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Silver - Individuals: litigation
A “well-organised and effective firm”, Adams & Adams “works efficiently and responds quickly and with clarity, while making complex matters easy to digest – collaborating with the team is an absolute pleasure”. The side has 22 associate offices, enviable geographical reach and the technical nous to support industry leaders and Fortune 500 companies on everything from protection to enforcement and strategic management of IP risks. With Russell Bagnall, Dario Tanziani, Alexis Apostolidis and Danie Dohmen leading the line, complex infringement action is a forte. “Russell’s technical skill is magnificent and his arguments are super-focused as a result”; his business network also facilitates strategic global partnerships, which brings about successful outcomes in the United States and Europe. Tanziani is in his element assisting multinational pharmaceutical companies and setting litigation benchmarks; while Apostolidis puts together structured and succinct pleadings for life sciences companies and automotive giants. “Dohmen’s expertise is invaluable,” enthuses one rights holder. “He is a conscientious legal adviser and a versatile lawyer who generates great value for our company. The way he handles matters is exemplary and always to a high standard.” On the non-contentious side, Janice Galvad and Wilhelm Prozesky co-head the overseas filing section, which effortlessly dispatches briefs from international clients thanks to its streamlined internal processes. Patent department chair Galvad is a vital sounding board to both colleagues and patrons; while Prozesky always looks for ways to enhance the customer experience. For foreign entities seeking to file impeccably drafted applications across the continent, the person to call is Nicky Garnett, who heads up the Africa patents section and leverages her extensive regional connections to obtain optimum protection. A safe pair of hands for multinationals in the nuclear energy and radiochemistry industries, Pieter Visagie partners up with clients to build future-proofed portfolio management strategies that consider their long-term business goals. “Proactive, efficient and personable”, Louis van der Walt interlaces his advice with insight gleaned from his previous position as a senior technical officer at a listed chemicals group; while seasoned mechanical engineer Colin MacKenzie is on hand for adroit, commercially focused portfolio management. With an affinity for electrical engineering, Johnny Fiandeiro, James Davies and Vishen Pillay have their fingers on the pulse of new technologies. Fiandeiro is a computer-implemented invention aficionado; while Davies has a flair for software creations. Pillay comes in for particular praise: “He is an excellent, if not the best, patent attorney in South Africa. Vishen’s advice is honest and business savvy, and he understands technically difficult inventions and translates them into world-class patent specifications.”