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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 Uganda.

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 (contentious) and strategic commercial advice to a wide range of industry sectors, helping clients achieve their objectives wherever they do business.

Experience has included advising:

  • MTN, Uganda’s leading telecommunications operator, on the contentious and non-contentious aspects of its license renewal process and in related regulatory engagements with the Uganda Communications Commission.
  • MTN in defending a copyright infringement claim arising out of deployment of ring-back tunes.
  • Experian PLC and MKOPA on compliance requirements with Uganda’s data protection and privacy legislation.
  • The Government of Uganda, in association with Deloitte & Touche, in conducting a business viability study and compliance audit of Uganda Telecom, a leading telecommunications company, ahead of a proposed divestiture.
  • Public Enterprises Loan Restructuring Programme and the Divestiture Reform Implementation Committee in a study to review the then-existing telecommunications legal framework law in Uganda ahead of the enactment of the Uganda Communications Act 1997
  • Grameen Foundation, a global anti-poverty non-profit vehicle, on the licensing of the Village Phone program, including the onward sale of its license and interests to MTN.
  • Africell Uganda on its compliance with the competition law rules set out in the sector competition regulations.
  • Africell Uganda on the nature of its liability as an internet service provider for the acts of copyright infringement committed by individual subscribers and website operators.
  • Africell Uganda on its compliance and authorisation obligations with respect to the public performance of musical works and use of musical works as ring-back tunes.