Adams & Adams

Adams & Adams is an internationally recognised and leading African law firm that specialises in providing IP, corporate and commercial services. As the largest IP law practice in Africa, and a leading corporate, property, and commercial law firm in South Africa, the firm prides itself on the groundbreaking work it does and the valuable client relationships it has built with many of the world’s largest corporations and innovative small and medium-sized enterprises. Based in South Africa with branches and associate offices throughout Africa, the firm works with clients around the globe and across industries to protect, enforce and commercialise their valuable intellectual property.

Boasting a range of legal services, from acquisition to enforcement and commercialisation of IP rights, Adams & Adams also offers counsel and the handling of transactions in cases involving patents, copyright, trademarks, designs, licensing and data security. Its expert IP team also litigates these issues in courts across Africa, helping clients achieve success. Likewise, the Adams & Adams general commercial and litigation legal services practices boast competent and powerful teams that are purposed to represent clients in expertise areas such as commercial and contract law, commercial litigation, property services, public procurement, banking and finance, mergers and acquisitions, tax, exchange control, franchising, competition, labour, personal injury, arbitration and dispute resolution, among others. The transactional and litigation experience of its attorneys, the breadth of its practice and the geographical reach of its offices in Africa have enabled the firm to maintain its leading position among law firms involved in commercial services and other corporate transactions, representing a broad array of public and private companies, private equity firms and financial institutions, governmental entities, and other institutions and individuals in almost every type of commercial law situation.

The Adams & Adams patent attorneys are all qualified attorneys and patent agents, and have engineering or science degrees. In addition, our professional assistants are fully qualified attorneys with technical degrees and are in the process of qualifying as patent agents. Our highly experienced team of experts and litigators is responsible for local patent and design filing; patent and design filings from abroad; patent and design filings in Africa; patent and design litigation; and patent and design recordal and renewals. The team is also able to assist inventors with the licensing of patents. We proudly render a full range of patent legal services in a wide variety of technical fields such as biotechnology, chemical engineering, chemistry and pharmaceuticals, electrical and electronic engineering, mechanical engineering, plastics and polymer technology, computer technology and civil engineering.

Adams & Adams is firmly rooted in Africa – with a tenacious belief in the economic growth potential and spirit of the continent. Its head office in Pretoria, the capital of South Africa, provides the perfect gateway through which its partners, supported by some 500 professionals and staff, render a broad range of legal services to clients in Africa and the rest of the world.

Through its associate offices and long-established networks, Adams & Adams serves its global client base throughout the African continent – in matters of intellectual property, commercial law, property and litigation. Hosting regular network meetings with its partners from across Africa, the firm successfully maintains relationships, builds capacity and shares recent updates on IP, corporate and commercial developments taking place across the continent.

Branches and associate offices in Africa

Adams & Adams has branch offices in Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Durban, and 22 associate offices across Africa – namely, in Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Sao Tome and Principe, Swaziland, Tanzania (including Zanzibar), and Zimbabwe.

Key data

  • Number of partners: 65
  • Number of patent experts: 23
  • Languages: English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and various African languages including Sotho, Tswana, Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele, SiSwati, Venda, Afrikaans, Tsonga

Contact details

Adams & Adams
Lynnwood Bridge
4 Daventry Street
Lynnwood Manor
Pretoria 0001
South Africa

Professional contacts

Other offices

  • Cape Town
  • Durban
  • Johannesburg

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