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Kelly Thompson

About me

Kelly Thompson is a senior partner in the trade mark litigation group and the current chairperson of Adams & Adams. She is an experienced, top-tier ranked attorney and trade mark practitioner. Thompson advises some of the world’s top multi-national organisations on the protection and enforcement of their brands and other intellectual property in Africa. She also specialises in advertising law and disputes. She graduated from the University of Stellenbosch with a Bachelor of Arts in 1996, and acquired her LLB in 1998 from the same institution. Thompson is a member of the Legal Practice Council, and a fellow of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL). She has served as chairperson of the trade mark litigation section of Adams & Adams and has contributed to numerous publications on various aspects of trade mark law.

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Trade Marks

  • Enforcement
  • Ambush Marketing
  • Advertising Law Services

Copyright

  • Enforcement

Litigation

  • Advertising
  • Copyright
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Trade Marks

Academic Record

  • LLB – University of Stellenbosch |1998
  • BA – University of Stellenbosch | 1996

Qualifications

  • Admitted Attorney | 2001
  • Trade Mark Practitioner | 2001

Credentials

  • ADVOC Network – Member
  • Global Advertising Lawyer Alliance (GALA) – Member
  • International Trademark Association (INTA) – Member
  • INTA: Famous and Well-known Marks Committee – Vice Chair
  • Legal Practice Council (LPC) – Member
  • Pretoria Attorneys Association (PAA) – Member
  • South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL) – Fellow
  • SAIIPL: Copyright Law Committee Member
  • SAIIPL: Copyright Lecturer
  • SAIIPL: Senior Domain Name Dispute Adjudicator

Accolades

  • Best Lawyers® – Intellectual Property Law: South Africa | 2018 – 2024
  • Best Lawyers® – Litigation | 2022 – 2024
  • Chambers Global – Ranked Lawyer | 2016 – 2023
  • Global IP Stars – Top 250 Women in IP | 2018
  • Legal 500 – Recommended Lawyer | 2019
  • Legal 500 – Recommended Lawyers: Intellectual Property | 2022
  • Legal 500 – Key Lawyer: Intellectual Property | 2022
  • Legal 500 – Recommended Individual | 2023
  • MIP – IP Stars: Trademarks | 2017 – 2023
  • WTR 1000 – Individuals: Enforcement and Litigation | 2018 – 2023
  • WTR 1000 – Tier 1 Ranked: Trademark Litigation | 2018 – 2019 (Silver)
  • WTR Global Leaders – Trade Marks | 2018, 2021 – 2023
  • Who’s Who Legal – Trade Marks | 2021 – 2022
  • Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders Africa – Trade Marks | 2023
  • WIPR – Leaders: Trade Marks | 2023

Kelly Thompson News & Podcasts

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 A...

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 empir...

WIPR Influential women in IP

Adams & Adams is delighted to announce that it is the only law firm globally to have a lawyer re...

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 cultu...

Africa Update 2020 - Nigeria

INTA Workshop Promotes Further Positive Changes at the Registry Following last year’s release of t...

Adams & Adams crowned IP Law Firm of 2020

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

AN SA TWIST IN THE 'COLA WARS' | COURT RULING

Author: Kelly Thompson The Supreme Court of Appeal handed down a landmark decision on Friday involvi...