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Intellectual Property

Abenry provides comprehensive legal assistance in all areas of Intellectual Property, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, plant variety protection and unfair competition, domain names, due diligence, intellectual property licensing, and all related litigation in Tanzania, Zanzibar and other countries throughout Africa.

We believe an integrated strategy for protecting intellectual assets is critical to establishing strong and valuable intellectual property portfolios. We employ a team approach, in which attorneys with complementary experience and skills work together to provide the most comprehensive and cost-effective legal services possible.

We offer a full spectrum of IP services including, amongst others:


  • Registrations (Filing)
  • Searches
  • PCT Regional Phase registration
  • Annuity Payments
  • Restoration of rights
  • Amendment of Claims and Specifications
  • Watch services
  • Extensions
  • Litigations and Infringement Proceedings
  • Recordals of Change of Name and Address of Applicants or Assignments.

Trade and Service Marks

  • Registration (Filing applications)
  • Conduct trademark clearances
  • Recordals of Assignment, Change of Name, Address, etc.
  • Pursuing and contesting oppositions to applications.
  • Cancellation proceedings.
  • Restoration of Rights proceedings.
  • Appeals to decisions either rejecting the application of a mark, opposition or claim to ownership proceedings.
  • Court Litigations involving invalidation and cancellation suits before competent courts.
  • Executions of decisions involving rights infringements.
  • Watch Services for possible infringing marks.
  • Litigation and Infringement Proceedings
  • Raids: At the request of clients, we organize raids in our local markets to attach infringing goods in conjunction with the competent authorities.
  • Negotiation of license, assignment, franchise and other trademark-related agreements
  • Trademark portfolio management: a service that takes in renewals and monitoring of new applications that should not co-exist on a trademark register.
  • Regional protection through the frameworks of ARIPO and OAPI

Utility Models

  • Registration (Filing of applications)
  • Opposition proceedings
  • Licenses.
  • Cancellation and infringement
  • Regional protection through the frameworks of ARIPO and OAPI

Industrial Designs

  • Registration (Filing of applications)
  • Transfer of Rights (Assignments)
  • Recordals
  • Renewal of Rights
  • Regional protection through the frameworks of ARIPO and OAPI

Literary and Artistic Proprietary Rights (Copyrights)

  • Copyrights and related rights protection
  • Assignment of rights and licensing
  • Special Contracts
  • Litigation and Enforcement.
  • Represent clients in other commercial transactions involving copyrights and protected works

Protection Against Unfair Competition

  • Litigation (Civil and Criminal Actions) in courts for clients.
  • Oppositions
  • Claims to Ownership.

Plant Variety Protection (Plant Breeders Rights)

  • Registration (Filing and Protection)
  • Advising on the patentability of plant-related inventions
  • Negotiate agreements for licenses, assignments, and other transactions involving protected plant varieties.
  • Infringement litigation.
  • Overcoming objections

Domain Name

  • Registration
  • Litigation on domain name ownership before our competent courts.

IP Litigation

  • Infringement of trademarks
  • Anti- counterfeit proceedings
  • Unfair Trade practices
  • Intellectual property dispute resolution
  • Branding disputes
  • Copyright infringement.
  • Domain name disputes
  • Passing off