Nthabisheng Phaswana

Partner | Attorney
Contact Details
+27 12 432 6382
4 Daventry Road, Pretoria, South Africa
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About me

Nthabisheng is a partner in the Africa Patent Department. She holds LLB and LLM (Mercantile Law) from the University of Pretoria. She was admitted as an attorney in 2005.

Nthabisheng joined Adams & Adams in 2007 and has been responsible for patent and design enquiries, transactional matters in respect of patents and designs as well as filing and prosecution of patent and design applications throughout African countries outside of South Africa. At present, Nthabisheng is a member of the  firm’s Management Committee in her capacity as the chairperson for  Diversity Committee. She is also involved in committees  of various International Organizations relating to Intellectual Property  and  Diversity.

Nthabisheng has been actively involved in fostering relations between Adams and Adams and the IP Registrars of various African countries and as result she travels regularly throughout the continent. She also co-authored a book chapter on Intellectual Property, Innovation and Management in Emerging Economies and a book on Intellectual Property in Africa.  

Design and patent filing and prosecution and recordals.

Academic Record

  • Certificate in Corporate Governance – UNISA 2014
  • LLM (Mercantile Law) – University of Pretoria | 2008
  • LLB – University of Pretoria | 2002


  • Admitted Attorney | 2005


  • American Bar Association (ABA) – Member
  • Legal Practice Council (LPC) – Member


  • WIPR – Leaders: Patents | 2021 – 2023

Nthabisheng Phaswana News & Podcasts


Jul 18 2022 | ARIPO, | Cape Verde, | Intellectual Property, | Mariëtte du Plessis, | Nicky Garnett, | Nthabisheng Phaswana, | Our Network News, | Simon Brown,

After signaling its intention earlier this year to join ARIPO, the Republic of Cape Verde deposited ...

African expertise for patent and design prosecution in Africa

Nov 24 2020 | Charleen Rupnarain, | Intellectual Property, | Nthabisheng Phaswana, | Patents, | Ramon Pereira, | Wilhelm Prozesky,

Protecting one’s rights to intellectual property in Africa is often regarded as overwhelming and c...