Published Date: December 14, 2023

On 10 November 2023, Adams & Adams Partner and Chairperson of the Africa Strategy Committee, Mr Simon Brown and the Africa Practice Manager, Mr Menzi Maboyi, travelled to Lusaka, Zambia to meet with the newly appointed Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of the Patents and Companies Registration Agency (PACRA) and his team.  

Our team was warmly welcomed by Mr Mpalo and taken on a tour of the office and met the departmental Heads and their teams. The representatives of PACRA held a round table discussion with our team in which they outlined general IP practice in Zambia, the plans to restructure the organisation, and touched on the new Trade Marks Act which is currently before Parliament. Our team also took the opportunity to visit our local office and to meet with other IP practitioners.

Zambia remains an important jurisdiction for Adams & Adams and we continue exploring ways to further enhance our IP offering by working with partners who share the firm’s ethos of integrity, commitment to service excellence and creation of value to our clients.

L – R: Jatin Patel (Local Office), Belinda M. Siankumo (Board Secretary and Chief Legal Officer, PACRA), Menzi Maboyi (Adams & Adams), Benson Mpalo (Registrar and Chief Executive Officer, PACRA), Simon Brown (Adams & Adams), Chewe Chilufya (Deputy Registrar IP, PACRA), Emmanuel Chisanga (Senior Manager Trade Marks, PACRA) and Palidje Nzima (Manager Patents and Designs, PACRA)