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.
Active participant in INTA. 

Professional activities
INTA Board of Directors 2009-2011; INTA Planning Committee 2009-2010; Chair of INTA Bulletin Committee 2008-2009 and Vice Chair 2007-2008; INTA Bulletin Sub-committee Chair on Law and Practice in Africa and the Middle East 2003-2006, INTA Leadership Development Committee 2010-2014; INTA Building Bridges Committee 2015-2016 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. Kay has spoken at various international conferences and webinars, including INTA, ABA, FICPI and MIP Women’s Forum on various topics including different aspects of Trademarks in Africa, Leadership and Benefits and Challenges of being an Ex-Pat in the context of Trademark Practice. 

Market Recognition
Listed in the WTR 1000 as one of the the World's Leading Trade Mark Professionals in 2011 - 2018.
Listed in the Who's Who Legal Trademark edition of the International Who's Who of Business Lawyers for 2010 - 2016.
Recognised in the Who's Who Legal Trademark editions as one of the most highly regarded individuals in Africa in 2014 - 2018.
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.
Legal 500 ranks Kay as one of South Africa's Intellectual Property Law experts 2017.

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