One of Kenya’s most prominent corporate law firms, Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates (IKM), has been named as one of the top 1000 global law firms in trademark law practice and related intellectual property matters. The World Trademark Review 1000, which is in its second edition, is an essential guide to the world’s leading trademark professionals. The WTR 1000 recommends 1000 global law firms and attorneys considered to be the leaders in the field and delivering top-quality trademark services.
The WTR 1000 “Gold” band is described as follows:
“Firms and individuals in the gold band are those that attract the most positive comments from sources. We have identified them as the crème de la crème; their success hinges on reputations established over lengthy periods of time, something which enables them to secure the most high-profile, big-ticket work from the most demanding of clients.”
In reacting to the news, William Maema, IKM Head of IP said, “As an indigenous law firm, we are humbled, yet encouraged by the gold ranking which speaks volumes of our professional capacity to deliver world class intellectual property and related trade mark counsel to our clients”.
He further added: “Intellectual Property specialisation may well be an emerging space within the local jurisdiction and we are proud that we have retained a wealth of experience to help us guide our clients through.”
In Kenya, IKM Advocates has been named as a Gold Band law firm alongside Kaplan & Stratton Advocates.
IPKenya would like to congratulate IKM as well as the other five firms in Kenya that have been named in the Silver Band. However IPKenya is disappointed that none of these law firms are publishing articles, reports and other useful guidelines on intellectual property law and practice as it evolves in Kenya and within East Africa. Hopefully, this will change and we will begin to demystify intellectual property law for SMEs and the public at large.
IPKenya is pleased that the World Trademark Review rightly recognises Kenya as the “commercial hub of East Africa and a focal point for trademark activity in the region”. WTR 1000 also acknowledges Kenya as an attractive market for multinationals seeking to protect and enforce their trademark rights because of the quick turnaround time on trademark registrations and the increasing levels of IP specialisation in the judiciary. Furthermore the WTR notes that the Anti-counterfeit Agency – established under the Anti-counterfeiting Act – is now in operation to enforce IP laws including the rights of brand owners.