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Intellectual Property and Technology

Our intellectual property and technology lawyers in Ghana provide a full range of commercial, intellectual property law, privacy, and technology law services for leading international businesses including registering trademarks and advising on data protection laws.

Intellectual property and technology law have become one of the most critical legal areas as companies continue to expand and protect their technologies, brands, products, data and services around the globe and we are well positioned to provide quality and customized service to each client.

We provide both litigation-related and strategic commercial advice to a wide range of industry sectors, helping clients achieve their objectives wherever they do business.

Experience has included advising:

  • A fintech company on the protection of its intellectual property rights.
  • An international telecommunications and media company in relation to the registration of their trademarks.
  • A South African hotel chain on the various remedies available to it under the Trade Marks Act, 2004 (Act 664) in respect of infringements of its intellectual property rights.
  • And representing a client in quasi-judicial proceedings before the Ghana Trade Marks Registry commenced against it by an opponent to the registration of the client’s trademark in Ghana.
  • An American based company in relation to the launch its software application in Ghana.
  • A global platform operator with principal operations in internet services on the requirements it has to fulfill under Ghana's data protection laws for the grant and acceptance by its employees of restricted stock units online/electronically.
  • An international pharmaceutical company in a global compliance exercise regarding the transfers of data among different entities and with third service providers.
  • A transnational consumer goods company on matters of compliance with local law including data protection laws in Ghana.
  • A major foreign owned telecommunications operator on its acquisition of mobile mast assets of another major telecommunications operator in Ghana involving over 400 lease agreements and over 300 deeds of assignment.
  • A major telecommunications company in relation to the sale of its over 750 telecommunications masts countrywide.

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.