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Intellectual Property and Technology

In addition to handling the establishment of telecom structures in West Africa, we regularly provide legal services to many domestic and foreign corporations operating in the technology sector.

This includes regulatory advice for the sector, monitoring of legislative changes and related intellectual property advice.

Experience has included advising:

  • The West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) to conduct a survey on the legal aspects of the telecommunications, media and technology sector in six West African countries with the aim of harmonizing legislation.
  • Sky Vision Global Networks Ltd on telecommunications acquisitions in Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea and Niger
  • Microsoft Corporation on the roll out of Windows Live Service across several jurisdictions in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Google with a monthly legislative change monitoring report in Senegal.

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.