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Chinasa Uwanna

Lagos, Nigeria Global Guide 2021 Ranked in 1 departments
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Chinasa Uwanna "covers every aspect of IP law," according to observers. She is well placed to assist with regulatory matters, including IP enforcement and protection issues faced by new entrants to the Nigerian market. She exhibits further expertise in prosecutions and trade mark filings.
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Practice Areas

Intellectual Property & Technology

Media & Entertainment

Corporate & Commercial Law

Career

Chinasa was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2006 and since 2008, she has worked with top Commercial Law Firms in Nigeria like Jackson, Etti & Edu and Aluko & Oyebode. Currently, she is a Senior Associate in Banwo & Ighodalo where she leads the Intellectual Property Law, Technology, Media & Entertainment practice group. She specializes in IP and general Commercial Law practice, assisting local/international clients on IP issues. She has excellent experience in the field and has advised in numerous local, as well as cross-border and multi-jurisdictional transactions involving brand registration, transfer, commercialization, protection and enforcement particularly in Nigeria and other African jurisdictions. She also advises business owners on regulatory and product registration issues with particular reference to their IP rights. In addition, her experience cuts across Corporate and Commercial Law transactions and advisory.

An author and regular speaker on IP and ancillary issues, Chinasa has presented several papers on IP both locally and internationally, including at the annual roundtable of the Anti- Counterfeiting Collaboration, Nigeria; the Arizona State University conference on International Aspects of IP Law in Arizona in 2012; and the International Trademark Association’s 2018 Middle East and Africa conference in Dubai and more recently, at the Webinars organized by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control for Herbal Medicine practitioners; and the Eko Innovation Centre monthly educational sessions for startups (in June 2020); as well as the webinar examining ‘The Importance of Geographical Indications to the Sustainable Development of Nigeria’, organised by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Nigeria Office in collaboration with the Africa International Trade and Commerce Research (AITCR). She has also presented papers at the IPR Gorilla Conferences. In addition, she regularly facilitates the IP sessions of the Fate Foundation NutriPitch Accelerator Programme dedicated to nutrition and food safety focused businesses in Nigeria, and the Start Up School organised by The Bulb Africa.

Chinasa is currently an Executive Member of the Intellectual Property Law Association of Nigeria (IPLAN) where she serves as the Treasurer. A serving member of the INTA Middle East and Africa Anti-Counterfeiting Sub-Committee, Chinasa has also served for 2 previous terms on that committee as well as on the INTA Trade Marks Reporter Committee.

Professional Memberships

Nigerian Bar Association (NBA)

Anti-Counterfeiting Collaboration, (ACC) Nigeria

Intellectual Property Law Association of Nigeria (IPLAN)

Pharmaceutical Trade Marks Group (PTMG)

International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)

International Trademark Association (INTA)

Publications

International Comparative Guide: Trade Marks 2012 (– http://www.iclg.co.uk/practice-areas/trade-marks/trade-marks-2012) (Nigerian Chapter)

International Comparative Guide: Trade Marks 2013 (– http://www.iclg.co.uk/practice-areas/trade-marks/trade-marks-2013) (Nigerian Chapter)

International Trademark Association (INTA) Country Guides 2018, 2019 and 2020 (Nigeria)

Personal

Chinasa engages more and more in teaching/ mentoring Nigerian university students and fresh graduates on the importance of IP and Technology in national development. She served as one of the Judges in the 2nd Edition of the Babalola Law Dictionary Competition for Young Lawyers in Nigeria and is a contributor to the Future Africa Forum on Development and Industrialization issues. She is a Faculty member of the Africa Franchise Institute; a 2014 VVLead Fellow of the Vital Voices Global Partnership and the co-founder of the Social & Entrepreneurial Development Initiative (SEDI) Nigeria (a non-profit organization in Nigeria aimed at Youth Empowerment and Entrepreneurial Development, as well as the promotion of Social, Cultural and Economic Development). She is also a Volunteer Facilitator with the FATE Foundation (a non-profit, private sector led organization in Nigeria) on IP issues.

Chinasa has a Master’s Degree in IP Law from the University of Turin/ WIPO and enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter.

Experience

Trademarks; Patents; Designs; Copyright; Anti-counterfeiting; Product Registration; Licensing & Distributorship; Data Protection; Technology; Media & Entertainment

Work Highlights

Chinasa recently advised Dangote Industries Limited in relation to IP and regulatory issues arising from the acquisition of Dangote Flour Mills Plc. (a major flour and pasta manufacturer in Nigeria) by Olam International for the sum of US$ 361 million.

She had previously advised GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Nigeria Plc. in relation to the divestment of its drinks business to Suntory Beverage and Food Nigeria Limited, a subsidiary of Lucozade Ribena Suntory Limited and subsequently conducted a gap analysis to highlight the extent of GSK Nigeria’s compliance with the laws and regulations that govern its business and activities. Prior to that, she was also part of the team that advised Troyka Holdings Limited (the first wholly integrated marketing communications service provider in West Africa) on regulatory compliance, franchising, co-branding, and IP enforcement issues in connection with the sale and purchase of 25% of the issued share capital of five (5) of the Company’s marketing, public relations and advertising companies to Publicis Groupe Holdings B.V. She currently represents Roraj Trade Limited Liability Company (wholly owned by the successful and award winning singer, songwriter and actress Ms. Robyn Rihanna Fenty popularly known worldwide by the stage name Rihanna) in several trade mark oppositions matters involving the FENTY trademark; and regularly reviews all media campaigns and advertisements of Heineken International to confirm compliance with Nigerian IP and Advertising Laws, before they are aired.

Industry Sector Expertise

Pharmaceuticals; FMCG, Food & Beverage, Manufacturing, Technology, Telecommunications, Media & Entertainment, Automobile

Awards

IP Stars 2020: Rising Star

Managing Intellectual Property (MIP)

2020

WTR 1000 2020

World Trademark Review

2020

WIPR Leaders

World IP Review

2021

Associates to watch

Chambers Global

2020

One to watch

Chambers Global

2019

Rising Star

Chambers Global

2018

Education

Imo State University

LL.B (Bachelor of Laws)

1999 - 2004

Nig Law School

B.L. (Barrister at Law)

2005 - 2006

University of Turin

LL.M (Intellectual Property) (Masters in Law)

2017 - 2018

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