Kenna Partners has a wealth of experience and a hard-earned track record of providing bespoke and innovative legal representation and advice in Intellectual Property law. We understand the immense value attached to the intellectual property of an organisation and find its utility of Intellectual Property as a veritable source of wealth generation. Our diverse client portfolio covering banks and financial institutions, technology companies, manufacturing giants, telecommunication companies, Non-Governmental Organisations, High Net Worth individuals, institutional investors, Media personalities, as well as regulators. We have proven expertise and insight in advising on all aspects of the Intellectual Property Law, regulation and compliance. We thus provide commercially aware advisory services in this space as well as defend our clients’ interests by exploring the best in litigation techniques.
Copyrights, Trademarks, Trade Secrets, Patents and Designs: Cores of IP Protection
Our Intellectual Property team possesses expertise in all the key phases of the Intellectual Property value chain.
KENNA PARTNERS is a leading multi-service law firm in Nigeria, known for providing bespoke solutions to the specific needs of the Client. Our Intellectual Property Practice Unit deals with the creation and protection of intellectual property rights, and the commercial exploitation of such rights through registrations, licensing, assignments and litigation when necessary. Our intellectual property lawyers have substantial experience in diverse areas – Trademark, Copyright, Patent, and Trade Secrets. We provide indigenous and foreign clients with trademark, copyright and patent registration, counselling, and transactional services, with a strategic focus aimed at enabling the Client to achieve its business objectives and maximise its potential.
We also assist clients in protecting intellectual property rights from infringement, counterfeiting, misappropriation, and unfair competition.
Unique among law firms, we have a large and highly qualitative intellectual property practice which includes the following:
Our lawyers in the Intellectual Property Practice unit have extensive experience in all aspects of Intellectual Property including trademark registration/renewals, opposition proceedings, trademark infringement and passing off. We also provide general trademark portfolio consultancy and management services to our clients for their specific business needs.
We understand the importance of protecting proprietary/property rights that subsist in certain specified types of work as provided by the Copyright Act Cap C28, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2010. With an appreciable knowledge of the economic rights accruing to owners of copyrights, we are well-positioned to recommend favourable means to ensure the protection of these rights. We have experience in handling the copyright portfolio for several award-winning musicians, artists, and authors.
Our experts understand the technical intricacies in invention and the grant of patents. We are therefore able to guide clients on the type of inventions in respect of which the law will grant a patent and conditions which must be fulfilled before such inventions can be patented. Our advice covers intellectual property rights of a patentor, licensing inventions, general protection of all rights in respect of Patent, setting up a business around the invention, etc.
We facilitate the registration of industrial designs which are any combination of lines or colours or both, and any three-dimensional form, whether or not associated with colours, if it is intended by the creator to be used as a model or pattern to be multiplied by industrial process and is not intended solely to obtain technical result. An industrial design must be registered in order to be protected under the Patent and Design Act, Cap P2, LFN 2004.
We provide advisory services to Clients who intend to keep information relating to their business as trade secrets. We provide insight into the law of confidentiality, which protects trade secrets and ways to secure the trade secret.
Intellectual Property Watch
This is a complimentary service to all our Clients to keep them abreast of all developments in the intellectual property space. We also provide clients with a periodic compliance report tailored to meet the client’s business needs and highlight specific or potential violations of their intellectual property rights.
Our lawyers in the dispute resolution department advise clients across various practice areas including intellectual property. We litigate at the Federal High Court and appellate courts and represent Clients in licensing disputes, often successfully avoiding or settling litigation. In doing this, we form and continue to sustain close working relationships with Clients’ staff, attorneys and legal assistants in order to establish flexibility and efficiency in maximizing available skills and minimising the expense of litigation. We bring an exceptional combination of technical and trial skills to litigation.