JOHN SYEKEI

PARTNER, BOWMANS

John Syekei is a partner at Bowmans Kenya and heads the Intellectual Property and Technology practice group in East Africa.

His practice areas and experience covers commercial intellectual property advice, Technology law, E-Commerce, Payments, Fintech, IP litigation, advertising law and litigation, data privacy, advice on drafting and/or negotiation of information technology agreements on seller or buyer side, and advice on the protection and enforcement of trade mark, patent, copyright and industrial designs. He practices across Africa and also acts for clients in intellectual property infringement actions, anti-counterfeiting raids, due diligence investigations and reports, drafting of licensing and franchise agreements, trade mark oppositions, trade mark cancellations, and domain name dispute resolutions before World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), acquisitions and deployment of IT solutions and dispute resolution relating to IT contracts.

He is regionally and globally renowned for his excellence in the IP space, and has received several top citations and recognitions from international directories such as Chambers Global, World Trademark Reviews, IP Stars and WIPR Leaders.

John is a member of the advisory council of Innovation Law Club Africa (ILCA), an international forum for capacity building, knowledge exchange, and professional collaboration among technology law specialists.

According to Chambers & Partners, John Syekei is a highly revered IP attorney, with market sources describing him as "one of the top lawyers in this space." He operates across the full spectrum of IP issues, with notable activity in anti-counterfeiting enforcement, infringement actions and enforcement of designs. Interviewees enthuse: "He's just very engaging, and clearly has an excellent understanding of IP law internationally and in Kenya. Just an impressive individual."