Andrew Papadopoulos


Andrew is chair of KISCH IP’s Executive Committee and a Director and Trade Mark Attorney. He obtained a BCom (Law) in 2003 from the Rand Afrikaans University and an LLB in 2005 from the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. He was admitted as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa in 2008 and became a fellow of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law in 2009.

Leveraging off his business degree and experience in the corporate world, Andrew understands the business objectives of his clients and adopts legal solutions to fit these corporate concerns. His passion for IP litigation, that is, trade mark, unlawful competition and copyright litigation in South Africa and across Africa, means that his clients benefit from a protection as well as an enforcement perspective which is unusual in the South African IP industry. As a result, Andrew manages some of the largest multi-national companies’ trade mark portfolios.

With regard to regulatory matters, Andrew advises clients on compliance with advertising, food labelling, product labelling, company name provisions, domain name provisions, consumer rights provisions and other regulatory issues relating to intellectual property. Accordingly, in addition to court proceedings, Andrew also assists clients in alternative dispute resolutions including advertising objections, domain name disputes, company name objections, complaints of various Government departments regarding product labelling, etc.

Andrew’s extensive experience in regulatory aspects has given him a unique ability to combine the traditional forms of IP enforcement with non-traditional measures of enforcement. The combination of these measures gives, what Andrew believes, his clients the competitive edge in conflict situations.

Andrew’s extensive experience in litigation has positioned him as an expert in his field and is regularly published and he presents workshops to industry role-players.

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Industry Associations
  • Fellow of the Institute of Intellectual Property of South Africa (SAIIPL)
  • Member of the Law Society of the Northern Provinces (LSNP)
  • Member of the Copyright Committee of SAIIPL
  • Member of the International Trademark Association (INTA)
Publications & Conferences

Presented at:

  •  8th Southern African Plant Breeders’ Association Symposium 2010; Selecting And Protecting Variety Names And Trade Marks; Stellenbosch; March 2010;
  • Marketing Legislation Seminar; Introduction to Intellectual Property and Copyright Law; Knowledge Resources; Sandton; July 2010
  • Global IP Exchange, March 2012, Munich, Germany; Materialising your distributors IP for expansion purposes
  • Academy of Intellectual Property Studies (AIPS), Mumbai, India, November 2012; Strategies Relating to producing and Marketing of Genetic Pharmaceuticals in Africa
  • Global IP Exchange, March 2013, Munich, Germany; Regulatory and related strategic issues impacting on IP holders’ use of their IP
  • A ban on brands: is extreme regulation a danger to the value of brands, and will it solve the problems it’s meant to address?; Plain Packaging Roundtable; GIBS, Johannesburg; 10 February 2016
  • Plain Packaging television interview; CCTV Africa – Africa Live; 10 February 2016
  • Ban On Brands radio interview; SAFM; 14 February 2016
  • Free to Choose; Free Market Foundation; Bryanston, Johannesburg; 31 May 2016

Get in touch

Andrew Papadopoulos
Chair: Executive Committee
Trade Mark Attorney
+27 11 324 3012