Kay Rickelman

Foreign Counsel - Pretoria, South Africa

Email: k.rickelman@spoor.com
Tel:     + 27 12 676 1213
Fax:    + 27 12 676 1100

BS (cum laude) with distinction in Psychology, University of Illinois 1981; Juris Doctor, University of Illinois 1984. Licensed Attorney, State of Illinois, USA. Federal District Court, Northern District of Illinois, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit.

33 years (SA and USA)

Fields of practice
Domestic and international trade mark registration, searches and clearance, international trade mark litigation. She specialises in portfolio management and oversees the needs of many large international companies with regard to their trademark matters in Africa and abroad. As the firm’s foreign trade marks counsel, Kay also specialises in obtaining and enforcing trade mark protection in foreign countries.

Industry associations
Associate member of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law.

Professional activities
INTA Board of Directors 2009-2011 term INTA Planning Committee 2009-2010 Chair of INTA Bulletin Committee 2008-2009; and Vice Chair 2007,2008 INTA Bulletin Sub-committee on Law and Practice in Africa and the Middle East – Chair, 2003-2006, INTA Leadership Development Committee 2010-2014 University of Illinois Alumni Association: Board of Directors 2008-2014, University of Illinois Alumni Association Audit Committee 2008-2014, South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law International Treaties Committee.

Market Recognition
Listed in the WTR 1000 as one of the the World's Leading Trade Mark Professionals in 2011 - 2017.
Listed in the Who's Who Legal Trademark edition of the International Who's Who of Business Lawyers for 2010 - 2014.
Recognised in the Who's Who Legal Trademark edition as one of the most highly regarded individuals in the Middle East and Africa in 2014 and 2016.
Kay is listed as one of the World’s Leading Practitioners in Euromoney's Expert Guides - Trade Mark 2016.
Listed in Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders 2017.

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