Uche Nwokocha

PARTNER

Uche’s genuine passion for intellectual property makes her “one of the leading practitioners in the market”, according to Chambers Global. She firmly believes that companies that haven’t embraced innovation will be left behind. In addition to managing a global portfolio of clients whose brands are household names, she serves on the board of the International Trademark Association and is active with several other organisations.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

As head of the firm’s Intellectual Property and Anti-Counterfeiting practice, Uche advises local and international clients on the full range of brand-related matters, including licensing and franchising of technology, transfer agreements and product registration with the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control. She represents global brands including The Coca-Cola Company, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Kimberly-Clark Worldwide and the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). She advised clothing retailer H&M in relation to the infringement and unlawful use of its trademark by a local business. She successfully argued cancellation proceedings for GSK against an application by a third party to register a trademark conflicting with their Panadol and Lucozade trademarks. She advised FIFA in connection with the infringement of its trademarks during the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, and she remains the leader on issues relating to unlawful use of the FIFA emblem. She has also advised Reckitt Benckiser on anti-counterfeiting matters and BASF on trademarks and product registration.

Education
  • Harvard Business School, Program for Leadership Development (PLD), 2018
  • University of Lagos, Master of International Law and Diplomacy (MILD), 1997
  • Nigerian Law School, BL, 1991
  • Lagos State University, LLB, 1990
Awards & Recognitions
  • Managing Intellectual Property – IP Stars in 2018, 2017 and 2016
  • Managing Intellectual Property – Top 250 Women in IP for 2018
  • Who’s Who Legal
  • Chambers Global
Memberships & Professional Associations
  • International Trademark Association (INTA) Board of Directors, Africa Global Advisory Council
  • Nigerian Bar Association
  • Anti Counterfeiting Collaboration
Speeches & Publications
  • Speeches:
  • “IP Valuation”, Harvard Business Executive Education, June 2018
  • “Growing a Thriving IP Practice: The Need to Know for Young Lawyers”, Nigerian Bar Association Young Lawyers Forum Summit, April 2018
  • Project team member and speaker at the INTA-BASCAP workshop “Intermediaries and Rights Holders: Working Together to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy”, 2016
  • Moderator, INTA Building Africa with Brands conference, September 2016
  • “Protection – What it covers and costs”, Intellectual Property Protection workshop, 2015