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Intellectual Property and Technology

Our intellectual property and technology lawyers provide a full range of commercial, intellectual property law, privacy, sourcing and technology law services for leading businesses in Rwanda.

Intellectual property and technology law is at the core of any major business transaction or strategic dispute and has 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.

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.

Companies deal on a daily basis with a myriad of relationships and contracts that bind them to their suppliers, customers, licensors, and distribution and other strategic partners.

Our commercial contracts lawyers in Rwanda advise on all manner of business-critical transactions, among them sales, agency and distribution, e-commerce, joint ventures and collaborations, manufacturing, logistics, and licensing arrangements, and university spinouts, to name a few.

Key contacts

Calvin Mitali
Calvin Mitali PartnerEquity Juris Chambers Full profile
Casandra Kabagyema
Casandra Kabagyema Senior AssociateEquity Juris Chambers Full profile

Personal information is an increasingly valuable – and increasingly risky – business asset.

As businesses struggle to keep up with the critical, fast-changing data protection laws and face an increasing risk of serious data breaches, our lawyers can provide sophisticated data management, data security and privacy law advice in Rwanda and beyond.

Key contacts

Moses Gatama Kiiza
Moses Gatama Kiiza PartnerEquity Juris Chambers Full profile
Casandra Kabagyema
Casandra Kabagyema Senior AssociateEquity Juris Chambers Full profile

Our lawyers in Rwanda represent clients across the entire spectrum of businesses that have adopted franchising as a means of distribution and cover a broad scope of size and experience, from entrepreneurs and startup companies that are establishing new programs to the largest franchisors, manufacturers and distributors.

Our clients manage franchise networks that range from dozens to thousands of outlets as well as trading globally through online and mobile media channels.

Key contacts

Moses Gatama Kiiza
Moses Gatama Kiiza PartnerEquity Juris Chambers Full profile
Casandra Kabagyema
Casandra Kabagyema Senior AssociateEquity Juris Chambers Full profile

Our lawyers understand the way the media, sport, gaming and entertainment industries work in Rwanda.

We advise on finance, investment and corporate issues, production and rights acquisition, the exploitation of media rights, intellectual property protection and enforcement, regulatory and administrative issues, antitrust and competition law, stadium and arena development and management, and the resolution of disputes.

Key contacts

Calvin Mitali
Calvin Mitali PartnerEquity Juris Chambers Full profile
Casandra Kabagyema
Casandra Kabagyema Senior AssociateEquity Juris Chambers Full profile

Our technology transactions and strategic sourcing lawyers in Rwanda focus on the development, protection, exploitation and use of intellectual property and technology-related assets through the stages of a company's growth, as well as the sourcing of strategic assets and services for use in a company's operations.

We advise clients in core areas such as e-commerce, IP development, licensing, outsourcing, procurement, joint ventures, technology transactions and telecommunications, among others.

Key contacts

Calvin Mitali
Calvin Mitali PartnerEquity Juris Chambers Full profile
Casandra Kabagyema
Casandra Kabagyema Senior AssociateEquity Juris Chambers Full profile

Communications play a critical role in the economies of all countries around the world, and its importance is only increasing with the rapid development of new technologies and products that revolutionize how people – and devices – communicate.

Our telecom lawyers have in-depth knowledge of the commercial, transactional, technical, legal and regulatory issues associated with providing telecommunications services and products in Rwanda.

Key contacts

Moses Gatama Kiiza
Moses Gatama Kiiza PartnerEquity Juris Chambers Full profile
Casandra Kabagyema
Casandra Kabagyema Senior AssociateEquity Juris Chambers Full profile

With increasing globalization it is difficult for companies to know where their next IP issue may arise.

Our lawyers can help you manage your trademarks, designs and copyright in Rwanda and beyond. We work on notable matters in Rwanda and pride ourselves on giving practical and commercial advice to our clients.

Key contacts

Calvin Mitali
Calvin Mitali PartnerEquity Juris Chambers Full profile
Casandra Kabagyema
Casandra Kabagyema Senior AssociateEquity Juris Chambers Full profile

  Experience has included advising:

  •  International and local clients regarding trademark registration procedures and related matters.

  •  International and local clients regarding patent registration procedures and related matters.

  • International and local clients regarding due diligence on intellectual property and related matters.

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.

Expanding into Africa: Regulatory challenges for satellite broadband providers

Over the last several years Africa has been, and continues to be, touted as having multiple opportunities for the expansion of broadband and digital services. This, and the nature of the region geographically, has presented many opportunities for novel technologies to be used for the rollout of broadband to support digital services such as fixed wireless and satellite.

Aiscension: AI in the legal sector

The rise of technological developments has brought with it increased, and new forms of, risk. In today’s digital world, we are creating more data year on year. Data storage, ease of communications (including the use of email and chat), along with the ubiquity of photo and video sharing means that data volumes are increasing exponentially. New technologies pose new challenges and require new regulatory solutions. This backdrop makes it harder for businesses to monitor existing risks.