Maatoug Nouressaid

Maatoug Nouressaid is our exclusively recommended Trademark Law expert in Tunisia on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Maatoug directly using the contact details listed above.

The term trademark refers to a recognisable badge, phrase, word or symbol that designates a specific product or service and legally differentiates it from all other such products and services. A trademark uniquely identifies a product or service, as belonging to a specific company and recognises the company’s ownership of the mark. Trademarks are generally considered a form of intellectual property and may or may not be registered.

However in Tunisia the right to use a trademark does not confer ownership and only the registration which attributes ownership.

Therefore do not neglect the protection in Tunisia now considered as the corridor par excellence that lead to Africa.

In addition, I advise filing directly in Tunisia and not going through the Madrid Protocol, because on-site monitoring is much better when the filing is done directly in Tunisia.

Maatoug Nouressaid can also be reached on the following email address: [email protected]

Santiago O’Conor

Santiago O’Conor is our exclusively recommended Trademark Law expert in Argentina on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Santiago directly using the contact details listed above.

Santiago is the managing partner of O’Conor & Power Abogados-Propiedad Industrial, a solid and reliable team of IP practitioners based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Santiago specialises in all aspects of intellectual property, principally trademarks, advising domestic and foreign companies on local and international IP law, prosecution and litigation in Argentina and Latin America. He advises Forbes and Fortune 500 companies in a variety of industries, such as technology and telecommunications, software, pharmaceutical products, luxury goods, agriculture, food, wine, and entertainment.

Santiago professional IP experience spans over 36 years and includes being an associate of the largest worldwide law office, and Partner and Head of the International Trademark practice of the most important law office in Argentina for 23 years. The expertise he has gained over this long career has made Santiago the beloved darling of many international brand owners.

Santiago is a graduate of the faculty of law of the University of Buenos Aires and an industrial property agent. He has gained postgraduate qualifications from the Fordham IP Institute in New York and at the Program of Instruction for Lawyers (PIL) at Harvard Law School.

Prolific author of many articles and publications, among others:

  • “The IP Private Practitioner”,Managing Intellectual Property magazine, mayo, 2009.
  • “La Aduana Argentina detiene la importación de productos falsificados”, International Law News – American Bar Association, 2008.
  • “Nombres genéricos para productos farmacéuticos” ITMA Bulletin, 2002.
  • “El Protocolo de Armonización en el Mercosur”, Revista Trademark World, Nº 118.
  • “Shutting down rogue websites. Argentina and Latin America Perspective, American Bar Association, 2014.
  • “TIPS for Trademark Protection in Latin America”, 2014.
  • “Aduana y Propiedad Industrial: herramienta en la lucha contra la piratería”, World Trademark Review (WTR), 2016.
  • “Plain Packaging status in Latin America: Intellectual Property Owners Association, 2016”.
  • “Free Trade Agreement between Mercosur and The European Union”, 2018.
  • “Non-traditional Marks in Latin America: the current landscape”, WTR, 2019.
  • “Fakes in Argentina: hotspots”, WTR, 2019.

Santiago is an active participant in many IP international associations, in particular INTA, the Chartered Institute of Trademark Attorneys, the European Communities Trademark Association, the Pharmaceutical Trademarks Group and the Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property, in which he served and is serving in many positions. He is presently Judge of the Court of the Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property (ASIPI), as well as President of the Legislation Committee of said organisation. Santiago is presently a member of the INTA’s Trademark Office Practice Committee (2020 – 2021).

Olusola Ogundimu

Olusola Ogundimu is our exclusively recommended Trademark Law expert in Ghana on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Olusola directly using the contact details listed above.

Admitted to the Nigerian Bar 1992, Ghanaian Bar 2007, Education: Ghana School of Law 2007; Nigerian Law School [B.L 1991-1992]; Obafemi Awolowo University Ile – Ife [LL.B Hons. 1991]; University of Ile-Ife [BA Hons. 1986]; Work: Director, Integrated Legal Consultants, Accra Ghana since April 2007; Fugar & Company – Accra Ghana 2006 – 2007; Wright & Co – Freetown, Sierra Leone 2003 – 2005; Fourah Bay College – Freetown Sierra Leone, 2003- 2005; Aluko & Oyebode – Lagos Nigeria, 1994 – 2001; Oceanic International Bank – Port Harcourt River State Nigeria 1993 – 1994. Member: Nigerian Bar Association, Ghana Bar Association, International Trade Marks Association, International Bar Association.

Firm Overview:

Integrated Legal Consultants was founded in April 2007 and was established to offer dedicated and innovative corporate legal services while ensuring that the Ghanaian and West African business community and our network of international clients benefit from the highest quality of corporate and commercial legal services that the Practice seeks to provide.

Internationally, Integrated Legal Consultants benefits from extensive support capabilities which are derived from correspondent relationships with leading law firms in Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States of America, these complement our ability to provide efficient and cost-effective services to our clients on a coordinated basis.

Integrated Legal Consultants Directors have over 41 years of combined legal experience in corporate and commercial legal practice, having worked in some of the top law firms in Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Ghana.

Tania Petsinis

Tania Petsinis is our exclusively recommended Trademark Law expert in Australia on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Tania directly using the contact details above.

A trademark is a type of intellectual property consisting of a recognisable sign, design, or expression which identifies products or services of a particular source from those of others, although trademarks used to identify services are usually called service marks. The trademark owner can be an individual, business organisation, or any legal entity. A trademark may be located on a package, a label, a voucher, or on the product itself. For the sake of corporate identity, trademarks are often displayed on company buildings. It is legally recognised as a type of intellectual property.

The first legislative act concerning trademarks was passed in 1266 under the reign of Henry III, requiring all bakers to use a distinctive mark for the bread they sold. The first modern trademark laws emerged in the late 19th century. In France the first comprehensive trademark system in the world was passed into law in 1857. The Trade Marks Act 1938 of the United Kingdom changed the system, permitting registration based on “intent-to-use”, creating an examination based process, and creating an application publication system. The 1938 Act, which served as a model for similar legislation elsewhere, contained other novel concepts such as “associated trademarks”, a consent to use system, a defensive mark system, and non claiming right system.

The symbols ™ (the trademark symbol) and ® (the registered trademark symbol) can be used to indicate trademarks; the latter is only for use by the owner of a trademark that has been registered.

Mehmet M. Gençoğlu

Mehmet Gençoğlu is our exclusively recommended Trademark Law expert in Turkey on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Mehmet directly using the contact details listed above.

Mehmet is a licensed attorney admitted within the Istanbul Bar of the Turkish Bars Association. In his education years in Ankara University, Mr. Gençoğlu founded and presided the Moot Court Society and ILSA, Ankara Chapter. Accordingly, he served on the Ankara Law Journal and organised several panels, symposiums, and workshops. Mr. Gençoğlu attended the 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th and 25th Vis Moot Law Competitions and many Pre-moots as an arbitrator and also as a team member and a team coach of the Ankara University Team. Mr. Gençoğlu also has a passion for commerce. He is he is the board member of Gençoğlu Group Inc., and has worked in several fields of domestic and international trade.

Firm Overview:

Gençoğlu Partners Law Offices is an innovative, client-driven firm, missioned to providing global litigation and legal consultancy services in accordance with international standards of quality and excellence, for both its local and international clientele.

Despite being a very young Firm, with its dynamic and expert team of attorney’s, each of whom is leaders in their fields, Gençoğlu Partners has already expanded its services to a wide range of areas regarding corporate counselling and litigation, and international transaction matters.

Gençoğlu Partners is based in Istanbul and has offices in Paris, Moscow, São Paulo and Rotterdam. Thus, the Firm is able to offer its local clientele legal assistance in foreign jurisdictions.

Naomi Assia

Naomi Assia is our exclusively recommended Trademark Law expert in Israel on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Naomi directly using the contact details above.

Naomi Assia Law Office and Patent Attorneys is one of the leading high tech and intellectual property law firms in Israel. Since its establishment in 1987, the firm has earned an international reputation for catering to the overall needs of traditional high-tech, biotech, start-up, and venture companies in a wide range of legal matters.

The Firm has handled a multitude of intellectual property matters, gaining unparalleled experience. The Firm offers clients a comprehensive analysis of their problems and objectives, applying our knowledge and experience to find innovative and cost-effective solutions. In this respect, we view ourselves in the same light as many of the companies who seek our advice – solution providers.

The Firm’s expertise goes beyond the private sector to include working with the Chief Scientist of Israel, the Israel Commissioner of Privacy, the Israel Commissioner of Patents, Designs & Trademarks and drafting Israeli government contracts. Our attorneys and technical advisors apply their unique practical understanding of science and the law to the business needs of our clients. We learn easily, respond quickly, and produce comprehensive results efficiently, and with personal attention.

More about our trademark department and services – Trademarks and trade names are used by every business to distinguish their goods and services from others. The Firm assists clients in obtaining and maintaining registered trademarks, in Israel and worldwide, including conducting all necessary trademark searches, filing applications, preparing and filing necessary affidavits and renewal applications, defending opposition proceedings and handling all other matters that may arise before the Israel Trademark Office.

Another aspect of our trademark practice involves due diligence studies for clients acquiring or selling trademark portfolios. We help our clients exploit their existing trademark rights through licensing. Because licensing has become a very lucrative way for companies to expand their brand identities, our experience in negotiating and drafting complex agreements has become increasingly important to our clients.

Our vision of the firm is a commitment to professionalism and excellence and providing high quality legal services to our clients.