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Kelly Thompson

Kelly Thompson is a Partner in the trade mark litigation group and serves as the 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.

Areas of Specialisation

Trade Marks:
-Enforcement
-Ambush Marketing
-Advertising Law Services

Copyright:
-Enforcement

Litigation:
-Advertising
-Copyright
-Dispute Resolution
-Trade Marks

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Ambushing a Lion – Is it a good idea?
Ambushing a Lion – Is it a good idea?

The British & Irish Lions have arrived in South Africa! However, they touched down amid the country’s third, and seemingly worst, wave of Covid-19 infections. The Lions will face the Springboks in three rugby tests from 24 July and although South African Rugby…

An SA twist in the ‘Cola Wars’ – Trade mark dispute
An SA twist in the ‘Cola Wars’ – Trade mark dispute

The Supreme Court of Appeal handed down a landmark decision on Friday involving a trade mark dispute between two of the world’s largest beverage manufacturers, PepsiCo Inc (Pepsi) and Atlantic Industries (Atlantic), a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Coca-Cola…

Retouched Fashion Photos – What are the rules?

The Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance (GALA) reported recently that France has enacted new legislation requiring that all altered or retouched commercial photographs of models, whose body appearance...
Retouched Photos

A goose egg for a wild turkey

An Australian court ruling on authorised use within a trade mark license agreement may affect South African brand owners. The Federal Court in Australia recently handed...

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