Intellectual Property

Our firm was among the pioneers of intellectual property in the region, defending clients in cases dating back to 1918. Today, we cover small, large, local, international, and well-established brand owners and technology holders. We have been protecting intellectual property rights for almost a century, with 2018 marking our 100th year. As our ever-expanding portfolio of clients can attest, we take pride in our ability to protect intellectual property. In Algeria, the ARIPO region, Bahrain, Egypt, Ethiopia Iran, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, OAPI member states, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, and many other nations across Africa. We have used innovative strategies to handle a range of intellectual property issues, including:
  • Patent issues
  • Trademarks
  • Copyrights’ protection
  • Industrial designs
  • Domain names
  • Utility models
  • Franchising and licensing agreements
  • Anti-counterfeiting strategies


The right patent can be a business’s most valuable asset. It is crucial to the institution of intellectual property. We have been at the forefront of protecting patent rights through licensing, transfer, and production, and understand how to impose those same rights against competitors. We offer invention evaluations, patent opinions, patent procurement, patent maintenance and annuity fees, validity, and enforceability advice as well as licenses and agreements negotiation. If infringement issues occur, we can manage them with conviction and authority. Our services include:
  • Negotiating and preparing licenses, assignments, security interests and other agreements for inventions, designs, and patents
  • Performing a patent audit
  • Identifying areas where patent or design protection can be obtained or extended
  • Devising strategies to assist in managing a patent portfolio
  • Evaluating patent portfolios of clients
  • Patent translation services
  • Right to manufacture or use studies


Trademarks are essential to securing a business’s legacy through its unique names and logos. Because of their profound importance, we offer a one-stop shop for all trademarks services. We can advise on strategies for domain names as well as trademark availability and offer advice for marks, managing trademark portfolios, and performing clearance searches. We also help clients enforce their trademarks and perform due diligence in transactions and commercial brand agreements, including licensing and franchising. Our client base spans most business sectors and industries, both on the domestic and international levels:
  • Trademark search, clearances, and filings and registering trademarks and domain names
  • Opposition and cancellation actions
  • Trademarks portfolio management
  • Negotiating and litigating trademarks, trade names, trade dresses, unfair competition, and comparative advertising disputes
  • Advising on and conducting domain name disputes before the courts
  • Advising on other trademark, confidentiality, and unfair competition issues that arise in e-commerce
  • Providing transaction advice and due diligences in the evaluation and management of intellectual property in acquisitions, mergers, financings, and bankruptcies
  • Negotiating and drafting licenses, assignments, franchise agreements, web development agreements, and e-commerce agreements
  • Providing validity and infringement opinions
  • Advising on rights of personality and privacy
  • Conducting market surveys and trademark watch services
  • Trademark valuation

Industrial Designs

Navigating the intricate laws of industrial and mechanical design necessitates an intimate understanding of all the fields these laws encompass. We represent individuals and multinationals alike, ensuring our clients’ designs are protected, while not infringing on any other rights. Our elite team has multi-disciplinary technical experience. We have effectively represented professionals in mechanical, civil metallurgy, physics, and nuclear engineering and have a history of protecting inventions with chemical, electrical, and electronic aspects. Our scope of work includes:
  • Performing prior art searches, including structure-based searches
  • Providing advice on validity and infringement opinions
  • Preparing and prosecuting design applications worldwide
  • Conducting due diligence investigations
  • Preparing and negotiating licensing agreements
  • Conducting intellectual property audits
  • Organizing right to manufacture or use studies
  • Enforcing intellectual property rights


Copyrights are hotly disputed in the digital age, providing a landscape of challenges and uncertainties. As the concept of Infringement becomes increasingly nuanced, tracking down infringes has become increasingly difficult. We have worked with clients across multiple sectors, with the singular focus of providing up-to-date, dynamic wisdom on everything relevant to the copyright space. Our team has extensive knowledge of the availability of copyright protection, how to secure copyrights, and how to register them. We can represent clients in disputes over digital rights and copyright infringement, as well as:
  • Drafting copyright and internet-related contracts
  • Registering and enforcing copyrights in the Middle East & North Africa
  • Advising on the protection of goodwill, data, internet content, confidential information, and trade secrets
  • Advising on unfair practices
  • Conducting due diligence and title opinions for new media products and services
  • Clearing copyrights in materials to be used on websites or other multimedia products
  • Advising on the licensing of technology and digital content, and preparing related agreements
  • Advising on online advertising
  • Advising on issues relating to e-commerce
  • Litigating and forming opinions on infringements for new media products and services


Every year, global counterfeiting is responsible for stealing hundreds of billions of dollars, accounting for a significant percentage of the world’s GDP. There is nothing trivial about creating an original product, which is why we work around the clock with our clients to minimize their risk of infringement. In order to fight piracy and counterfeiting (both locally and regionally), we developed a specialized intellectual property dispute resolution team, consisting of both attorneys and investigators. Recognized as one of the most successful teams in the region, we create custom strategies to issue raids on infringes and counterfeiters, identify sources of infringement, and market survey investigations.
  • Searching for evidence of infringing activity
  • Overseeing audits and investigations of manufacturing facilities
  • Leveraging on-ground contacts for a swift response to counterfeiting concerns
  • Monitoring production facilities abroad to protect businesses and brands
  • Tracing counterfeit products beyond factories to identify the leaders at the helm of the criminal enterprise
  • Instituting legal actions to secure immediate injunctions against counterfeiters
  • Pursuing orders to seize the counterfeit products and to obtain records and financial data to trace the counterfeiting supply chain
  • Seeking monetary judgments and permanent injunctions against the counterfeiters
  • Engaging in all necessary litigation

Investigation Services

To launch a truly robust investigation, a counterfeit investigation services team needs to have a strong presence on the ground. Our skilled team of attorneys and investigators takes a hands-on approach to our anti-counterfeit, infringement, and intellectual property cases.

Using a discreet yet aggressive strategy, we coordinate with local authorities to investigate fraudulent activities. We seek out those who exploit the rules and regulations of marketplaces and shopping centers across the Middle East and Africa, in both remote locations and city centres.

Furthermore, our expertise extends into the digital realm.
  • Protecting from cybercrime (including identity theft and website, social media, and e-commerce security)
  • Investigating products (including analysing importer/exporters, evidential sample purchases, and due diligence for vendor and customer)
  • Securing against anonymous acquisitions
  • Launching corporate and competitor market intelligence campaigns
  • Establishing Intellectual property rights (including trademark use & infringement investigations)
  • Issuing online/on-ground market surveys