DRIN LEX started in Burundi in 2009 as a law firm specialized in Intellectual property law, Business law, Company law and new technology law. Having developed a renowned reputation as one of the most leading law firms in intellectual property in the region, we have got a great demand of intellectual issues in all the six country members of the East African Community (EAC): Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. Then, to better serve our clients, we decided to formally extend our coverage in those countries and focus on IP services.
In fact, the EAC is made by some of the most growing economies in Africa. Its internal market has about 146 million consumers. And with the common market protocol, the members agreed to progressively transform themselves into a single market that allows for free movements of goods, persons, services, labor and capital. Therefore, securing one’s IP assets in one EAC country does not worth much. The issue here is that there is yet anything a unitary IP system within the community. So far, one has to make separate applications in each of the country-members and this is why we settled to establish offices all EAC capital cities.