Gavin Marriott
Gavin Marriott
Telephone: 011 217 0994
Mobile: 082 824 0616
Email: marriott@counsel.co.za

Gavin Marriott

 

Gavin holds BSc (chemistry, biochemistry and law) and LLB degrees from Rhodes University.

Prior to joining the bar in 2007, Gavin qualified as a patent attorney and practiced in all fields of intellectual property law.  Having completed his articles at Bowman Gilfillan, Gavin spent three years practising as a solicitor in Linklaters’ London and Hong Kong offices.  On his return to South Africa, Gavin joined Adams & Adams.  He was made a partner in 2006.

Gavin has a general commercial practice, but specialises in both intellectual property and competition law.  He appears regularly before the Supreme Court of Appeal, the Competition Appeal Court, the Court of the Commissioner of Patents, the High Court and the Competition Tribunal.  He has been listed as one of the world’s leading patent lawyers by Who’s Who Legal every year since 2014.

Some of the more prominent or reported cases in which he has appeared include the following.

Patents

Supreme Court of Appeal

  • Pharma Dynamics (Pty) Ltd v Bayer Pharma AG (Formerly Bayer Schering Pharma AG) [2014] 4 All SA 302 (SCA).
  • Bayer Pharma AG v Pharma Dynamics (Pty) Ltd [2014] ZASCA 201 (SCA) (28 November 2014).
  • IO Tech Manufacturing (Pty) Ltd & Others v Gallagher Group Ltd & Another [2014] 2 All SA 134 (SCA); 2013 BIP 138 (SCA).
  • Standard Bank of South Africa Ltd & Others v 3M Future Africa (Pty) Ltd 2013 BIP 128 (SCA).
  • Camworth Technologies Limited v Videx Wire Products (Pty) Ltd [2014] 2 All SA 134 (SCA); 2013 BIP 57 (SCA).
  • Buckman Laboratories (Pty) Ltd v Bromine Compounds Ltd 2008 BIP 21 (SCA).
  • Vari-Deals 101 (Pty) Ltd t/a Vari-Deals & Others v Sunsmart Products (Pty) Ltd 2008 (3) SA 447 (SCA).

Court of the Commissioner of Patents

  • Cipla Agrimed (Pty) Ltd v Merck Sharp Dohme Group 2014 JDR 0701 (CP).
  • Merial v Cipla Vet (Pty) Ltd 2014 JDR 1641 (CP).
  • Gallagher Group Ltd & Another v IO Tech Manufacturing (Pty) Ltd & Others 2013 BIP 45 (CP); 2014 (2) SA 157 (CP).
  • Astrazeneca AB & Another v Sandoz SA (Pty) Ltd 2013 BIP 113 (CP).
  • Bayer Pharma AG v Pharma Dynamics (Pty) Ltd 2013 BIP 79 (CP).
  • SHFL Entertainment Inc (Formerly Shuffle Master Inc) v TCS John Huxley (Pty) Ltd & Another 2013 BIP 92 (CP); 2014 (2) SA 345 (GP)
  • Mantella Trading 310 (Pty) Ltd v Kusile Mining (Pty) Ltd 2013 BIP 145 (CP)
  • 3M Future Africa (Pty) Ltd v Standard Bank of South Africa Ltd & Others 2012 BIP 67 (CP)
  • Dynamic Fluid Control (Pty) Ltd v LW Tank Systems CC 2011 BIP 79 (CP)
  • Resca & Another v Dave Sheer Gunsmithing CC 2011 BIP 6 (CP)

Designs

Supreme Court of Appeal

  • BMW AG v Grandmark International (Pty) Ltd & Another 2014 (1) SA 323 (SCA); 2013 BIP 427 (SCA)

North Gauteng full bench appeal

  • MCG Industries (Pty) Ltd v Chespak (Pty) Ltd 2013 BIP 435 (GNP)

North Gauteng High Court

  • Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft v Grandmark International (Pty) Ltd & Another 2012 BIP 287 (GNP)\
  • MCG Industries (Pty) Ltd v Chespak (Pty) Ltd 2011 BIP 284 (GNP)

Trade Marks, copyright and counterfeit goods

Supreme Court of Appeal

  • Mr Video (Pty) Ltd & Others v Nu Metro Filmed Entertainment (Pty) Ltd & Others [2010] 2 All SA 34 (SCA); 2009 BIP 302 (SCA)
  • Société Des Produits Nestlé SA & Another v International Foodstuffs Co & Others 2014 ZASCA 187 (27 November 2014)
  • Puma AG Rudolf Dassler Sport v Rampar Trading (Pty) Ltd & Others [2011] 2 All SA 290 (SCA); 2010 BIP 317 (SCA); 2011 (2) SA 463 (SCA)

North Gauteng full bench appeal

  • Foschini Retail Group (Pty) Ltd v Coetzee 2013 BIP 275 (GNP)

North Gauteng High Court

  • Société Des Produits Nestlé SA & Another v International Foodstuffs Co & Others 2013 BIP 320 (GNP)
  • Epic Foods (Pty) Ltd v Pret A Manger (Europe) Ltd & Another 2011 BIP 202 (GNP)
  • Golden Fried Chicken (Pty) Ltd v Soulsa CC 2009 BIP 73 (T)

Unlawful competition

Eastern Cape full bench appeal

  • Swartkops Sea Salt (Pty) Ltd v Cerebos Ltd 2013 BIP 453 (ECG)

High Court (PE, Grahamstown and Durban)

  • Georges Briere SA v Mthimunye Engineering Works CC & Others 2012 BIP 262 (KZD)
  • Swartkops Sea Salt (Pty) Ltd v Cerebos Ltd 2011 BIP 411 (ECP)
  • Royal Salt Company (Pty) Ltd v Swartkops Sea Salt (Pty) Ltd & Another 2011 BIP 260 (ECG)

General commercial

  • Boost Sports Africa (Pty) Ltd v South African Breweries Ltd 2014 (4) SA 343 (GP)
  • Replication Technology Group & Others v Gallo Africa Ltd 2009 (5) SA 531 (GSJ)
  • Southern African Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators v Careers-In-Sync CC 2014 JDR 2320 (GJ)

Competition law

Competition Appeal Court

  • Minister of Economic Development and others / Competition Tribunal and others; South African Commercial, Catering and Allied Workers Union / Walmart Stores Inc and another [2012] 1 CPLR 6 (CAC)
  • Sasol Chemical Industries Limited v Competition Commission – decision pending.

Competition Tribunal

Mergers

  • Life Healthcare Group (Pty) Ltd / Joint Medical Holdings Limited [2013] 1 CPLR 227 (CT)
  • Glencore International plc / Xstrata plc [2013] 1 CPLR 191 (CT)
  • Senmin International (Pty) Ltd / Cellulose Derivatives (Pty) Ltd [2013] 1 CPLR 146 (CT)
  • Tsogo Sun Holdings (Pty) Ltd and Gold Reef Resorts 26/LM/May10
  • Walmart Stores Inc / Massmart Holdings Ltd [2011] 1 CPLR 145 (CT)
  • Media24 Limited & Another / The Natal Witness Printing and Publishing Company (Pty) Ltd [2012] 2 CPLR 462 (CT)

Abuse cases

  • Competition Commission of South Africa v Sasol Chemical Industries Limited [2014] 1 CPLR 155 (CT)
  • Competition Commission v Media 24 Limited – decision pending.

Other

  • Caxton and CTP Publishers and Printers Ltd / Competition Commission and others [2011] 2 CPLR 304 (CT)