Internationally renowned IP specialist Uche Nwokocha draws praise for her expertise in portfolio management and licensing issues.
Uche Nwokocha, Harvard alumni, joined the firm in 2003 and was admitted to partnership in 2008. She has experience in trademark clearance and exploitation, patents, dispute resolution, franchising, technology transfer, product registration with NAFDAC. After graduation from law school, Nwokocha gained master of international diplomacy in 1997 from the University of Lagos.
She heads the intellectual property department of the firm and advises local and international clients on the full range of brand-related matters including the licensing and franchising of technology transfer agreements with NOTAP.
Uche sits on the board of INTA and was assigned to the finance committee for 2020. She has been ranked among the 2020 World Trademark Review 1000 (WTR), “Top 250 Women in IP for 2020” by Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) which also named her an “IP Star” (2016–2020) and in 2019 by World IP Review. She is a secretary to Anti-counterfeiting Collaboration (ACC) Nigeria and previously chaired the Middle East, Africa and South Asia subcommittee of INTA's anti-counterfeiting committee.
Uche represents global brands including The Coca-Cola Company, GSK, Kimberly Clark Corporation and continues to represent FIFA in connection with all FIFA tournaments including Women World Cup 2019 in France. She advised H&M in relation to the infringement of its trademark by a local business, and recently got the Corporate Affairs Commission to direct the infringing company to change its name. She has also advised Reckitt Benckiser and BASF on anti-counterfeiting and product registration respectively.
Uche continues to bring value to the brands that she represents.