The Firm’s founder, Mrs. Brenda Kahari, is a graduate of University of Dayton (BA), Howard University Law Center (JD) (cum laude) and Georgetown University Law Center (LLM). She established her practice in 1986 after working for several years as a senior legal advisor and legislative drafter for the Ministry of Justice Legal and Parliamentary Affairs in Zimbabwe where she participated in the Commonwealth Secretariat of the United Kingdom course for legislative drafting and earned the Diploma for Legislative Drafting. She was appointed to the Legislative Drafting Committee for the Constitutional Commission for the first proposed amendments to the Constitution of Zimbabwe in 1999.
Since its beginning the Firm has focused its practice on intellectual property and commercial transactions. Mrs. Kahari is a regular speaker/ lecturer on topics related to intellectual property for several institutions including the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the International Trademark Association (INTA) and the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO). She is a Member of the Steering Committee (Board) for the Master in Intellectual Property (MIP) Degree at Africa University which is sponsored by WIPO, ARIPO and Africa University in Mutare, Zimbabwe. As an expert for WIPO Academy, she has been a guest speaker at Judicial Colloquiums on Intellectual property and events in several African States, including Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe. She is a tutor in the MIP programme as well as the Distance Learning courses for WIPO Academy. She has written articles and contributed to various publications: the INTA Bulletin; Country Guides; Opposition and cancellations (online publications); Worldwide Trademark Transfers and Assignments; Trademarks Throughout the World; articles to Mondaq Publication on regional systems for intellectual property protection in Africa as well as articles for the Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance (GALA) on intellectual property, brands and advertising. The Trademark Offices Practice Committee (TOPC), Subcommittee on Africa Trade Mark Office Relations, chaired by Mrs. Kahari, was designated by INTA to take the lead when it launched the INTA Initiative Africa Rising in 2012. She was appointed in 2014 to the Presidential Task Force on Building Bridges and in 2015 as the Co-Chair for Africa Forum 2016. She was appointed to a three year terms as a member of the Board of Directors of INTA commencing January 2015.
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