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.
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 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.