Gérard du Plessis

Gérard du Plessis

Gérard du Plessis

Partner & Firm Chairman

Trade Mark Attorney


  • Specialisation

  • Bio

    Gérard du Plessis is a senior partner of the firm and has served as the Chairman of Adams & Adams from 2013 to date. He specialises in litigation relating to trade marks, copyright, unlawful competition, domain names, advertising law and counterfeit goods. He is responsible for the trade mark portfolios of many multi-nationals and South African companies in Africa and throughout the world. Some of his key clients include Comair Limited, Sasol Limited, Yum! Brands and Beiersdorf AG. He is regularly quoted in local publications and interviewed on radio regarding IP developments, both in South Africa and throughout Africa. He is a sought after speaker both in South Africa and at international IP conferences, most recently the BRICS IP Forum in London, UK in 2016.  He regularly attends INTA and Marques conferences. Gérard has published numerous articles on IP and is a co-author of the Lexis Nexis publication Practitioner’s Guide to Intellectual Property Law. He lectures on IP to LLM students at the Adams & Adams IP Centre at the University of Pretoria. He has been practising in the field of intellectual property law since 1995.

  • Academic

    • BLC – University of Pretoria | 1992
    • LLB – University of Pretoria | 1994

  • Qualifications

    • Qualified Trade Marks Practitioner | 1998
    • Admitted attorney | 1995

  • Credentials

    • Who’s Who Legal: The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers
    • Trademarks | 2013
    • The International Who’s Who of Trademark Lawyers | 2013
    • Chambers Global Guide Legal Rankings: South Africa | 2013
    • Best Lawyers: Intellectual Property Law – South Africa | 2014
    • Who’s Who Legal Ranking – Trademarks | 2017
    • Best Lawyers: Intellectual Property Law – South Africa | 2018
    • Best Lawyers: Lawyer of the Year for IP in South Africa | 2018