To meet clients’ demands, Cymbell Advocates has created a dedicated department with a cutting-edge expertise on both litigation and non-litigation IP and TMT issues. Our IP and TMT team has unparalleled transactional, licensing and regulatory experience in matters pertaining to sector and regularly advises and represents local and international clients in a broad range of issues including but not limited to telecommunications law and regulatory practice, media law, internet and e-commerce transactional advice, financial technology (FINTECH) legal advisory services, tax consulting, intellectual property advisory and protection and related matters.
Cymbell Advocates has a vibrant intellectual property department that offers comprehensive brand protection and advisory services on the protection of intellectual property rights in the technology field to its clients
Our IP Team provides strategic advice on intellectual property matters and manages intellectual property portfolios for our local and international clients. The services offered by our IP team include but are not limited to: registration, assignment and renewal of trademarks / service marks, industrial designs, patents, and utility models for local and overseas clients, registration of patents and industrial designs under the Industrial Property Act 2014, the Patents Cooperation Treaty and the ARIPO protocol, payment of annual maintenance fees on behalf of clients, advising on and registration of copyright, registration of plant breeders’ rights including filing applications for grant of such 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.
The firm is also involved in contentious intellectual property litigation matters and is involved in the filing and defending trademark opposition, expungement and infringement and passing off matters, copyright infringement and patent litigation before the Registrar of Trademarks, and the High court of Uganda.
Our TMT team works with multi-media, telecommunications and web-based companies to navigate emerging intellectual property rights issues in new media and online technologies and assists entities with their online activities by crafting policies and agreements for use of the website, user generated content, and personal data, as well as formulating internal compliance procedures and audits relevant for these technologies.
At Cymbell Advocates, we pride ourselves on our in-depth understanding of the framework for the regulation of the telecommunication sector and of the commercial and technological aspects of the telecommunications industry.
We offer a full spectrum of legal advice on the licensing and regulation as well as transactional advice of telecommunication operators. We also advise them on, inter alia, on competition (anti-trust) law matters, gaming laws, mergers and acquisition, project financing, infrastructure sharing, taxation, employment matters, competition issues, intellectual property matters and dispute resolution.
The firm also has a wide experience in drafting agreements and contracts essential to the ordinary course of the telecommunication business including system and supply contracts, interconnection agreements, agreements for the sale, leasing and sharing of switches and other equipment, distribution agreements, branded Reseller/Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) agreements, co-location and infrastructure sharing agreements, distributorship agreements, dealership agreements, franchising agreements, telephony service agreements, aggregator agreements, sponsorship agreements and cross-border mobile commerce agreements.
The Firm also advises private equity clients intending to invest in or purchase government-owned telecommunications companies in Uganda on a broad range of corporate, tax, regulatory, securities, intellectual property, anti-trust, and related issues that arise from such matters.
We pride ourselves on our understanding of the sector, and place great emphasis on maintaining proximity to the industry, with our partners having worked in the sector at service provider levels. Through this proximity, we are able to anticipate and advise our clients on industry changes.
We have practical experience on advising publishers, broadcasters, online content providers, outdoor advertising companies, reporters, authors, and other key players in the media and entertainment industry on a wide range of contentious and non-contentions issues including but not limited to publishing rights, content acquisition, pre- publication rights clearance, intellectual property law matters, licensing and regulation matters, data management rights and privacy matters.
We have also been involved in drafting and review of publishing agreements, endorsements agreements, arts and music rights recording agreements, non-disclosure agreements, royalty agreements, non-competition agreements.
We also provide representation to clients on contentious matters including defamation suits and defences, invasion of privacy and related claims.
At Cymbell Advocates, we have an unparalleled combination of experience in cutting- edge legal issues relating to information technology, financial technology, gaming and betting, internet and electronic commerce, life science and biomed (healthcare, medical and pharmaceutical inventions), and other technology intensive services.
We provide strategic advice and guidance to help clients navigate the ever-changing technology market.
The firm advises clients on a full spectrum of regulatory, transactional, compliance, legislative, taxation, and corporate, financial transactions enforcement and litigation issues.
Our range of services include; reviewing, drafting and negotiation on IP and ICT based agreements related, inter alia, to procurement, escrow arrangements, outsourcing, manufacturing, media, web, software, franchise, publishing, distribution, licensing, hosting, co-location, data and content management and service level agreements.
We also offer legal advice in relation to internet use (advertisement, e-commerce, sector-specific legislation in banking, insurance and medical care and other sectors).
The firm also offers legal advisory services on a full range of data protection issues including email and Internet use, data privacy issues arising from shared service/global IT platform programs and cloud solutions, handling of complaints and requests from individuals and regulatory bodies, including civil proceedings arising there from, providing guidance on data leakage investigations and proceedings.
We also offer legal advisory services on software development, software or platform licensing, IT services (in all forms including outsourcing) to providing comprehensive advice on data protection, compliance and data breach and incident report.