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Bowmans

Intellectual Property

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What the team is known for

Market-leading intellectual property group with an enviable roster of global clients, including e-commerce companies, banks and consumer goods corporations. Highly adept in the handling of regional mandates, notably advising on trade mark registration and infringements, counterfeiting and general portfolio management. Maintains its excellent IP coverage in East Africa, with a number of strong relationships with law firms on the African continent and around the globe. Possesses top-drawer expertise in IP litigation, including opposition proceedings and patent prosecutions.

Strengths

Sources praise the firm's "ability to collect evidence globally and apply it to an East African context."

Further interviewees consider the practice to be "professional, courteous, amiable and genuinely interested in helping their clients."

Work highlights

Represented Cipla in a dispute with former distributor Lords Healthcare relating to the latter claiming ownership of the client's global trade marks and drug registrations.

Notable practitioners

John Syekei is one of the field's pre-eminent practitioners, offering clients the full gamut of contentious and advisory IP counsel. He is well versed in acting on infringement and enforcement disputes, as well as anti-counterfeiting and data protection. Interviewees value his propensity to exceed client expectations.

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Overview

East Africa remains an investment destination of choice for investors seeking to expand their operations into Africa.

The entry of multiple brands into the region has made the ability to register and protect the rights that investors and clients obtain in their products, services and brands an essential success component in the business environment.

Working as one team coordinated across three jurisdictional offices, our unparalleled dedicated East Africa Intellectual Property (IP) Practice handles:

  • IP litigation focussing on trade marks, patents, designs and copyright infringements;
  • multi-jurisdictional anti-counterfeits actions/ raids;
  • trade mark oppositions and expungement matters in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda;
  • designs and patent revocations;
  • brand migration advice;
  • IP due diligence;
  • franchising; and
  • competition and IP opinions.

We act for clients both locally and internationally under the Madrid and ARIPO systems of registration, and help our clients with national protection in other countries worldwide through a network of associate agent law firms.

Our clients include leading multinationals from around the world within the financial services, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals and healthcare, and technology, media and telecommunications sectors.

Intellectual Property Department

Bowmans

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Department location

5th Floor, ICEA Lion Centre, West Wing

Riverside Park, Chiromo Road

PO Box 10643-00100

Nairobi

Nairobi

Kenya

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Kenya

Intellectual Property


John Syekei
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