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Philip Pla

About me

Philip Pla is a patent attorney practising in the Cape Town office of Adams & Adams. He has a BSc (Mechanical) Engineering degree from the University of Cape Town. He has been actively involved in all aspects of patent, design and copyright law for over three decades and has extensive experience in the drafting and prosecution of patent and design applications both locally and abroad. Philip works closely with a broad range of clients from start-ups to large corporations to find the right fit for protecting their designs and innovations.

Technological fields in which he has extensive experience in the drafting and prosecution of patent applications, include mining and excavation, blast hole drilling, medical devices, food processing methods and equipment, sports equipment and boating.

He is well versed in the patent prosecution practices of major foreign patent offices such as the United States, European, Chinese and Japanese Patent Offices. He regularly attends Asian Patent Attorneys Association conferences and travels extensively to Asian countries to meet with patent attorneys and has extensive exposure to patent practices in Asian countries, particularly in China and Japan.

Philip also handles IP litigation for his local clients and has substantial experience in commercial aspects of intellectual property law including conducting due diligence investigations and negotiating and drafting licence agreements.

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  • Drafting, Filing & Prosecution
  • Commercialisation
  • Enforcement


  • Commercialisation
  • Enforcement


  • Drafting, Filing & Prosecution
  • Commercialisation
  • Enforcement

Academic Record

  • BProc – University of South Africa | 1994
  • BSc (Mech. Eng) – University of Cape Town | 1987


  • Registered Patent Attorney | 1997
  • Admitted Attorney | 1995


  • Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry – Member
  • International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI) – Member
  • Legal Practice Council (LPC) – Member
  • Licensing Executives Society (LES) – Member
  • South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL) Fellow
  • Southern African Research & Innovation Management Association (SARIMA) – Member


  • IFLR Patent Expert Guide – Experts for Patents | 2019

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