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Nicole Smalberger

About me

Nicole Smalberger is a Partner in the trade mark litigation department of Adams & Adams.

Ms Smalberger holds an LLB (Cum Laude) from the University of Pretoria. After commencing her articles of clerkship with the firm in 2009, she was admitted as an attorney in 2011, and obtained her qualification as a Trade Mark Practitioner in the same year.

Ms Smalberger advises clients from a wide range of industries, including, for example, the consumer goods, retail, agriculture, automotive, construction, telecommunications, entertainment, and IT industries, in relation to the protection and enforcement of their brands and intellectual property rights in Africa.

Ms Smalberger’s practice includes IP-related High Court litigation, trade mark oppositions and cancellations, domain name disputes, advertising law issues, company name objections, across the African continent, the overseeing of settlement negotiations and drafting of settlement agreements.

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Trade Marks

  • Enforcement
  • Advertising Law Services


  • Enforcement


  • Advertising
  • Copyright
  • Trade Marks

Academic Record

  • LLB (with distinction) – University of Pretoria | 2008


  • Trade Mark Practitioner (SAIIPL) | 2011
  • Admitted Attorney | 2011


  • Legal Practice Council (LPC) – Member

Nicole Smalberger News & Podcasts

Brands in Africa: the dos and the don’ts

Africa is a vast continent and is often underestimated, both from a business but also from a brand p...

Neil Young Kicks Trump to the Curb: No More ‘Devil’s Sidewalk’!

Well-known musician Neil Young is suing the presidential campaign of Donald Trump, calling on the ca...

Listen | Who owns the copyright to the tattoo on your body

Author: Nicole Smalberger Nicole Smalberger discusses copyright in tattoos with 702 Talk Radio’...


Would it ever occur to you that a third party might be able to claim rights in your skin? In the cas...