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Intellectual Property

CM Advocates LLP - Uganda > Practice Areas > Intellectual Property

CM Advocates Uganda has a vibrant Intellectual Property and Internet Practice that offers clients comprehensive brand protection and advisory services on the protection of intellectual property rights.

The firm also advises its local and international clients on a broad range of issues relating to the acquisition, transfer and protection of their intellectual rights and is regularly involved in the preparation, review and negotiation of registered user, assignment and license agreements.

The firm also offers IP-specific legal compliance, audits, due diligence, restructuring and optimization of IP portfolios in relation to merger and acquisition transactions, IPO and other share deals.

Our services are categorized into the following five areas:

1. Intellectual Property Strategy

We offer comprehensive audit and strategy advice on the protection and utilization of intellectual property. This includes assessment of the client’s existing intellectual property assets, advice on its protection and commercialization.

In relation to IP protection, our services include:

  • Searches, registration, assignment and renewal, change of name or address in respect of trademarks/service marks;
  • Filing of patents and industrial designs, validity opinions and advice;
  • Advising on and registration of copyright;
  • Registration of plant breeders’ rights including filing applications for grant of such rights
  • Attending to local opposition and expungement proceedings;
  • domain name searches, registrations and renewals; and
  • Payment of annual maintenance fees on behalf of clients.

2. Intellectual Property Disputes

We guide clients in relation to the protection of their intellectual property including litigation and alternative disputes resolution mechanisms- always guided by achieving an effective and cost-effective solution for the clients.

3. IP Contracts, Licensing and Assignments

Upon registration of your intellectual property rights, we help clients make efficient use of or commercialize their intellectual property and innovations through intellectual property license and assignment agreements. The two agreements vary from each other and it is important that the person assigning or licensing the intellectual property rights understand the ramifications of each. It is equally important for the purchaser of the intellectual property rights to enter into the right type of agreement, which will enable the maximum utilization of the intellectual property rights.

At CM Advocates Uganda, we have vast experience and assist clients with the preparation of these complex agreements, which determine the manner in which third parties can use your intellectual property. Our team is highly regarded and trusted when it comes to negotiating, drafting, reviewing or dealing with intellectual property agreements.

Our areas of work include: –

  • legal advisory on intellectual property rights assignments and license agreements;
  • legal opinion on regulatory requirements and compliance;
  • negotiations, review and drafting of intellectual property license and assignment agreements;
  • legal advisory on perfection and enforcement of intellectual property license agreements and assignment agreements. we also advise on termination of license agreements; and
  • dispute resolution.

4. IP and Software Agreements

The Software agreements grant the users the right to use the software while equally granting the software owners control of the manner in which the software is used.

CM Advocates Uganda advises clients on a variety of software related contracting issues. Clients benefit from our client centric approach, experience and ability to negotiate and draft software agreements that meet the client’s business objectives in a way that minimizes risks and maximizes profits.

We advise software and hardware owners on the commercialization, protection, licensing and exploitation of software, data and technology. The types of software licenses that we advices on include End User License Agreements, B2B Software Licenses as well as Free/Open-Source Licenses.

Our areas of work include –

  • legal advisory on software development and licensing agreement related issues;
  • software agreements;
  • software outsourcing agreements;
  • systems integration agreements;
  • software installation agreements;
  • software purchase agreements;
  • software consulting agreements;
  • data protection;
  • legal advisory on intellectual property rights protection;
  • non-compete, non-disclosure and confidentiality; and
  • license agreements for deployed software, software as a service (saas), cloud computing, hosting, integration, support and maintenance, proof-of-concept and development.

4. IP and Internet

The rise of the Internet has revolutionized the way that business is conducted and generated new business models. Social media, emails and phone apps are now the default method of communication for most people. Undoubtedly, this has ushered a novel legal landscape affecting the protection of intellectual property rights.

At CM Advocates, we guide our clients on how to protect their intellectual property online and how to handle issues that arise from convergence of digital media and technology. We usually advice on issues facing businesses with internet activities, such as:

  • Domain names disputes, registrations and licensing;
  • E-commerce;
  • Logistics and distribution (digital and physical);
  • Cybercrimes, defamation and data protection
  • Labour and Employment;
  • Digital taxation;
  • Mergers, joint ventures and strategic alliances;
  • Outsourcing transactions.