Bernard is a Partner in our TMT and Intellectual Property practice with a wealth of experience of over 11 years specializing on all aspects of intellectual property. His experience includes providing strategic advice on commercial and transactional intellectual property matters, including structuring and management, due diligence, investigations and advising on, and drafting, commercial and licence agreements. He also advises clients on trade mark and copyright litigation, patent perfection and on matters of infringement, passing off and anti-counterfeiting. He works with clients across a range of sectors including: media and entertainment, telecommunications, advertising and sport, fashion, cosmetics, restaurants and food stuffs and electronics.
Bernard has been involved in numerous significant reported cases in relation to trade mark, copyright and patent infringement and is regularly recommended by clients for his contentious expertise. He is the General Secretary of the Ugandan Law Society Intellectual Property Practitioners Cluster and a member of the Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB) Intellectual Property Department Users Forum. He is a registered African intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO) Agent.
While on secondment in 2014 at Freshfields Bruckhaus Derringer LLP, a magic circle firm, at their London office under the International Lawyers for Africa (ILFA) Advanced Training Program, Bernard worked closely with teams dealing in intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions and drafting and negotiating Transitional Services Agreements (TSA’s) as well as IP and other dispute resolution.
Bernard also advises several entities on employment law and labour compliance, occupational health and safety, workman’s compensation and restructuring. He has assisted several companies in restructuring and mass lay-offs as well as labour law compliance. He represents a number of clients before the Labour Office as well as the High court Industrial Division and routinely mediates and arbitrates employment disputes.
He is also a registered Insolvency Practitioner in Uganda and has handled a high-profile Receivership, Provisional Administration and assisted in the liquidation of a leading telecom Company. He participates in our Commercial Dispute Resolution practice. (Mediation, Arbitration and Litigation).
He is a Notary Public and Commissioner for Oaths.