Stephen Hollis

Stephen Hollis is an Intellectual Property (IP) lawyer who advises local and international clients on brand protection and enforcement strategies with a specific focus on the African market.

Stephen is also a copyright and entertainment law expert, who is passionate about the arts and the protection and advancement of the rights of creatives and vulnerable cultural communities, especially in the digital space. He advises the creative and copyright industries (including music, publishing, film, television, animation, audio-visual and dramatic arts) on rights management, enforcement and content production, commercialisation and related deal structuring.

Stephen is a Fellow of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL), a registered Trademark Practitioner and a member of SAIIPL’s Copyright and International Treaties Committees.

Stephen is also a member of the Africa IP Group of Adams & Adams, where he often gets involved in the development and implementation of business strategies for the African market. He frequently travels to other African countries to engage with government officials on legislative and local IP practice issues and to present at IP conferences hosted by WIPO, ARIPO and other organisations.

Areas of Specialisation:
Trade Marks:
- Brand protection, enforcement, and commercialisation.
- Rights management and enforcement.
- Deal structuring with respect to content production and commercialisation.

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The Jerusalema IP challenge
The Jerusalema IP challenge

Hot on the heels of the Jerusalema dance challenge that took the world by storm last year, a new challenge is developing for some organisations that uploaded videos online showcasing their brands and workforce dancing to South African DJ Master KG’s global megahit,…

South Africa’s copyright law is on a knife-edge
South Africa’s copyright law is on a knife-edge

The August 2017 Parliamentary hearings on the Copyright Amendment Bill involved more than 70 submissions (written and oral), leading the Portfolio Committee for Trade & Industry to conclude that the Bill requires a lot more work. The Committee decided to take…

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