Anne specializes in intellectual property law and specifically in protection and enforcement of trademarks, patents, copyright and industrial designs; commercial aspects intellectual property rights such as IP licensing, due diligence; legal advisory on IP rights and IP litigation.
Anne has been responsible for registration of numerous IP rights including successful registration of over thirty (30) trademarks by Safaricom Limited in 2017 which include “Safaricom Beats”, “Safaricom Music” “M-PESA 1 TAP” “Safaricom TV” “Safaricom Home” and on-going registration of over fifty (50) of its trademarks. She is also part of the MMC Africa team providing legal advisory services to Safaricom with respect to operation of the “SKIZA PLATFORM” in light of international treaties that Kenya is party to and national laws in Kenya on Copyright.
She recently advised Kenafric Industries Limited, one of the largest manufacturers of Confectionery, Food, Footwear and Stationery products in Kenya, on protection of its trademarks in ARIPO countries and is assisting the company in registration of over thirty (30) of its trademarks in several countries under ARIPO.

Areas of Expertise

• Filing, and maintenance: Trademarks, patents, industrial designs, domain names, and utility models including searches;
• Registration of copyright and plant breeders’ rights;
• IP Litigation including:
- Opposition proceedings;
- Removal or revocation proceedings; and
- Enforcement actions before the High Court of Kenya.
• Commercial aspects of IP including:
- Drafting of license agreements, deed of assignments and franchise agreements;
- Intellectual property audits;
- Intellectual property valuation;
- Due diligence; and
- Transfer of IP rights in mergers and acquisition transactions.
• Legislative and regulatory advisory.

Education

• Post Graduate Diploma in Law, Kenya School of Law, Nairobi
• University of Nairobi, Bachelor of Laws LL.B. (Hons)

Trade Marks

• Acting for Safaricom Limited , the largest telecommunications company in Kenya, in registration and renewal of numerous trademarks in Kenya including but not limited to ‘”SAFARICOM FLEX” which identifies the new data bundles services offered by the company, “BE YOUR OWN BOSS” which made a huge impact on the youth through promoting and inspiring entrepreneurial spirit in the young people, “G-ONEE”, “FUNZIKA” “TAPLAY” “SAFARICOM GENERATION” “M-PESA 1 TAP” which identifies a product used as a card or a phone sticker device that simplifies payment services through the M-PESA account “SAFARICOM HOME” which identifies Safaricom’s product that allows fast, reliable and unlimited internet access in the comfort of their homes and “#TWAWEZA”.
• Acting for Solpia Kenya Limited, a well-established hair manufacturing company in Kenya, in protection, registration and enforcement of numerous trademark in East and Central Africa including but not limited to “SOLPIA”, “CROCHET BRAID”, “IT’S A BRAID” “BRAZILLIAN HAIR”, “ASANTE BRAID”, “SHAGGY CUT”, “OUTRE”, “LOOSE CURL” and “VOGUE CURL” .
• Acted for The Legal Group, Dubai, UAE in registration and assignment of various trademarks such as “HUNTSMAN” “ARADUR” and “ARALDITE” in Kenya.
• Advised Kenafric Industries Limited, one of the largest manufacturers of Footwear, stationery products, confectionery and food in Kenya, on protection and registration of its trademarks under ARIPO and assisting in registration of over thirty of its trademarks under the ARIPO including “Chewy”, “Oyo”, “Lollipop”, “Squeezy”, “Ki Lotto”, “Ki Special Veve”, “Ki Milk Munch”, “Ki Creamy Yoghurt”, “Ki Fruit Drops”, “Ki Orange Drops”, “Sparky” “Atomic”, “Faba”, “Pago Pago” and “Ki fresh”.
• Advising Tanga Cement Limited, a cement manufacturing company in Tanzania, on its branding strategy and assisting in registration of its trademarks “MKOMBOZI” and “TOFALI CHUMA” in Kenya.
• Advised the Meru County Investment & Development Corporation on protection and registration of its logos in Kenya. Acted for the Company in registration of its logos in Kenya.
• Acting for P. Bhavanbhai Family Trust of Johannesburg, South Africa, the sole proprietor of trade mark NIKKI, in opposition proceedings against registration of a similar mark NICKI by Style Industries Limited.
• Acting for Toto Limited, the proprietor of the world-famous and internationally recognized trademark “VOLT” which it uses in its popular energy drink products available in a number of countries worldwide, in opposition proceedings against registration of a similar mark VOLT by International Distillers Uganda Limited. Toto Limited is a Maltese company and a beverage producer in South America, Africa and Asia.
• Advised Parallel Media Limited, a medium level television and digital production company, on its branding strategy as well as protection of its trademarks in Kenya. Acting for the company in registration of trademarks for its television platforms.
• Advised Neotech Kenya Limited, a software company that provides lead generation to pharmaceutical and health related products to retailers, on protection if its software applications and assisted in registration of its logos in Kenya.

Copyright

• Advising Safaricom Limited which operates the SKIZA Platform on Copyright law and is part of the MMC Africa Law team that is spearheading consultative talks and forums on creation and protection of collective rights in the musical works in light of the current copyright laws in Kenya. The SKIZA Platform is a value- added service for Safaricom’s customers under which digital music content is uploaded for downloading by Safaricom’s subscribers.
• Acting for Safaricom Limited in protection and registration of its copyright works in “BLAZE BY SAFARICOM M-PESA CARD” which is artistic work in the Blaze by Safaricom M-PESA Card and “MY KENYA” which is a computer generated artistic work comprising a single image depicting mountains, an elephant, wildebeest and a series of lines and patterns of the Kenya national flag namely black, white, red and green. We are currently undertaking registration of “MPESA 1 TAP NFC CARD” which is copyright to the artistic work on the NFC card which enhances M-PESA monetary settlement services.
• Acted for Trimble Solutions, owner of copyright in TEKLA structures software in prosecution of infringement against its software.

Patents

• Acted for Crystal Lagoons (Curacao) B.V, an international company with about 16 offices around the world and a leader in innovation and technology, in renewal of its patents in Rwanda.
• Acting for Iceutica Pty Limited in renewal of its patents in Rwanda which provide clinical benefits for patients with respiratory diseases.
• Acted for Sanofi Aventis, a global life science company that transforms scientific innovation into healthcare solutions in human vaccines, in renewal of its patent in Rwanda which is used in the treatment and prevention of malaria.
• Acted on behalf of Schwarz Pharma AG and SABMiller Investments II B.V. in renewal of their patents in Rwanda and Burundi respectively.

Industrial designs

• Advised Just Plastics Limited, a manufacturing company in Kenya specialised in production of plastic products on protection and registration of Industrial Designs in Kenya, Assignment and licensing of the IP rights from their mother company. Just Plastics Limited situated in the UK and who have registered their industrial designs under ARIPO and OAPI.

Languages

• English.
• Swahili.

Countries of Work Experience

• East Africa
• ARIPO member states
• OAPI member states .