Intellectual Property rights need to be protected. And it cannot be gainsaid that the violation of these rights, the world over, is commonplace. Professor Ephraim Ngwafor and one of the Associates, Mme Horline Njike are accredited Trademark Agents with the African Intellectual Property Organisation (OAPI) which is made up of sixteen countries, namely: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Gabon, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Ivory Coast, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal and Togo.

In this domain, our practice turns on counselling clients, most of whom are international clients, on copyrights, trademarks, patent, licensing, trade secrets, trade names etc. And at the end of it all, if the circumstances so dictate, we initiate litigation or defend our clients in any suit brought against them. In addition to protecting trademarks in the sixteen member states of OAPI, we also cover the neighbouring countries. In fact, the Head Office of OAPI is found in the capital city of Cameroon, Yaoundé, where the offices of NGWAFOR & PARTNERS are located. This facilitates the entire procedure for registration or renewals of trademarks.
Pr. E. N. Ngwafor
Our attorneys, Associates and paralegals in this department all have postgraduate degrees in Intellectual Property and their dissertations were centred on topics related to trademarks, patent and copyrights. Indeed, complicated issues like searches and verifications are carried out before any potential trademark is brought to the fore for market investment purposes.

Ms. EUNICE NKENGASONGMs. NJIKE HORLINE
Ms. EUNICE NKENGASONG / Ms. NJIKE HORLINE
Mr. APINJOH PANCRACIUS UBARINEKMs. BEJUKA MILDRED ALUGU
Mr. CELESTINE NEBA KWEH / Ms. BEJUKA MILDRED
Ms JULIENNE MINKA'AMs ARREY-ECHI
Ms JULIENNE MINKA'A  / Ms ARREY-ECHI 
Mr DAVID SAYONG 
Mr DAVID SAYONG  / Ms ADRIENNE EBAMPE
 
THE INTERNATIONAL CONNECTION WITH SPOOR & FISHER  
 

NGWAFOR & PARTNERS SARL now has a new identity. Following an agreement signed in January 2012 with SPOOR & FISHER, one of the biggest Intellectual Property Law Firms in the world, NGWAFOR & PARTNERS SARL, has been transformed and today wears the new name: SPOOR & FISHER Inc. NGWAFOR & PARTNERS SARL. This is the outcome of about two years of hard and meaningful negociation. In this connection one can rightly say that SPOOR & FISHER now has an office in the OAPI zone.

In the Press Release published after this agreement, Managing Director of SPOOR & FISHER in Jersey (Channel Island), Wayne Meiring, explained, ‘’We are delighted to formalize our relationship whit Professor Ngwafor, which has evolved over several years. We have fulfilled one of our very strategic goals by securing exclusively his services covering all aspects of IP ,coupled with the opening of SPOOR & FISHER OAPI .Ready access to Professor Ngwafor’s skills and expertise means that we will maintain and enhance our responsive and reliable service in OAPI for the ongoing benefic of our clients ‘’

Professor Ngwafor equally commented: ‘’I am proud to become part of the SPOOR & FISHER network and to have the opportunity to develop my practice with such a broad international blue-chip client base. The combination of our intellectual capital ,local market knowledge and established relationships with the registries in the OAPI countries, gives SPOOR & FISHER a clear competitive advantage in the region.’’ The Press Release also mentioned the following:
ABOUT SPOOR & FISHER
SPOOR & FISHER is a specialist, full service international Intellectual Property Law Firm, with a particular focus on providing services throughout Africa, the Middle East and the Caribbean. Spoor & Fisher covers all aspects of Intellectual Property Law including patents, trade marks, copyright and Designs, related litigation, commercial transactions, due diligence and portfolio management.
Our main offices are situated in South Africa and Jersey, Channel Islands. We also have local offices in Malawi, Gambia, Ghana and Zambia as well as business links with retained associates across the rest of Africa.

RECENT AWARDS

MIP World Intellectual Property Survey
Spoor & Fisher has consistently been ranked in the 1st Tier for patents and trade mark for the last three years and acknowledged in the MIP World Intellectual Property Survey as the top Intellectual Property Law Firm in South Africa.

Legal 500
Spoor & Fisher was designated as a top tier Law Firm in 2010

Intercontinental Finance Magazine – Legal Excellence
Spoor & Fisher was voted as the winner in the Intercontinental Finance Magazine’s Legal Excellence Awards 2011.

Chambers and Partners
Spoor & Fisher also received a Band 1 rating for Intellectual Property in South Africa.

Outstanding Employer
Spoor & Fisher in Jersey was designated as an outstanding Employer of the Year 2011 by the Jersey Employment Trust.
ABOUT PROFESSOR EPHRAIM NGWAFOR
PROFESSOR EPHRAIM NGWAFOR

Prof. Ephraïm Ngwafor
Executive Director of SPOOR & FISHER Inc. NGWAFOR & PARTNERS
Professor Ephraim Ngwafor is an accredited IP agent with the African Intellectual Property Organisation (OAPI). He is also a member of the following: the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague in the Netherlands; the Cameron Bar Association and the Users’ Council of the London Court of International Arbitration. He is a Fellow of the Cameroon Academy of Sciences. Professor Ngwafor obtained his undergraduate law degree from University of Yaoundé in Cameroon. He later obtained an LLM from Dalhousie Law School in Canada and subsequently a Ph.D in Law from the University of London UK. Professor Ngwafor has held Positions of Dean of studies and Rector (vice Chancellor) of the University of Yaoundé II in Cameroon. He has also held a position in government as Minister in charge of Special Duties at the Presidency of the Republic of Cameroon. Currently, he holds the only Chair in English Law in the Faculty of Law and Political Science in the University of Yaoundé II. He has published extensively in Law, notably text books and articles in various international journals.
 
THE SIGNING CEREMONY AT HILTON HOTEL, YAOUNDE CAMEROON




Welcome Address by MR. Celestine NEBA, Head of the Patent Department


Concertation between Prof. Ephraim NGWAFOR and Mr. Randolph NGWAFOR on details about SPOOR& FISHER and Professor Ephraim NGWAFOR


Presentation of SPOOR & FISHER and Prof .Ephraim NGWAFOR


The guests and collaborators listen attentively



The signing proper by Prof. Ephraim NGWAFOR and Mr. Edwin NGWAFOR


Thank you Address by Mr. Edwin NGWAFOR



Congratulations and Best Wishes


Unveiling of New Plate by Mrs. Gladys NGWAFOR
 
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