South African law firms recognised at global intellectual property awards

June 1st, 2015

By Nomfundo Manyathi-Jele

Intellectual property law firm, Adams & Adams has won the 2015 Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) award for the Best intellectual property (IP) law firm in Africa. The awards were held in London in March. The MIP is a global magazine that is recognised as the voice of the IP industry.

The Africa Award was awarded for the first time this year. The MIP global awards honour outstanding IP law firms and individuals across the world and are chosen based on the editorial team’s research and analysis of public information. The awards recognise law firms globally and their commitment to innovation, outstanding work in the previous year, as well as new clients. On the shortlist for the best IP law firm in Africa award were Abu-Ghazaleh Intellectual Property, Saba & Co, NJQ & Associates, ENSafrica and Spoor & Fisher.

In a press release, chairperson of Adams & Adams, Gérard du Plessis said: ‘In 2014 Adams & Adams received the MIP award for the Best IP law firm in South Africa and the 2015 award for the whole of Africa is an achievement on an entirely new level.’

This year the award for the Best IP law firm in South Africa went to Spoor & Fisher. The other nominees were DM Kisch, ENSafrica, Von Seidels and Adams & Adams.

In a press release, the chairperson of Spoor & Fisher, Keith Brown, said: ‘The award cements our position as the country’s best IP practice, with unmatched strength in patents, copyright and trademarks.’

Nomfundo Manyathi-Jele NDip Journ (DUT) BTech Journ (TUT) is the news editor at De Rebus.

This article was first published in De Rebus in 2015 (June) DR 11.

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