Nadine Archer

Nadine Archer

Baker & McKenzie London Services Ltd.
Solicitor admitted to practice in South Africa


Nadine is a Senior Trade Marks Associate in the Intellectual Property practice. Nadine has extensive experience managing multijurisdictional trade mark portfolios with a focus on the contentious trade mark disputes, multijurisdictional brand clearance advice, filing strategies, design and copyright registrations. Nadine's practice is mainly in the food, beverage and technology sectors. Nadine is a qualified solicitor in South Africa and started her practice in South Africa.

Nadine was ranked as a "key name" in Legal 500 2023 and 2024 for PATMA Trade Mark Attorneys. Clients say "Nadine is a highly-experienced trade mark counsel with extensive knowledge of national trade mark regimes around the world."

Nadine as also ranked in WTR 1000 in 2024 and clients say that Nadine "brings valuable expertise in the technology industry and when handling multi-jurisdictional instructions. Putting in flawless performances across the board."

Practice Focus

Most of Nadine's time is spent providing strategic advice on trade mark disputes such as infringements, oppositions, invalidity, cancellation actions and  company name disputes; advising on new product launches through pre-launch brand clearance advice, preparing filing strategies in the artificial intelligence, food, confectionery and beverages sectors.

Nadine has been actively involved in INTA since 2007 and is currently a member of INTA's Emerging Issues Committee. She has served on various INTA committees since 2008 and was the Sub-committee chair for the Model Law Trademark Guidelines sub-committee from 2014-2019. She also served on INTA's Africa Global Advisory Council from 2018-2019.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Acting for one of the leading artificial intelligence companies on a complex multi-jurisdictional trade mark dispute to prevent the registration of one of their core trade marks by a competing AI start-up.
  • Successfully helping one of the largest FMCG companies in an appeal to the Appointed Person to protect one of their well known soap products.
  • Successfully assisting one of the largest FMCG companies prevent its iconic and well known ice cream brand from being diluted in the UK.
  • Represented an FMCG in a multijurisdictional defence of its ice cream trade mark applications which were opposed by a well known energy drinks company.
  • Advising a leading tea company on an infringement claim in relation to its biggest selling tea products.
  • Advising a high end tea business with an infringement claim against a trade mark pirate.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • INTA - Member since 2007
  • Emerging Issues Committee from January 2024
  • Trade Mark Office Practice Committee member from 2020 - 2023
  • Sub-committee Chairperson for INTA's Model Trademark Law Guidelines Committee from 2014 - 2019
  • INTA's Africa Global Advisory Council from 2018-2019
  • Legislation Regulation and Practice Committee from 2013-2019 - Member
  • Trade Mark Office Practice Committee member from 2008-2012 - Member


  • South Africa (2013)


  • University of South Africa (2000)


  • English


  • Editor and co-author, INTA Model Trademark Law Guidelines, 2019
  • Author, "The Active Ingredient" - CITMA Review August 2014
  • Co-author, "Intellectual Property Rights in Hashtags", 2014


  • Co-speaker, Baker McKenzie Trade Mark Breakfast Briefing - "Broad specifications: The pros and cons of taking a more restrictive approach" 2019
  • Table Topic Moderator INTA 2018, "Registered Designs: How to Address the Cross Border Challenges of Filing Designs in Multiple Jurisdictions"
  • Table Topic Moderator, "Shape Shifters, Finding a Balance Between 3D Marks, Designs and Copyright. INTA 2015

Firm Committee Memberships

  • BakerWomen