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Kelly Thompson

Areas Of Practice:
Copyright, Trademarks
Phone Number:
+27 (0)12 432 6599
Partner & Chairperson
Years of Practice:
Lynnwood Bridge, 4 Daventry Street, Lynnwood Manor, Pretoria, South Africa
Gauteng / Pretoria
Postal Address:
PO Box 1014, Pretoria, 0001
LLB – University of Stellenbosch |1998
BA – University of Stellenbosch | 1996
Admitted Attorney | 2001
Trade Mark Practitioner | 2001

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.

ADVOC Network – Member
Global Advertising Lawyer Alliance (GALA) – Member
International Trademark Association (INTA) – Member
INTA: Famous and Well-known Marks Committee MEASA Sub-Committee Chair
Legal Practice Council (LPC) – Member
Pretoria Attorneys Association (PAA) – Member
South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL) – Fellow
SAIIPL: Copyright Law Committee Member
SAIIPL: Copyright Lecturer
SAIIPL: Senior Domain Name Dispute Adjudicator

Best Lawyers® – Intellectual Property Law: South Africa | 2018 – 2021
Chambers Global – Ranked Lawyer: Band 3 | 2016 – 2021
Global IP Stars – Top 250 Women in IP | 2018
Legal 500 – Recommended Lawyer | 2019
MIP – IP Stars: Trademarks | 2017 – 2020
WTR 1000 – Individuals: Enforcement and Litigation (Silver) | 2018 – 2021
WTR 1000 – Tier 1 Ranked: Trademark Litigation | 2018 – 2019 (Silver)
WIPR – WIPR Leaders Trademarks | 2018, 2021