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Number 46 Northampton Crescent Opp. Remand Prison Eastlea Harare Zimbabwe
6th Floor, North Wing Bard House Cnr. First Street/ 69 S. Machel Avenue Harare Zimbabwe
Founded by Brenda Matanga in January 2010, BMatanga IP Attorneys is a specialised intellectual property services firm headquartered in Harare, Zimbabwe. The firm was deliberately set up as an anchor to give legal support and address the intellectual property legal needs of companies, individuals, and institutions with business interests in Africa.
Out of the realization that intellectual property interfaces with other areas of the law, we are growing our commercial practice so as to give full legal support to our Clients.
The firm is dedicated to high ethical and professional standards and adheres to a work culture of service excellence and professional competence.
We help you secure your mind’s creations!
Areas Of Practice
We offer trademark registration, observation, search, investigation and portfolio management services. Protect your trademark and keep it secure from illegitimate use.
We can be consulted on protection of inventions and any other innovative creations. We value our clients’ ingenuity, efforts in research and development and we will assist Clients with stopping free riders.
An industrial design refers to the ornamental or aesthetic aspects of a product.
Design registration is specifically directed at the visual features of an article, i.e. the shape and appearance of an article. By protecting an industrial design through its registration the owner obtains exclusive rights right to prevent its unauthorized copying or imitation by others.
Services | Searches, Filings, Registration, Infringement, Licensing, Assignments Renewals, Litigation and all related services.
A trade secret is generally understood as information with commercial value that has not been publicly disclosed by its holder and the holder has taken reasonable steps to protect it.
Manufacturing processes, techniques, know-how, lists of customers, ingredients, manuals, personnel record, business strategies, marketing plans, blueprints, formulas, business plans, financial information, research results are examples of information that can be protected as trade secrets.
Services | Theft of Trade Secrets, Trade Secret Misappropriation, Confidentiality Agreements and general advice pertaining to same.
Media, Sports & Entertainment Law
We handle various matters involving issues such as privacy and copyright issues, defamation, e-commerce laws, cyber crimes, cyber protection, impact of the communications revolution and commercial ventures.
We also monitor the industry and keep abreast of new developments thereby providing our clients with regular updates on the state of the industry. Our attorneys are passionate about sports and art.
We assist sports people, artists, and entertainers with the legal aspects of the arts, entertainment and sports. Our team capably gives advice on: Contracts | negotiation and drafting of corporate endorsement deals, broadcasting rights issues, licensing agreements and sponsorships, rights of publicity, defamation and privacy law issues and the various intellectual property rights issues in this industry.
Commercial Law & Litigation
Legal advice, drafting and litigation services are offered across the full spectrum of corporate and commercial law including insurance law, mergers, acquisitions and demergers, joint ventures, stock exchange listings and rights issues, insolvency law, import and export, electronic transactions law, and commercial disputes.
We have a range of legal and commercial expertise on board which provides our clients with an integrated legal service outside the parameters of traditional legal practice including: Company Secretarial Services | company registration and formation, compliance and due diligence. Obtaining of investment and operating permits and licences from administrative agencies
It is our belief that your original works of art deserve exclusivity and your control. We empower you against direct or indirect reproduction or exploitation of your original works.
Services | Copyright Infringement, Copyright Licensing, Copyright Litigation, Copyright Prosecution, Copyright Protection, Copyright Registration, Internet Copyright Law.
We recognise that innovators need to be rewarded for their creations and that any unauthorised manipulation justifies legal action. We devise strategies to counter infringements and unfair competition against our Clients’ intellectual property.
We assist Clients in seizures, raids, interdicts, customs surveillance, obtaining Anton Pillar Orders and implementing other available legal remedies that ensure that our Clients’ rights and interests are adequately safeguarded from copycats.
Through our team of external investigators, surveillance of markets and customs can be carried out for our Clients.
Domain names are identifiers of a company and their goods and services on the internet. They basically serve as online source indicators, allowing consumers to distinguish one competitor’s online offering of goods or services from another.
Services | We develop and implement clear domain policies. We give you legal opinions on domain name disputes and cybersquatting matters.
We will represent you in cross-border disputes through the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) procedure which is international in scope and is administered by the (World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Arbitration and Mediation Center
Notarial Practice, Conveyancing & Real Estate
Our attorneys are also registered Conveyancers and Notary Publics.
They offer efficient legal services in facilitation and negotiation of property sales, conducting searches on encumbrances and investigating property title, representations, registration and transfer of title for both commercial and residential properties, registration and cancellations of mortgage bonds, leases and notarial bonds, drafting of commercial contracts, antenuptial contracts, deeds and registration of name changes.
The firm also undertakes litigation relating to property disputes in all the levels of various courts.
Investment, Immigration, Tax & Securities Law
We realize that as investors come into a particular market they usually need a full range of services, legal services just being one of them.
We have therefore put together a pool of associates and consultants in other service areas that are essential for a foreign investor establishing a business such as Financial Advisory, Tax Advisory Banking, Investment Advisory, Immigration compliance and Accounting services. We are therefore well placed to advise foreign investors wholly.
We advise investors on their rights pertaining to type and value of the interest under consideration for purchase; notes, stocks, treasury stocks, bonds, certificates of interest or participation in profit sharing agreements, shares, investment contracts, interests in gas, oil, and other mineral rights.
We also offer Clients advice and representation in matters involving residence, employment and immigration permits and also assist with visa appeals and visa applications.
15 Downie Avenue Belgravia Harare Zimbabwe
As an established lifestyle practice of nearly 30 years, we pride ourselves as creative problem solvers and in offering the highest quality of personalized legal services in all aspects of a transaction or a project. We are now one of the leading law firms in Africa, specializing in intellectual property and commercial transactions, including advertising, corporate, insurance, contracts and other related areas of law with a focus on providing legal services to companies, individuals and non- profit organizations. Our firm has, over the years, served as legal advisor and representative to primarily foreign clients with interest in Africa or clients in Africa with foreign interest. In this capacity we have provided advice in joint ventures, corporate mergers, take overs including but not limited to: telecommunication, banking, publications and advertising industries, infrastructural development projects, mining, manufacturing and various retail and other industries.
We adhere to a standard of excellence, the highest standard of ethical conduct and integrity in serving our clients. Our goal is to provide clients with the best legal advice in a timely manner to facilitate their success.
In 2000, Baronage House was acquired in the commercial centre of the diplomatic community of Belgravia / Avondale which is in close proximity to town centre of Harare where most government and corporate offices are located, such as Zimbabwe Intellectual Property Office (ZIPO). The offices are also walking distance to the headquarters for African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO).
Legal Associates, Professional Assistants and Support Staff
The Firm has several lawyers as well as professional assistants and support staff with qualifications in law and other disciplines. This enables the Firm to not only provide legal representation and research but also valuable information and support services in quasi legal or non-legal matters to our clients who are often foreign nationals and need assistance in Zimbabwe and/or other countries in Africa. Through qualified non-legal staff, we are able to provide services that are outside the scope of traditional legal practice, such as, investigations, feasibility studies and research in a timely, competent manner. This is consistent with our belief in a multidisciplinary approach to problem solving and our desire to provide a full range of services to our clients to enable them to succeed in their business, professional or charitable interests.
Our support staff is well trained, disciplined and dedicated to quality service. We have an understanding not only of the legal system and socio-economic nuances of doing business in Africa but also the cross-cultural barriers to success. We enjoy an excellent reputation and a cooperative relationship with all branches of government as well as the private sector and non-profit entities.
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Simplicio holds an LL.B (Hons) degree from the University of Zimbabwe and a Master of Laws- International Trade and Commercial Law (LLM) (Durham, UK). He is also a holder of a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Edinburgh, UK. He joined the firm in 2010 and was admitted into partnership in 2013. He has a commercial law practice specialising in employment law, administrative law and drafting and reviewing of contracts. He is also a part-time tutor at the University of Zimbabwe business school and for the Law Society of Zimbabwe. He is a registered Notary Public and Conveyancer.
MacDonald House 10 Selous Ave Harare Zimbabwe