MENA AJAKPOVI

Practice area/s
Telecommunications, Media and Technology

Mena Ajakpovi is a Partner in the firm’s intellectual property, litigation, arbitration & alternative dispute resolution and telecommunications, media and technology departments. He advises on copyright, patent, trademarks, domain names, broadcasting, music/movie/comedy production, distribution, branding, image rights, franchising/licensing, amongst others. He has represented some of the world’s biggest names and owners of IP in disputes relative to these areas.

Mena provided advisory support to Bloomberg TV Africa, through its franchisee, when Bloomberg entered the Nigerian Broadcasting space. He also advised FIFA (International Federation of Football Associations), through its franchisee, on broadcast piracy of its signals for the World Cup in Nigeria. He represented a party in a copyright dispute relating to the “Big Brother” copyright format in Nigeria and represented Interswitch in the resolution of its dispute with a major competitor for the use of a patent, and is currently involved in patent litigation in the Nigerian Fin-tech sector.

He supervised the team that pioneered anti piracy campaigns on behalf of Microsoft Corp in Nigeria and has led anti-piracy and counterfeit campaigns on behalf of brand owners in Nigeria. In entertainment law, Mena has a close working relationship with movie producers, artistes, actors and other stakeholders in the media and entertainment industry and his advice is widely sought in music production deals, film finance and disputes arising therefrom.

Mena is a Notary Public, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators UK (FCIArb), and a member of the panel of Neutrals of the Lagos Court of International Arbitrators LCIA. He is also a Fellow of the Centre for International Legal Studies Salzburg, Austria. He is a member of the Anti-counterfeit Committee of the International Trademarks Association (INTA) and has made presentations in this capacity. Mena is also a member of the Intellectual Property Committee of the International Bar Association, where he has also made presentations. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Trademarks Attorneys UK, and the Pharmaceutical Trade Group (PTMG), a pan-European forum for IP lawyers with specialisation in the pharmaceutical sector. He has featured in the Who’s Who Legal Intellectual Property section and has published papers on copyright, information technology, broadcast rights and dispute resolution.

 

Career

2018-date Partner, Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie
2002-2018 Partner, Abraham & Co.
1998-2002 Senior Associate, Strachan Partners
1996-1998 Associate, Strachan Partners
1995-1996 Associate, Chris Ogunbanjo & Co.

Qualifications

2011 Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitration, London
2011 Diploma, International Arbitration, London
2009 LLM, Suffolk Law School, Boston
1994 LL. B. University of Benin

Bar admissions

1995 Nigeria

Professional membership

Nigerian Bar Association
International Bar Association
International Trademark Association, USA
Chartered Institute of Trademark Attorneys, UK
Pharmaceutical Trade Group PTMG, UK