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ENSafrica is a commercial powerhouse with the resources and know how to tackle the most challenging and pressing IP matters. World Trademark
World Trademark Review 1000 2019

ENSafrica’s large, dedicated IP practice has extensive experience in providing the full spectrum of specialist IP advice to a wide range of internationally-renowned clients.

We are essentially a full-service boutique IP firm within a large, full-service corporate law firm, and we work in partnership with our clients to solve their most complex legal challenges in a world where IP is increasingly becoming an integral part of corporate transactions and the most valuable asset owned by any company.

Our key differentiator is that we offer a holistic, integrated IP service that is commercially focused, tailored to your unique requirements, and sensitive to an array of legal and tax complexities.

Through a deep understanding of your business and your objectives, we can help you to successfully manage and extract value from your IP assets while minimising your legal and regulatory risks.

We have one of the strongest and fastest growing commercial IP offerings in Africa, and our patent attorneys (holding a variety of science degrees) and trade mark practitioners are considered leaders in their fields.

We advise on all aspects of non-contentious and contentious trade mark and copyright matters, including the creation, protection and maintenance of trade marks, copyright and domain names, litigation in the areas of trade marks, copyright, company names, domain names, advertising, passing-off, unlawful competition, and licensing and franchising.

When it comes to patent and registered design advice, our specialist teams can guide you from the conception of your idea to the protection, enforcement and commercialisation of your patents and designs.

We have the unique advantage, as part of Africa’s largest law firm, of being able to harness the expertise of more than 600 practitioners throughout the continent. ENSafrica has a significant breadth and depth of experience and specialist expertise that spans all commercial areas of law, tax, forensics and IP.

As such, we regularly partner with specialists across the firm, meaning that we are able to assist with all aspects of all matters across all sectors in all African jurisdictions, ensuring that your legal requirements are handled quickly and seamlessly.

what we offer

  • IP commercial, transactional and advisory services
  • trade marks
  • copyright
  • patents
  • registered designs

experience

Successful prosecution
of large international patent portfolios, including granted patents in ARIPO, Australia, Canada, Europe and the USA for multinational mining company, Lifezone Limited.
African IP advice
provided to Soremartec (Ferrero Rocher, Nutella, Kinder Joy and Tic Tac brands).
African IP advice
provided to financial media giant, Bloomberg L.P. (Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Mali, Mauritania, Namibia, Niger, Republic of the Congo, Senegal, Seychelles, Togo, Uganda.)
Worldwide trade mark
portfolio management provided to mobile telecommunications company and Africa's most valuable brand, MTN.
Successful prosecution
of international patents, including granted patents in Australia, Europe, South Africa and the USA for elevator advertising/signage firm Motion Icon, enabling it to establish a global licensing business.
Advice on IP assets
and other related matters provided to Tessara as part of a large equity transaction and ongoing management and prosecution of Tessara's international trade mark and patent portfolios.
Advice on structuring
of off-shore IP and exploiting of intra-group IP assets provided to various clients in collaboration with ENSafrica's tax team.
African IP advice
provided to Advance Magazine Publishers / Condé Nast (publishers of GQ, Vanity Fair, Vogue, etc.) (Eswatini, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Morocco, Nigeria, Seychelles.)
Worldwide IP
portfolio management of Africa’s largest insurer, Sanlam. (Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Equatorial Guinea, Eswatini, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.)
Trade mark and patent advice
for Fibertex South Africa across Africa, Asia, Europe and the USA, regarding its geo-container bag application for the protection of coastal environments.