Ivan N. Ivanov

Ivan Nikolov Ivanov has a Master’s degree in Economics and Management of Intellectual Property and Master’s degree in thermal and mass exchanging technology. He is specialized in the protection of intellectual property and intellectual property management, strategy creating for major companies with international aspects. Consultant with experience in legislation and regulatory issues. Member of international organizations as ECTA, UNION, FICPI, AIPPI, INTA. According to the official statistics of EUIPO Ivan Ivanov is the Bulgarian representative with most filed European Union trade marks from Bulgaria and from Macedonia.

Year joined: Ivan Ivanov is founder of IP Consulting in the Year 2002

Education: Master degree in Economics and Management of Intellectual Property and Master’s degree in thermal and mass exchanging technology.

Current and previous positions: Managing Partner IP Consulting, Coordinator of the National Portal of Intellectual Property www.ipbulgaria.bg, Member of the Control Board of the Bulgarian Group of AIPPI, Member of the Control Board of the Chamber of Intellectual Property Attorneys in Bulgaria.

Areas of specialisation: Intellectual Property, Consumer Protection, Management of Intellectual Property, Intellectual Property in the Pharma industry.

Membership: ECTA, UNION, FICPI, AIPPI, INTA.

Languages: Bulgarian, Russian, English, Macedonian

Arturo Zacapa

Arturo Zacapa is the Managing Partner for Dentons Muñoz Zacapa, and a key player in the region with respect to Intellectual Property legal services.

He regularly coordinates local and multijurisdictional work for various multinational clients, ranging from portfolio management, claims of rightful ownership, business and transactional aspects of Intellectual Property, IP litigation, product registrations and marketing authorizations.

Arturo also has notable experience in Corporate law, focusing on advising clients from diverse sectors regarding how to do business in Honduras in compliance with the local law.

Recognition:

  • Chambers Latin America 2020: ranked as Up and Coming – Intellectual Property
  • Chambers Global 2019: ranked as Up and Coming – Corporate/Commercial: Intellectual Property
  • Legal 500 Latin America 2018: recognized as Leading Lawyer – Intellectual Property

In the Media…

  • Sole Contributor to the Honduras Chapter of INTA Country Guides, Intellectual Property. 2015 – present
  • Thomson Reuters Practical Law Global Guide for “Doing Business in Honduras” (publication pending). 2018 – present

Firm Overview:

Dentons Muñoz provides clients the critical legal coverage necessary to compete and succeed in Central America and around the globe. As the only firm in Central America backed by a global team, and widely recognized as the region’s leading law firm, we approach legal problems with a unique perspective, proactively finding business solutions and helping clients seize opportunity.

Businesses throughout the region benefit from our ability to attract critical foreign direct investment and technology for business expansion, startups and private-public partnerships. We help clients succeed across a wide range of business activities, including major developments and infrastructure projects, financings, strategic alliances, mergers and acquisitions, government relations and more.

Our team consists of passionate, innovative and experienced legal strategists who can give you the edge in a competitive global marketplace. Whether you are conducting business across the region or looking to expand globally, you will benefit from our top-tier talent, superior understanding of local markets, remarkable business networks and unmatched industry knowledge.

Wossen Bokan

Based in Addis Ababa, Teshome Gabre-Mariam Bokan Metasebia provides a full range of general consultancy services in connection with business and investment in Ethiopia. All legal services provided are rendered by registered and licensed Ethiopian lawyers retained for the purpose by this Firm, in accordance with the laws of Ethiopia.

This Consultancy Firm is named after Mr. Teshome Gabre-Mariam Bokan under whom the Managing Director, Wossen Bokan, has been trained for over a decade. An impressive leading Ethiopian lawyer who also happens to be the first Attorney

General of Ethiopia under Emperor Haile-Selassie, Teshome was a prominent figure and passionate lover of Ethiopia. He is the father of the Managing Director.

Wossen Teshome Bokan Plc and its registered lawyers have built up a substantial practice in corporate matters, commercial transactions, intellectual property and employment law.

Main Areas of Practice:

The Firm is involved in various areas of practice including international finance, joint ventures, commercial transactions (including the international sale of goods), investment, arbitration and litigation.

The Firm has represented international organisations and corporate entities, with a well-developed practice that assists corporate clients.

We also work in aviation matters particularly with foreign financiers and leasing companies where various entities have leased or bought aircrafts, aircraft engines and other spare parts advising on lease, loan and security documents and assisting in the registration of aircrafts and other relevant services with the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority.

We assist companies in all facets of corporate activities, from formation of a company under local laws to advising corporate clients on labour, tax, banking and other similar issues.

Foreign Investment:

Ethiopia has become one of the fastest growing economies in Africa attracting major foreign investment. We assist companies, interested investors with registration of their companies, whether as a branch, subsidiary, a representative office, an international contractor or subcontractor.

The Firm is specialising in all aspects of intellectual property matters. We have a qualified team dealing with prosecution of trademarks, industrial designs and patents, before the Ethiopian Intellectual Property Office. We also have experienced litigation lawyers, should there be any infringement of your intellectual property rights in Ethiopia. In addition to being an Intellectual Property Firm, we provide a range of services to new and existing foreign companies, or individuals, investing in any business sector in Ethiopia. We assist in forming and registering new companies but we also assist in winding-up and deregistration of those companies that wish not to operate in Ethiopia anymore. For this, we have a selected team of lawyers each specialising in particular laws of Ethiopia.

Maria Farrukh Irfan Khan

Maria Farrukh Irfan Khan graduated from Wellesley College with a major in Biochemistry and a minor in Spanish. She was a Commonwealth Scholar at the University of Cambridge from where she holds a BA/MA (Law Tripos). Maria was called to the Bar of England and Wales as a member of Lincoln’s Inn and was a recipient of the Hardwicke Award. Subsequently she has worked in leading international law firms in both London and New York.

Maria is a Senior Partner at UTMPS and spends most of her time at the firm’s offices in the UAE. Her practice focuses on patent and trade mark work, with a special interest in litigation and regional portfolio management for her clients. Maria is a member of INTA, AIPLA, ECTA and other leading IP associations. She has spoken at IACC and other international conferences, as well as authoring papers in various IP publications.

Maria is also an Adjunct Professor at LUMS (SAHSOL), where she introduced a course on Intellectual Property Law and Competition Law.

Maria holds a Patisserie diploma from Le Cordon Bleu, London and enjoys baking and travelling in her spare time.

Firm Overview:

United Trademark & Patent Services is a leading firm of lawyers and consultants specialised in intellectual property (IP) rights and issues. The firm has been serving its global and regional clients with quality services that have won us the leading position we hold today in this specialised field of law.

With a heritage dating back 70 years, we are one of the leading firms in the Middle East, Asia and Africa specialised in intellectual property prosecution and enforcement.

Our services include searching, filing, prosecution, registration, licensing, franchising, transfer of technology, arbitration, dispute resolution, enforcement & litigation, anti-counterfeiting, due diligence and counselling.

Since 1949, United Trademark & Patent Services has protected clients’ intellectual property with an unwavering focus on client satisfaction; providing legal opinions to more than 100 Fortune 500 companies in relation to their intellectual property rights in South Asia, Middle East and Africa.

Over the years, our services have been recognised in numerous instances by both international and local organisations and publications.

Sarmad Hasan Manto

Sarmad Hasan Manto started his legal career in 1998 as a law student and was admitted to the Bar in the year 2000. Currently he is a lifetime member of two Bar Associations.

Sarmad’s specialisation includes trade mark prosecution, negotiations, anti-counterfeiting, litigation, due diligence, franchising, licensing, corporate and regulatory affairs. He has extensive experience in advising brand owners on portfolio development, management, franchising, licensing and enforcement strategies in the tobacco, information technology, electronics, cosmetics, luxury goods, pharmaceutical, foodstuff and auto industries. He also provides advice on a wide range of legal and compliance issues.

Sarmad was instrumental in setting up an ISP in North Africa, and was part of one of the biggest seizures of counterfeit medicines in the Middle East. He has successfully overseen the prosecution of over 20,000 trade mark and patent applications in almost 180 jurisdictions worldwide. On behalf of the firm, he actively advises over 100 of the Fortune 500 companies on contentious and non-contentious issues. He frequently writes about intellectual property issues and is a regular contributor to the INTA Country Guides.

Sarmad’s accolades include the ILO Client Choice Award in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014; and being recognised in the 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 WTR 1000 as one of the leading Trademark Professionals in the UAE.

Firm Overview:

United Trademark & Patent Services is a leading firm of lawyers and consultants specialised in intellectual property (IP) rights and issues. The firm has been serving its global and regional clients with quality services that have won us the leading position we hold today in this specialised field of law.

With a heritage dating back 70 years, we are one of the leading firms in the Middle East, Asia and Africa specialised in intellectual property prosecution and enforcement.

Our services include searching, filing, prosecution, registration, licensing, franchising, transfer of technology, arbitration, dispute resolution, enforcement & litigation, anti-counterfeiting, due diligence and counselling.

Since 1949, United Trademark & Patent Services has protected clients’ intellectual property with an unwavering focus on client satisfaction; providing legal opinions to more than 100 Fortune 500 companies in relation to their intellectual property rights in South Asia, Middle East and Africa.

Over the years, our services have been recognised in numerous instances by both international and local organisations and publications.

Afamefuna Francis Nwokedi

Stillwaters is a law firm based in Nigeria. The firm was established in 2001 and specialises in corporate and commercial law, intellectual property (IP) law, tax advisory services, Media-Entertainment-Technology and Sports (METS), and Litigation/Dispute Resolution.

As a firm, it is our belief that many aspects of today’s legal landscape require a keen understanding as well as knowledge of the law; accordingly, we offer solutions to the often complex arrays of regulations and requirements that confront the business client in Nigeria thereby creating conducive legal environments for our clients to achieve their goals.

Professionalism, flexibility and innovation are the hallmark of our practice. We value professional excellence, outstanding result and realize they both require creativity and hard work. With over 125 years of combined partnership practice experience, we strive to gain every legal advantage for our clients while upholding the principles behind our guiding goal of PEOPLE, INTEGRITY and SERVICE as a driving force steering our entire practice.

From corporate commercial contracts, media rights mergers, sport licensing, corporate income tax, copyright issues, due diligence to general trademark/patent administration, infringement, passing-off,anti-counterfeiting, piracy technology transfer, joint venture, dispute resolution and enforcement, practice representative clients include over 600 foreign multinationals, quoted companies, financial institutions, industries, small and medium-size businesses and private entrepreneurs.

Our IP department operates from the commericalk cities of Lagos and Abuja in Nigeria, with associate offices in Cameroon (for OAPI matters) and Angola; and our dispute resolution department has extensive practice before the trial and appellate courts in Nigeria.