Getnet Yawkal Mebratu

Attorney Getnet Yawkal Mebratu is one of the top rated lawyers in Ethiopia. As a Professional Lawyer, he has dealt with an array of very complicated cases often involving very high profile international and national clients, and these have paved the way for him to establish himself as a key contact to develop, prepare and review legal documents in accordance with clients’ commercial strategies.

Throughout his career, Mr. Getnet has consistently exemplified integrity while maintaining quality and professionalism to provide first-rate legal services in Ethiopia, and his record is one of great responsibility, dedication, and solid achievements.

Attorney Getnet Yawkal is a very personable, goal-focused and versatile person accustomed to a fast-paced environment where deadlines are a priority and handling multiple jobs simultaneously is a requirement.


– Drafting team member of the Ethiopian Intellectual Property Office on the Ethiopian Trademark Registration and Protection Council of Ministers Regulation No.273/2012 and various internal Directives of the office.
– Management Reform Team of the Ethiopian Intellectual Property Office.

Employment Record:

– Trademark and Industrial Design Protection and Administration Expert, Ethiopian Intellectual Property Office
– Trademark and Industrial Design Examiner, Ethiopian Intellectual Property Office
– Instructor of Law, Alpha University Collage
– Instructor of Law, Admas University Collage
– Associate, Tadesse Kiros Law Office
– Associate, Mesfin Tafesse & Associates Law Office


– Trademark Classification Standards for Trademark Examiners organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization “WIPO” in cooperation with Government of Republic of Kenya and Japan Patent Office “JPO”, Nairobi (Kenya).
– TISK workshop on Patent Search Strategies and Techniques organized by WIPO and Ministry of Science and Technology of Ethiopia in cooperation with the Ethiopian Intellectual Property Office, Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)
– General Course on Intellectual Property organized by WIPO, Addis Ababa (Ethiopia).


– Bachelor of Laws (LL.B)
– Bahir Dar University
– Faculty of Law


– Ethiopian Lawyers’ Association
– iBNex International Lawyers Network

Law Firm:

Getnet Yawkal Law Office, a leading law office in Ethiopia, takes Integrity, accountability and timely delivery of its quality legal services as the core value of its establishment.

Our mission is to provide practical, strategically sound and result oriented first rate legal service in Ethiopia.

With extensive experience in intellectual property, employment, corporate and commercial laws of Ethiopia, Getnet Yawkal Law office offers a strong, sound and cost effective legal guidance in resolving your case professionally and looks forward to being your principal legal adviser in Ethiopia.

Richard Henry Pasipanodya

Founder – Managing Director/Consultant – Legacy IP Chambers – Experienced ARIPO and Zimbawe Intellectual Property Expert

As Founder – Managing Director/ Principal Consultant at Legacy IP Chambers, Mr Richard Henry Pasipanodya is possessed of over 26 years intimately insightful and visionary scholarly and work exposure and experience in various fields and aspects of IPRs protection matters at very senior levels of mandates and assignments at national, regional and international contextual perspectives. These include appointments entailing:

  • IP policy / legislative research, formulation, reviewing, update, reform and development;
  • IP policy / legislative analysis, interpretation, advice, advocacy, negotiation and lobbying;
  • IP policy / legislative administration, management, implementation and execution;
  • IP policy / legislative education, training, authorship, editorial, proof- reading and commentary;
  • IP office institutional systems development, administration, management and transformation;
  • IPRs technology transfer contractual negotiation, drafting, interpretation and management;Investment projects partnership searches, legal compliance, due diligence and coordination,
  • Startup business proposal preparation, advice, counseling and mentorship.

His potency, prowess, exploits and accomplishments thereat rank him as one of the rarely found all-round expert IP practitioners in Zimbabwe and the sub-Saharan African region. Armed with this array of requisite skills, competencies and expertise in IP matters it is his passion and conviction that Africa has an equally proactive role to play in global IP matters and be a force to reckon with in not so distant a future.

Mladen Vukmir

After completing the law education at Zagreb University Law School, Mladen obtained Master of Intellectual Property degree at Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord, NH, USA. He spent two years as a trainee and one year as an associate at Hanzekovic Radakovic Law Offices in Zagreb. He was a visiting lawyer at: Fenwick & West in Palo Alto, CA, USA; Monahan Duhot in Paris, France and Pavia e Ansaldo in Milan, Italy. In 1991 he founded VUKMIR & ASSOCIATES. In 1992 he acted as an expert adviser to the Croatian State Intellectual Property Office Zagreb, at the time of its founding. Subsequently he was appointed a patent and trademark agent, admitted to practice before the CSIPO and European Patent Office. He has been appointed by the Government of the Republic of Croatia to serve as a member of the Board of Appeals for Patents and Topographies. He advised on preparations for the Manual on Technology Transfer at UNIDO. Mladen is a member AIPPI, IBA, ITechLaw, GALA, INTA, LES, UIA.

Mladen wrote numerous articles and lectured on various topics on intellectual property, including regular teaching as an adjunct lecturer at the University of Zagreb Faculty of Law graduate and postgraduate courses. He is an arbitrator on the Panel of domestic disputes at the Permanent Arbitration Court at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, panelist on the UDRP Domain Name Panel at WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center, a distinguished neutral on the CPR Panels of Neutrals and at the INTA PON and is an IMI certified mediator.

Mladen also served as a consultant to various domestic and international organizations such as the Croatian Government (Ministry of Science and Technology), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) the World Bank and the European Commission (CARDS 2002 and IPA 2009 programs) and GLG Council. He is the Royal Danish Consul General (Hon.) in Zagreb (decorated, Knight of the Order of Dannebrog)

Vukmir & Associates:

Our legal expertise rests on a foundation of core values, responsiveness to change, and thought leadership.

Our professional team of fifteen lawyers, including two counsels, seeks to provide diverse legal assistance, while offering comprehensive services. In support of our attorneys and IP filing department, a team of individuals attend to paralegal matters.

Our attorneys are affiliated with several international associations such as the International Bar Association (IBA), International Trademark Association (INTA), Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriete Industrielle (AIPPI), ITechLaw , Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance (GALA), American Chamber of Commerce Croatia (AmCham), Pharmaceutical Trade Mark Group (PTMG) and the Counterfeiting Bureau, the firm has developed a valuable network of colleagues globally.

Our passion for knowledge means we find new ways of doing old things better. Our enthusiasm for our work and interest in yours means you’ll enjoy a partnership with us.

We believe that lawyers need to be innovative and creative to serve clients who operate in an increasingly complex market. For 20 years we’ve staked our claim to cutting edge services by remaining flexible and responsive. Yet we cleave to high ethical standards and credibility as our ground. Our clients finds us easy to speak with, alert to changing needs, and happy about what we do.

Located in residential Zagreb, Croatia’s capital, we are an independent law partnership who specializes in intellectual property while offering traditional patent and trademark prosecution and business, corporate and banking legal services. As we explore the frontier of IP and IA concerns and their relation to business strategy, we’ve formed strategic IP consultancy modules for growth oriented firms. In response to demand for creative and beneficial alternatives to litigation, we’ve championed Advanced Dispute Resolution for our range of clients, which includes corporations, financial institutions and law firms worldwide and regionally.

Agustín González

Agustín González is a lawyer in the Madrid office of Uría Menéndez. He joined the firm in 2000, having previously worked as the Head of the Legal Department of the Spanish Collecting Society (Sociedad General de Autores y Editores). He became a partner of Uría Menéndez in January 2004.

His practice focuses on intellectual property law. Agustín advises Spanish and international companies operating in the music, audiovisual and editorial industries, internet content providers and companies in the IT sector. He also has extensive experience in managing legal proceedings in these areas.

He is regarded as a leading lawyer by the main international legal directories such as Chambers & Partners and PLC Which Lawyer

Copyright Law Practice:

Uría Menéndez is one of the first firms in Spain to have developed a specialised Intellectual Property Practice Area for the media and information technology sector.

We advise publishers, audiovisual producers, museums, art galleries, cultural associations, radio and television entities, IT companies, telecommunications operators, and major players in the entertainment industry. Our advice covers the entire value chain of the production and use of protected contents, from the preparation, drafting and negotiation of contracts and legal opinions, through to representation in legal claims.

Our expert knowledge of the sector and of the many complex interests involved enables us to offer our clients the best strategic solutions to protect their interests.

We have extensive international experience and an in-depth knowledge of EU law and international treaties, which is key in today’s global digital market to efficiently protect and exploit intellectual property rights

Uría Menéndez:

Uría Menéndez is one of the most prestigious independent law firms in the Iberian market. Founded in the 1940s, we have over 500 lawyers in 16 offices located in the most important financial centres in Europe, the Americas and Asia.

Our international structure allows us to provide Spanish, Portuguese and EU legal advice to clients on their investments in the Iberian Peninsula and abroad. We work in close collaboration with renowned firms in Latin American and our network of “best friends” from France (Bredin Prat), Germany (Hengeler Mueller), Italy (Bonelli Erede Pappalardo), the Netherlands (De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek) and the United Kingdom (Slaughter and May). Uría Menéndez is also a member of international associations such as Lex Mundi and the IBA (International Bar Association).

Sérgio Famá D´Antino

Senior Partner of D’Antino Lawyers. His legal career began in the 60s when it formed and founded the firm in 1966. Graduated from the Faculty of Law, University of São Paulo and a postgraduate degree in Copyright Law from the same University, Sergio D’Antino specializes in Civil Law, Rights copyright, personal rights, and legal issues related to advertising and internet. Member of the Order of Lawyers of Brazil with registration No. 12,714. Teacher in several prestigious postgraduate courses, such as Entertainment and Intangible Right ESA Law School – OAB / SP, Intellectual Property GVLaw – FGV and Entertainment University Extension Center – CEUD.

Sergio is one of the founders of the Association of Copyright and is currently vice president. In addition to the legal action, is a partner at D’Antino agents and also cultural producer. Member of the Commission Copyright of OAB / SP Coordinator of the Work Entertainment Law on the Internet , in partnership with Andrea Francez and José Carlos Costa Netto, with illustrations by cartoonist Paul Caruso, (Saraiva, 2014) and also co-author of the chapter related to the Rights of author of the web , the same work

D´Antino Advogados:

The firm has over 50 years of experience. Today, consisting of concerned professionals in providing the best customer service, D’Antino Lawyers stands out for its extensive experience in legal practice. With wide range of areas and innovative approaches to problem solving, our office is perfectly fit to serve customers in a personalized manner in order to guide and structure appropriate solutions to their needs.

Seraphim Mar

Seraphim Mar practices in the areas of employment and intellectual property law. She is also a pioneer in the rapidly growing China practice field, assisting clients whose business interests involve Mainland China. Since 1999, she has advised business clients on may landmark cases related to China. Ms. Mar has published many articles for the Commercial Times, with respect to patent, labor law, etc., and Economic Daily News. She also contributes regularly to Firm publications regarding employment law and dispute resolution. Ms. Mar is a member of the Taipei Bar Association and served as the co-chair of the HR Committee of ECCT in 2005-2008 and now is the co-chair of Amcham’s HR Committee. She is the former president (2001-2) of Taipei Pei An Rotary Club and since then sits on various district committees of Rotary International District 3520.

Practice Overview:

As one of the world’s largest export economies and one increasingly focused on high-tech commodities, Taiwan’s workforce is becoming more educated, capable and motivated. However, the island’s employment laws remain complex and worker-oriented.

Our team of employment lawyers has a wealth of experience helping employers design policies and practices that protect their interests, comply with legal requirements and foster employee commitment. We are ranked as one of Asia’s Band 1/Tier 1 labor and employment firms by Chambers Asia-Pacific (2009–2014) and The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2008–2014); we have been described as having “developed a particular niche in advising large multinational on post-M&A integrations.” (The Legal 500 Asia Pacific) We go beyond technical requirements to provide integrated, commercially-minded solutions that meet the needs of both employers and employees.

As part of Baker & McKenzie’s Global Employment practice, we have access to the knowledge and experience of hundreds of employment lawyers in 47 countries. We have particular experience in cross-straight (China–Taiwan) employment issues. Our practice covers a broad spectrum of industries, including financial institutions, airlines, manufacturing, retail, technology, and public concerns.