Alexis Apostolidis

IAM Research

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Silver - Individuals: litigation

“An excellent partner in all aspects of strategic IP management”, the Adams & Adams team receives glowing praise for its “remarkable ability to respond quickly, 24/7 availability and impeccable track record”. The outfit shines in the non-contentious space and has 10 individuals listed in the prosecution table – more than any other firm in the chapter. Patent division chair and master strategist Janice Galvad excels at “answering any and all questions in a concise and easily understandable manner”. She also leads the Oversees Filing department alongside Wilhelm Prozesky, a forward-thinker with a knack for building portfolios and client relationships that withstand the test of time. Another well-connected partner who makes things seamless for her following is Nicky Garnett, who has served as the head of the Africa Patents department for over 12 years. With significant exposure to the operations of patent offices in major jurisdictions, “Pieter Visagie enhances his experience in the prosecution of patent applications both locally and internationally. He also has a competent and precise understanding of the industry and can always be counted on to manage patent portfolios efficiently”. Seasoned electrical engineers Vishen Pillay and James Davies are instrumental in the development of their patrons’ ideas. Pillay has a solid reputation as a valued adviser to universities, while Davies thrives in the developing field of software-implemented inventions. Fellow electrical engineer Johnny Fiandeiro has recently been occupied by Master Drilling to aid them with the prosecution of several large-scale drilling and tunnelling machines. On the mechanics side, Colin MacKenzie has sharpened his skills over three decades of practice and serves as a repository of trust to a host of national and international businesses. Completing the prosecution line-up is Louis van der Walt, a chemist who relishes working with both first-time inventors and established companies. Equally proficient on the contentious front, the “tremendously experienced” Dario Tanziani breezes through complex briefs and is at ease when it comes to blockbuster pharmaceutical cases. Hailed for his litigation expertise, “Alexis Apostolidis is super bright, grounded and truly exceptional”. “Russell Bagnall is an experienced litigator who consistently achieves good results for his clients”, and lately he has been partnering up with Danie Dohmen to representBayer.

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