Mariëtte du Plessis

Mariëtte du Plessis

Mariëtte du Plessis

Partner

Trade Mark Attorney

About

  • Specialisation

    • All aspects of trade mark litigation, including trade name infringement, passing off and unlawful competition, as well as company and close corporation name objections
    • Copyright litigation
    • Domain name registrations and objections


  • Bio

    Mariëtte du Plessis has been a partner in the firm of Adams & Adams since 1997. She became a partner at the firm of John & Kernick in 1988, where she headed the Trade Mark Litigation section and attended to the full spectrum of trade mark and copyright litigation.

    Mariëtte specialises in all trade mark, copyright and domain name related disputes in sub-Saharan Africa and has a particular interest in IP aspects of the arts, advertising and social media, with a focus on educating young creative talents to protect their IP. She recently was named in the 6th edition of the Women in Business Law guide as one of the leading Trade mark practitioners in the world.

    Mariëtte is currently a Senior Partner in the Trade Mark Litigation section and was the Chairlady of the Trade Mark Litigation section in 2006/7.  She represents high profile South African and international clients in their trade mark and copyright matters throughout Africa.  She is the client relations partner for a number of such clients. She is also a Senior Adjudicator for .co.za domain name disputes.


  • Academic

    • BLC | University of Pretoria (1984)
    • LLB | University of Pretoria (1986)


  • Qualifications

    • Admitted Attorney | 1989
    • Qualified trade mark practitioner | 1991


  • Credentials

    • Women in Business Law Guide | Leading Trade Mark Practitioner – Worldwide (Current)
    • International Trade Marks Association (INTA) Trade Mark Policy Advocacy Enforcement Committee | Member (Current)
    • International Trade Marks Association (INTA) Board | Director (2006-8)
    • International Trade Marks Association (INTA) Legislative Analysis sub-committee (Africa & Middle East) | Chairlady (2002-3)
    • International Trade Marks Association (INTA) External Relations Committee and PDA Council | Vice-chairlady (2004-5)
    • International Trade Marks Association (INTA) Trade Mark Office Practices Committee, OAPI/ARIPO Sub-committee | Member (2006-2013)
    • South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL) | President (2007)
    • South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL) | Council Member (2003-8)
    • South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL) Trade Mark Law, Copyright Law and ADR Committees | Member & Past Chairlady
    • Trade Mark Law Committee of Marques | Member
    •  Who’s Who Legal Ranking: Sports & Entertainment 2017
    •  Who’s Who Legal Ranking – Trademarks 2017