Ibrahim Fofanah, Esq.

Ibrahim Fofanah is our exclusively recommended Intellectual Property Law expert in Sierra Leone on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Ibrahim directly using the contact details listed above.

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Ibrahim is the founder of the boutique IP consulting firm Prext Intellectual Property in Sierra Leone.

He has several years of industry experience in dealing with a wide variety of contentious and non-contentious IP issues, including trademark portfolio management, IP transactional issues such as distribution, licensing, franchising, outsourcing, R & D projects, M&A transactions, patent, trademark, and industrial design registration in Sierra Leone and Liberia, etc.

Fofanah has worked in several reputable law firms before founding this consulting firm. Fofanah has an LL.M in Intellectual Property Law, a B.L. from the Sierra Leone Law School and an LL. B from the University of Makeni.

Firm Overview:

At Prext Intellectual Property, we understand the hassle local and foreign businesses encounter in identifying, protecting, and exploiting their patents, trademarks, industrial designs, copyrights, trade secrets etc. in Sierra Leone.

We strive to ensure that our clients gain a competitive advantage by providing them with unique and strategic solutions to their intangible assets in various industry sectors. Our team of IP experts are in position to handle both traditional and emerging areas of IP.

We offer:

  • IP Protection such as Patent, Trademark, Industrial Designs, Copyright, etc.
  • Brand Monitoring, Conduct investigations, anti-counterfeiting raids.
  • IP Portfolio management, valuation, audit and strategy.
  • IP transactional issues in licensing agreements, franchising & distribution, non-disclosure, technology transfer and regulatory affairs etc.

Our Mission:

Our mission is to help businesses and innovators in Sierra Leone and around the world identify, protect, and monetise their intangible assets. We envision a society in which creators and innovators profit from their investment and creativity.

Qazi Azizullah Sadiqi

Qazi Azizullah Sadiqi is our exclusively recommended Intellectual Property Law expert in Afghanistan on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Qazi directly using the contact details listed above.

Obaidullah Asadi Legal Services Co., Ltd., is an International law firm founded in 2010. We provide top class legal services to many foreign and domestic clients. The firm has gained a reputation for its reliability and unique expertise in different fields of law. Clients include major International Corporations, entrepreneurs, organisations, and individuals.

The cases handled by our firm frequently involve multi-jurisdictional issues. We can involve banking and finance, data protection, energy projects, construction and engineering, professional liability, insurance, and commercial transactions. We handle both Domestic and International cases.

The firm has a significant presence in all Courts of Afghanistan.  We also negotiate, review, and draft contracts, especially contracts involving international commercial transactions. We provide essential legal consultation and advise a legal strategy especially geared toward our foreign clients.  We advise foreign clients in matters relating to investment. We also have a worldwide presence and have the ability to present cases in different countries of the world.

Like every good law firm, we rely on the combined experience of our lawyers. We greatly value attention to detail and believe that establishing a good relationship with our clients is the key to success.   Therefore, clients who look for legal services comparable to what the best International law firms offer, find Obaidullah Asadi Legal Services Co., Ltd., to be a reliable International level law firm. From the moment that we accept a case, clients feel the difference.

A strategy unique to each individual case is advised and carefully followed. The level of organisation, attention to detail, and ease of communication, has resulted in satisfied clients over the years. Our goal is to provide the best legal representation available at a reasonable and fair cost to our clients.

We are proud of the high legal and ethical standards which have been established by our firm and the tradition of excellence which we work to maintain.

Nguyen Duc Long

Nguyen Duc Long is our exclusively recommended Intellectual Property Law expert in Vietnam on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Nguyen directly using the contact details listed above.

Mr. Nguyen Duc Long is a licensed and registered Lawyer and Patent Attorney in Vietnam. He also is the Founder and Managing Partner of TRI VIET & ASSOCIATES – a full licensed International IP Agent & Law Firm in Vietnam. For more information about TRI VIET & ASSOCIATES and personnel, you are kindly invited to visit www.trivietlaw.com.vn.

Prior to the foundation of TRI VIET & ASSOCIATES, Mr. Nguyen Duc Long has involved in the field of intellectual property, especially in addressing issues relating to patent since 1992. He was the Head of Patent Department of the Investment Consultancy & IP Company (a first and leading stated owned IP company belonging to Ministry of Science and Technology) from 1992 to 2002, ALPHA Intellectual Property Agent from 2002 to 2004, and TRI VIET & ASSOCIATES from 2004 to present. In the capacity as the Head of Patent Department of these IP firms, Mr. Long has managed and directly handled more than one thousand patent applications (especially PCT applications) of the clients from USA, England, Japan, France, Germany, Korea, Taiwan…. and from other countries around the world. Therefore, Mr. Long has much experience and expertise in patent prosecution, enforcement, litigation and other related-patent issues in Vietnam. These have been certified by Director of the Investment Consultancy & IP Company and recommended by NOIP’s Officers.

Mr. Long was an APAA Patent Committee member of Vietnam Recognized Group in the period of 2009-2012, and in this period, he has made and reported the Vietnam Patent Country Reports at annual APAA council meetings.

Practice Areas
  • Patents
  • Trademarks
  • Designs
  • Licensing
  • Franchising
  • Technology Transfer
  • Litigation
Professional Experience
  • 2009-2012: APAA Patent Committee Member of Vietnam Recognized Group
  • 2004 to present: Managing Director, IP Lawyer, Registered Patent Attorney – Tri Viet & Associates
  • 2002-2004: Head of Patent Division – Alpha Intellectual Property Law Firm.
  • 1992-2002: Investment Consultancy & IP Company – a first and leading state owned IP company belonging to Ministry of Science, Technology and Environments
  • 1989-1991: Physical Engineer – Vietnam National Center for Environmental Protection
Professional Memberships
  • Vietnam Bar Federation (VBF)
  • Hanoi Bar Association (HBA)
  • Vietnam Intellectual Property Association (VIPA)
  • Asian Patent Attorney Association (APAA)
  • International Trademark Association (INTA)
Education
  • 1998: LLB – Hanoi Law University
  • 1996: Patenting in Asian Countries course, held by WIPO in Singapore
  • 1996: Sales & Marketing Management course, held by AOTS (Japan) and PSB (Singapore) in Singapore
  • 1988: BSc – Physical Department – Hanoi University of Science – National University of Vietnam
Languages
  • Vietnamese
  • English

Firm Description:

TRI VIET & ASSOCIATES is a registered and fully licensed INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY & LAW FIRM based in Hanoi, Vietnam. The firm was founded in 2004 by Mr. Nguyen Duc Long – an engineer, licensed and registered Patent Attorney and Attorney at Law, who has involved in the field of intellectual property since 1992, especially in dealing with PATENT related matters, and two other qualified partners: one is a trademark attorney and the other is a licensed lawyer, who also have nearly 25 years of experience in TRADEMARK, LITIGATION and other IP related matters in Vietnam.

Practice Areas and Jurisdictions

TRI VIET & ASSOCIATES provides clients with a full range of IP services, strongly focuses on PATENT and PCT services, including but not limited to Searching, Advising, Counseling, Drafting, Translation, Preparation, Filing, Prosecution, Appeal and Opposition, Licensing, Transferring, Litigation, Maintenance, etc. in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and in any other jurisdictions upon client’s requests.

Industries and Technologies

TRI VIET & ASSOCIATES provides PATENT and IP services in a wide range of industries and modern technologies, including but not limited to:

AgriBio / Agricultural / AgriFood / Agrochemicals / Automation / Automotive / Aviation / Biochemical / Biomedical / Biophysical / Biotechnology / Chemical / Chemicals / Clean & Green Technology / Communications / Computer / Construction / Consumer Products / Edutech / Electrical / Electromechanical / Electronic / Energy / Food & Beverage / Genetic / Laser / Machinery / Manufacturing / Materials / Mechanical / Mechatronic / Medical / Metallurgy / Molecular Biology / Nanotechnology / Oil and Gas / Optical / Packaging / Petro-Chemical / Pharmaceutical / Pharmaceuticals / Physical / Polymers / Printing / Robotics / Semiconductor / Signal Processing / Telecommunications / Textiles / Transportation / Unmanned Aerial Vehicles ….

Human Resource

TRI VIET & ASSOCIATES has a team of in-house patent and trademark attorneys and practitioners, who hold the law, science and engineering degrees and some of them hold advanced degrees from the universities in Vietnam and abroad. In addition, a network of local technical advisers from technical universities, science universities and research institutes has been established and it always supports our patent staff in difficult, specific and high-tech cases.

Physical Resource

A computerized IP record management system (including hardware and software) together with the digitization of records enable us to store, manage, process and execute the works efficiently, quickly and accurately.

Professional Relationships

TRI VIET & ASSOCIATES has a good professional relationship and effective cooperation with state competent authorities to take protection, enforcement and handling infringements of client’s IP rights in Vietnam, such as Courts, Inspectorates, Market Management Agencies, Customs Offices, Police Agencies and the People’s Committees of all levels.

The location of TRI VIET & ASSOCIATES head office in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, about 6km away from NOIP, plus a close and professional relationship with NOIP, enable us to directly meet, work and discuss with examiners for solving any urgent and complicated problem in relation to a pending application.

Membership

TRI VIET & ASSOCIATES is a member of VBF (Vietnam Bar Federation), HBA (Hanoi Bar Association), VIPA (Vietnam Intellectual Property Association), INTA, AIPPI and APAA.

With nearly 30 years of experience in the field of IP protection and enforcement in Vietnam, along with the above highlighted strengths in professional experience, human resources, physical resources and professional relationships, all that enable TRI VIET & ASSOCIATES to provide IP services in general and PATENT services in particular to the domestic and international clients in all technical fields, ranging from multinational companies to individual inventors in a qualitative, effective, reliable, and cost-effective manner.

 

Anomi Wanigasekera

Anomi Wanigasekera is our exclusively recommended Intellectual Property Law expert in Sri Lanka on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Anomi directly using the contact details above.

Anomi heads our Intellectual Property Group.

She has extensive experience in the full range of enforcement, management and transactional matters pertaining to Intellectual Property law, including representing clients before the National Intellectual Property Office, acting for multinationals as well as Sri Lankan conglomerates in respect of infringement actions, applying for injunctions and search and/or seizure orders.

Anomi also overlooks the drafting and reviewing of contracts and advises on regulatory compliance matters.

Memberships:

Anomi Wanigasekera’s current list of memberships can be found below:

  • Bar Association of Sri Lanka – Life Member
  • Colombo Law Society – Member
  • Council Member of the Asian Patent Attorneys Association
  • Jt Secretary, Asian Patent Attorneys Association, Sri Lanka Group
  • Member of the International Trademark Association

Firm Overview:

Julius and Creasy is one of the oldest civil law firms in Sri Lanka. Founded in 1879, the firm has established itself on rich tradition and the highest professional principles. Julius and Creasy’ s wealth of expertise and experience in a wide range of specialised fields of Law enables it to offer innovative legal and business solutions to a diverse, sophisticated and high profile clientele.

Our firm from its inception has been involved in intellectual property work. Our work relates to both contentious and non-contentious matters. We file a large number of trademark applications for overseas clients being instructed by our associates in several countries including UK, European Union, USA, India, Singapore, Hongkong, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Korea.

We are also involved in registering overseas trademarks of well known exporters of Sri Lankan products

In contentious matters we represent clients both at the National Intellectual Property Office in opposition proceedings and in infringement proceedings before Courts, Infringement proceedings are instituted in the Commercial High Court and where necessary criminal proceedings are also instituted in the Magistrate’s Court.

Although our practice is to a great extent trademarks, we have substantial portfolio of patents as well. A large part of this portfolio is related to PCT applications filed in Sri Lanka, We also file number of design applications for overseas clients in Sri Lanka and for Sri Lankan clients overseas through our associates in various countries. We also have trained staff and do Patent drafting on behalf of our clients. We also advise on copyright issues including reviewing of copyright agreements and advise publishers. We engage ourselves in IP due diligence work and also file applications for registration at the Sri Lanka Customs.

Advisory Excellence Appoints Anomi Wanigasekera and Julius & Creasy in Sri Lanka (streetinsider.com)

Meti Ketner

Meti Ketner is our exclusively recommended Intellectual Property Law expert in Slovenia on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Meti directly using the contact details listed above.

Owner, Director

Meti is a passionate and innovative lawyer and a businesswoman, European Trademark and Design Attorney, the CEO and the founder of KETNER® Ltd. which is constantly progressing and expanding and following the key trends of Intellectual Property Protection to which clients can rely on.

Meti is aware that the Intellectual Property Protection sector is constantly evolving. Ideas of the future are already changing the present moment. She is very proud to show the world the intellectual capacity of Slovenia – the rising star of this world.

“I love the law. I perform my job with pleasure and love. On the basis of professional, accurate, and reliable work, I am using my legal knowledge to act justly and to help people and economic entities in the market.”

Practice Areas:

  • Expert for Patents
  • European Trade Mark and Design Attorney at the European Union Intellectual Property Office

Education:

  • CEIPI (Center for International Intellectual Property Studies), University of Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France – Basic Training in European Patent Law (2015/2016-2016/2017)
  • Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia, CBE – Training Programme for professional training of candidates for detectives (2015) – specialization in the field of intellectual property
  • WIPO, World Intellectual Property Organization, Innovation Division and The Republic of Slovenia, Ministry of Economic Development and Technology, Slovenian Intellectual Property Office (2012) – Intellectual property valuation training
  • WIPO, World Intellectual Property Organization and The Republic of Slovenia, Ministry of Economic Development and Technology, Slovenian Intellectual Property Office and The Slovenian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (2010) – Franchising and Licensing Agreement
  • European Patent Office, European Patent Academy (2009) – European Patent Academy Summer School AU47-2009 “IPR for researches”
  • The Republic of Slovenia, Ministry of Economic Development and Technology, Slovenian Intellectual Property Office (2003) – Master examination for Trade Mark and Design Attorney
  • The Republic of Slovenia, Ministry of the Interior, Directorate for the Organization and Development of Administration, Administration Academy (2002) – Master examination for employees in the public administration and justice system
  • University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Law – International law / university degree in law (2000)

Work experience:

  • 2008 onwards: KETNER, Ltd. – Founder, Director of the company, Trade Mark and Design Attorney
  • 2006-2009: AGENCIJA VEBO, družba za invencije, pravno svetovanje in nove medije, d.o.o. – Director
  • 2005-2006: HIGHER COURT IN MARIBOR – Judicial intern
  • 2004-2005: INSTITUTE OF SHAREHOLDERSHIP – Legal consultant and project manager
  • 2003: MIRO SENICA – ODVETNIK – Attorney, lawyer intern
  • 2001-2002: SCHOENHERR, d.o.o. – Head of Legal Department
  • 2000-2001: STATISTICAL OFFICE OF THE REPUBLIC OF SLOVENIA – Lawyer intern
  • During my studies, I worked as an Assistant in the framework of two international PHARE projects; “Further Alignment of Slovene Statistical Methodology with EC Requirements and Reinforcement of the Institutional Capacity of Slovene Statistical Office in View of Accession to the EU” (SORS) and “Approximation of Legislation and Enforcement Programme” (Government Office of the Republic of Slovenia for legislation).

Languages:

  • English
  • German
  • French
  • Croatian

Firm Overview:

We are Slovene legal office specialising in intellectual property, focusing on industrial property (trademarksindustrial designspatents, etc.).We provide legal advice, prepare expert reports, and perform searches and monitoring and other specialist support in the field of industrial property rights and beyond.

We provide representation in the processes of acquisition, registration, maintenance, and enforcement of industrial property rights (patents, trademarks, industrial designs…). We are official Patent Attorney entered in the Register of Patent Attorneys at the Slovenian Intellectual Property Office (No. 258) and the Office of Harmonization for the Internal Market (EU) (No. 46191).

We provide representation in domain names disputes.

We encourage the development of copyright, intellectual property and other rights deriving from the creative activities of human being.

We are the owners of ZASCITA.SI, PROTECTION.SI and KLIK TV trademarks, and the company founder, Meti Ketner, is the co-owner of VODA.SI trademark.

We are ambitiously tackling everyday tasks. Our goal is to raise awareness about the importance of intellectual property and intellectual property protection.

Clarice T. H. Chen

Clarice Chen is our exclusively recommended Intellectual Property Law expert in Taiwan on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Clarice directly using the contact details listed above.

Ms. Carice Chen is the Managing Director of Sigma IPR (formerly, Rich IP& Co.). Before starting her carrier in 2005, Ms. Clarice Chen worked for the largest international law firm in Taiwan for about fifteen (15) years and was the Principle of the Patent and Technology Department of said firm. She received her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in Chemical Engineer from the National Taiwan University, and master’s degree in Law from Shih Hsin University. She also took the summer courses in Franklin Pierce Law Center, Research in Intellectual Property in 1999.

Ms. Carice Chen excels in not only the patent and trademark prosecution matters, but also the offense and defence of patent and trademark rights as well the litigation involving patent/trademark rights. She has been engaged in international IP practice since 1990, especially in patent and trademark matter. Ms. Carice Chen has lectured for local and national organisations in Taiwan on various intellectual property topics, and provides local and international clients services covering patent prosecution, invalidation, infringement analysis and litigation, as well as trademark registration, opposition, invalidation, cancellation and litigation.

Practice Description:

Ms. Carice Chen excels in not only the patent and trademark prosecution matters, but also the offense and defence of patent and trademark rights as well the litigation involving patent/trademark rights. She provides local and international clients services covering patent prosecution, invalidation, infringement analysis and litigation, as well as trademark registration, opposition, invalidation, cancellation and litigation.

In Taiwan, there are only a handful of IP firms equipped with a full-fledged chemical/biochemical team, among which the team in Sigma IPR has particularly been recognised as the most responsive, detail-orientated and disciplined. The technical fields covered by the team of Sigma IPR include, but not limited to, chemistry, chemical engineering, computer science, artificial intelligence, electrical engineering, information engineering, polymer, semiconductor, pharmaceutical, agricultural, life science and biotechnology.

Speaking Engagements (of Writing & Speaking):

Ms. Carice Chen has lectured for local and national organisations in Taiwan on various intellectual property topics. Below are some topics she delivered in the past.

  • Speaker of “How to prepare and handle patent infringement litigation”, Chang Chun Group
  • Speaker of “Patent Protection of Bio-medicals and Its Relationship to Clinical Trial”, China Medical University, Taiwan
  • Speaker of “Patent Protection of Novel Technology”, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology
  • Speaker of “Patent Protection, Limitation and Extension,” 7th Pan Pacific Symposium on Stem Cells and Cancer Research
  • Speaker of “Protection, Limitation and Infringement of Biotechnology Patent in Taiwan,” 6th Pan Pacific Symposium on Stem Cells and Cancer Research in conjunction with the 1st Biotechnology Industry Forum of Hsinchu Biomedical Science Park
  • Speaker of “Patent Infringement and Design Around,” Industrial Development Bureau, MOEA
  • Speaker of “Principles of Patent Infringement Assessment, Design Around and Case Studies,” Ministry of Education
  • Speaker of “Introduction of Patent-Related Provisions,” Ministry of Economic Affairs
  • Speaker of “Patent Prosecution Practice and Procedures,” Ministry of Economic Affairs
  • Speaker of “Pharmaceutical Patents and Cases,” Roche Products Ltd., Taiwan
  • Speaker of “Patent Infringement Litigation,” Taipei Biotech Association
  • Speaker of “Patent Infringement and Related Examples Analysis,” Taipei Biotech Association
  • Speaker of “Patent Infringement Analysis,” Pharmaceutical Industry Technology and Development Centre
  • Speaker of “Administrative Remedy Proceedings,” Chinese National Federation of Industries
  • Speaker of “Patent Invalidation Practice and Procedure and Related Administrative Remedy Proceedings,” Chinese National Federation of Industries
  • Speaker of “Practice of and Strategy for Invalidation Actions,” Chinese National Federation of Industries
  • Speaker of “Patent Prosecution Practice and Procedures,” Chinese National Federation of Industries
  • Advanced Patent Practice Training Seminar sponsored by Chinese Society of Inventions
  • Speaker of “Patent Law and Related Regulations,” China Industrial & Commercial Research Institute
  • Speaker of “Filing Patent Applications and Tips for Drafting Patent Specifications” Taiwan Economic Development & Research Academy
  • Speaker of “Patent Law and Methods and Practices for Enforcing Patent Rights,” China I
  • Speaker of “Successful Opposition and Cancellation Actions,” Tze-Chiang Foundation of Science & Technology
  • Speaker of “Patent Opposition/Cancellation Practice and Procedure and Related Administrative Remedy Proceedings,” Chinese National Federation of Industries
  • Speaker of “Procedures for Patent Administrative Remedy,” National Taiwan Intellectual Property Training Academy
  • Speaker of “Strategy of Filing Patent Worldwide,” National Chung-Hsing University Technology Transfer Centre
  • Speaker of “Patent Examination Guidelines,” Feng-Chia University, Technology Transfer Centre
  • Speaker of “Patent Systems and Related Provisions and Practices,” National Central University
  • Speaker of “Tips of New Patent Law,” Feng-Chia University, Technology Transfer Centre
  • Speaker of “Technology and Patent-Related Provisions,” Yuan-Ze University, Executive Master of Business Administration
  • Speaker of “Introduction of Patent Law,” Kwan-Wu Institute of Technology
  • Speaker of “Introduction of Intellectual Property Rights,” Van-Nung Institute of Technology

Advisory Excellence Appoints Clarice T. H. Chen and Sigma IPR Intellectual Property Law Firm in Taiwan (streetinsider.com)