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Intellectual Property and Technology

Our intellectual property lawyers provide a wide range of services from protecting intellectual property rights, to advising on data security issues, technology licensing and sourcing strategies, with practical and informed guidance.

We have an integrated approach to litigation, advice and transactions, using strategies that deliver optimal results to clients.  

Our track record includes representing individual inventors, artists and entrepreneurs, public institutions, emerging companies, venture capital funds and global corporations.

Experience has included advising:

  • Kenyan, German, Swiss and Chinese private companies in registration of their industrial property rights.
  • Several international companies in registration of trademarks and patents in Burundi.

Smart contracts and trust in Africa’s e-commerce revolution

The coming into effect and promulgation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) has ushered in a new and exciting era for the continent. AfCFTA aims to enhance intra-African trade by providing a complete and mutually beneficial trade agreement among Member States. It covers goods and services, investment, intellectual property rights and competition policy. On December 5, 2020, the African Union Assembly approved the start of trading under AfCFTA as of January 1, 2021.

The development of the digital economy: Competition regulation in Africa

Digital transformation is a driving force for innovative, inclusive and sustainable growth. The digital economy encompasses the economic and social activities that are boosted by platforms such as mobile and sensor networks, including e-commerce. The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) represents an opportunity to boost growth, reduce poverty and expand economic inclusion in Africa.

Digitization: Facilitating the implementation of AfCFTA

The African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) is an agreement among African Union (AU) Member States who have signed and ratified the agreement, to create a single liberalized African market. The combined African market (GDP) of the 55 Member States is valued at USD3.4 trillion with a population of 1.3 billion people, the majority of which are youths and women.