Intellectual Property Law

In a technology-driven era, our integrated IP expertise offering is unmatched, we work in vast technology-based areas such as Fintech, Biotech, Edutech, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. 

One among our distinguishing features is our one-point-of-contact service. Our client’s full Intellectual Property portfolio (contentious and non-contentious) is managed by one partner with a team of experts to serve Client’s interests and demands in a satisfactory manner. Clients value the simplicity of having one point of contact as well as the depth of the relationship and trust built through this engagement structure. We invariably inform and update our clients of any changes to the IP Registry and IP Laws within and outside Tanzania.

We are also members of the International Trademark Association (INTA), and the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI), European Communities Trademark Association (ECTA), the global associations of trademark owners and professionals, amongst other IP and technology organisations.

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At ECA we offer a full range of Intellectual Property services by supporting our client’s IPR matters in Tanzania, Zanzibar, and ARIPO in the areas of:

  • Trademarks, Patents, Designs, & Copyrights Registration and Prosecution
  • Drafting and Submitting Oppositions
  • Cancellation and Appeal Actions
  • Trademark Infringement Claims
  • IPR Registrations/Renewals
  • Anti-Unfair Competition Matters
  • Anti-Counterfeiting
  • IP Enforcement & Litigation
  • Domain and Trade Name Protection
  • Corporate and Legal Advisory
  • IP exchange control and tax advice
  • Customs Protection of Intellectual Property Rights and Negotiation on Various Intellectual Property Issues
  • Structuring of IP Ownership, Securitisation and IP Valuations
  • Advice related to the commercialisation of IP and how these assets may be protected by registration, monetised by licensing and assignment, enforced, secured and leveraged to their maximum potential; and
  • Commercial Drafting for Transactions involving IP such as Licensing, Distribution, Technology Transfer, Investment Agreements, Research and Collaboration Agreements, Franchise Agreements and Global Joint Ventures.

Examples of the Firm’s Attorneys’ Work in Intellectual Property Law:

  • Represented software companies in cases involving trademark infringement in Tanzania and ARIPO.
  • Registered multiple trademarks, patents and copyrights for both local and international companies in Tanzania Mainland, Zanzibar and ARIPO.
  • Representing local and international brands in various Intellectual Property Infringement Claims.