992 and 1994. He was admitted as an attorney in 1995 and qualified as a trade mark practitioner in 1998.

Litigation

  • Trade Marks
  • Copyright
  • Designs
  • Unlawful Competition
  • Domain Names
  • Counterfeit Goods

Academic Record

  • LLB (Cum Laude) – University of Pretoria | 1994
  • BLC (Cum Laude) – University of Pretoria | 1992

Qualifications

  • Qualified Trade Marks Practitioner | 1998
  • Admitted Attorney | 1995

Credentials

  • Legal Practice Council (LPC) – Member
  • Pretoria Attorneys Association (PAA) – Member
  • The Association of European Trade Mark Owners (MARQUES) – Member
  • The International Trade Mark Association (INTA) – Members
  • The South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL) – Fellow
  • SAIIPL: Copyright Law Committee Member

Accolades

  • Best Lawyers® – Intellectual Property Law: South Africa | 2015 – 2024
  • Best Lawyers® – Lawyer of the Year for IP in South Africa | 2016, 2018
  • Chambers Global: Ranked Lawyer | 2016 – 2021, 2023
  • Lawyer Monthly – Legal Awards Winners: Intellectual Property and IT (South Africa) | 2019
  • Legal 500 – Elite Leading Individuals: Intellectual Property | 2020 – 2021
  • Legal 500 – Recommended Lawyers: Intellectual Property | 2018 – 2021
  • Legal 500 – Trade Marks | 2019
  • Legal 500 – Recommended Individual | 2018 – 2019, 2023
  • Legal 500 – Key Individual | 2022 – 2023
  • MIP – IP Stars: Trade Marks | 2017 – 2023
  • Who’s Who Legal – Trade Marks | 2017 – 2022
  • WIPR – Leaders: Trade Marks | 2018 – 2023
  • WTR 1000 – Individuals: Enforcement and Litigation | 2018 – 2023

Gérard du Plessis News & Podcasts

Liberty Group wins against Discovery Vitality and opens the door for Comparative Advertising

Jun 23 2020 | Gérard du Plessis, | Intellectual Property, | Trade Marks,

Adams & Adams Partner and Chairman, Gérard du Plessis, represented the Liberty Group in the jud...

Adams & Adams crowned IP Law Firm of 2020

Mar 05 2020 | Adams News, | Gérard du Plessis, | Kelly Thompson,

Adams & Adams has been crowned South Africa’s Intellectual Property (IP) Law Firm of 2020. Africa...

Restoration and optimism dominate Africa IP Conversations

Sep 24 2019 | Gérard du Plessis, | Intellectual Property, | Simon Brown,

The 7th annual Adams & Adams Africa IP Network Meeting took place in Pretoria, South Africa rece...

RISE TO THE CHALLENGE | CEO SLEEPOUT™ 2016

Jul 26 2016 | Adams News, | Darren Olivier, | Gérard du Plessis,

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

Jul 24 2016 | Adams News, | Darren Olivier, | Gérard du Plessis, | Intellectual Property, | Trade Marks,

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