Stephen Hollis

Partner | Trade Mark Attorney
Contact Details
+27 11 895 1042
2nd Floor, 34 Fredman Drive, Sandton, South Africa
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About me

I am an Intellectual Property (IP) lawyer, specializing in trade mark, copyright and entertainment law. I have a passion for the arts and creative industries and assisting clients to grow their businesses through the effective management of their IP rights and assets.

My core practice areas include:

  • the development of brand protection and enforcement strategies in Africa and internationally;
  • copyright management, enforcement, licensing and related deal structuring; and
  • advising on government policy, and legislative and regulatory matters affecting the copyright industries and the online creative content distribution environment.

Key professional associations:

  • Fellow of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL); registered Trade Mark
    Practitioner, and a member of SAIIPL’s Copyright and International Treaties Committees.
  • Member of the Africa IP Group (Adams & Adams) which is focused on the development
    and implementation of business strategies for the African market. This involves travel to other African
    countries to engage with government officials on legislative and IP practice issues and to present at IP
    conferences hosted by WIPO, ARIPO and other organisations from time to time.

Trade Marks

  • Brand protection, enforcement, and commercialization.


  • Rights management and enforcement.
  • Deal structuring with respect to content production and commercialization.

Academic Record

  • LLB – University of South Africa | 2006
  • MCSE certification (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer) | 1997
  • BA – Stellenbosch | 1994


  • Registered Trade Mark Practitioner| 2012
  • Admitted Attorney | 2009


  • Legal Practice Council (LPC) – Member
  • South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL) – Fellow
  • SAIIPL: Copyright Law Committee Member
  • SAIIPL: International Treaties Committee Member
  • Best Lawyers® – Intellectual Property Law: South Africa | 2024
  • WTR 1000 – Individuals: Prosecution and Strategy| 2022 – 2023

Stephen Hollis News & Podcasts

Kenya - Copyright Amendment act

Jun 10 2022 | Intellectual Property, | Kenya, | Our Network News, | Stephen Hollis,

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta signed the 2021 Copyright Amendment Act into law[1]  on 4 April ...

OAPI: Bangui Agreement Revisions Change the Trade Mark Registration Process with Effect from 2 January 2022

Jan 13 2022 | OAPI, | Stephen Hollis,

On 2 January 2022, Annexes III, IV and V of the revised Bangui Agreement entered into force, introdu...

No copyright notice? No excuse.

Jul 27 2021 | Copyright, | Intellectual Property, | Stephen Hollis,

Why use of unlicensed online images may constitute copyright infringement. All original images and p...

The Jerusalema IP Challenge

Feb 26 2021 | Copyright, | Intellectual Property, | Stephen Hollis,

Hot on the heels of the Jerusalema Dance Challenge that took the world by storm last year, a new cha...

Africa Update 2020 - Liberia

Sep 24 2020 | Intellectual Property, | Our Network News, | Stephen Hollis,

Registry Visit In November 2019, Stephen Hollis (partner, Adams & Adams) and Menzi Maboyi (Afric...

Africa Update 2020 - Ghana

Sep 14 2020 | Intellectual Property, | Our Network News, | Stephen Hollis,

Registry Visit In November 2019, Adams & Adams partner, Stephen Hollis, and Africa Practice Mana...

Where to now for South Africa’s copyright reform?

Aug 07 2020 | Copyright, | Intellectual Property, | South Africa, | Stephen Hollis,

As first published in SAIIPL’s IP Briefs (Vol 2, Issue 7) August 2020. On the 22nd June, with the ...

Copyright Infringement in Cinematographic Films – TellyTrack versus Marshalls World of Sport (Pty) Ltd

Feb 10 2020 | Copyright, | Intellectual Property, | Stephen Hollis,

The Supreme Court of Appeal recently delivered an interesting decision dealing with copyright infrin...

David Guetta accused of copyright infringement

Mar 20 2019 | Copyright, | Intellectual Property, | Stephen Hollis,

A popular South African musician, Daniel Baron, has accused the international dance music superstar ...


Feb 21 2018 | Commercial Law, | Stephen Hollis,

Are you starting, or have you already established a small or medium-sized business? There are many k...

Bowie Bonds and Stardust Savvy

Feb 10 2016 | Eugene Honey, | IPLive - welcome to our blog on IP commercialisation, | Stephen Hollis,

HOW DAVID BOWIE CHANGED THE MUSIC BUSINESS | During his larger than life career in music that spanne...