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Kenya IP team awarded gold ranking for seventh consecutive year

6 February 2019
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Congratulations to our Intellectual Property Practice in Kenya, which has been awarded a gold ranking by the World Trademark Review 1000, which features the leading trademark practitioners from around the globe. This is the seventh consecutive year that the team has been recognised in this way.

The guide features the leading trademark practitioners and helps potential clients locate the best trademark lawyers worldwide. It does this after conducting research to identify outstanding firms and individuals. Factors such as depth of expertise, market presence and the level of work on which they are typically instructed are all taken into account, alongside positive peer and client feedback.

The World Trademark Review 1000 had this to say about Bowmans: “Prolific in trademark and patent filings locally and regionally, this ensemble also has the most Madrid filing experience of any outfit in Kenya; wherever IP protection is needed, Bowmans delivers assuredly. The firm matches this prosecution dexterity with great proficiency in IP litigation; it advocates with distinction at the High Court and Court of Appeal and devises swift and decisive anti-counterfeiting measures that put the fear into forgers. In recognition of its contentious nous, Bowmans has a new name in the WTR 1000 rankings this year in Terry Mwango. She has been acting for top generic drug company Cipla in IP actions before the Kenyan Pharmacy & Poisons Board and the Anti-Counterfeit Agency. With her on this is thoroughbred IP lawyer John Syekei, who provides the IP group with dynamic and inspirational leadership. He knows the lay of the land in East Africa better than anyone and runs a tight ship on the filing front. He is also one of the country’s best when it comes to IP-driven transactions, having recently handled a major cross-border brand migration in a large M&A deal acting on behalf of Kansai Plascon African – a groundbreaking piece of work for a Kenya-based lawyer. Syekei is also adept in the courtroom. Another name to commit to memory from this accomplished crew is head of trademarks David Opijah, an all-round brand strategist who is in hot demand for opinions.”

In addition to this, the team has also been ranked by Managing IP (Tier 1 in trademark copyright and tier 2 in patent) for the fourth consecutive year.