KTA is best known for its specialisation in technology, media, telecommunications, IP and construction law.
In the area of technology, the firm has advised the Uganda government on the integration of information and communications technology (ICT) into the adjudication processes for courts of judicature and advises the Ministry of ICT on innovation and ICT policy development.
The firm has also advised on changes to the Industrial Properties Act and the Data Protection and Privacy Act 2019.
The firm advises all the internet service providers in Uganda through their umbrella association, the Internet Service Providers Association of Uganda. The firm is also proud to represent both Jumia, the largest e-commerce company in Africa which was recently listed on the NYSE for $1.5 billion, and SafeBoda, the largest Ugandan ride hailing company.
The firm advises other key clients in the technology, e-commerce, banking and telecommunications sectors in relation to data protection, cyber security and regulatory compliance. Other clients include Fly Dubai (Satguru Uganda), MTN-Uganda, Airtel, dfcu Bank, KCB Bank, DTB Bank, the Civil Aviation Authority, the National Information Technology Authority, the Uganda Communications Commission, the Electoral Commission, the National Social Security Fund, the National Water and Sewerage Corporation, Century Group, Mr Price, Huawei, Jibu and Ruparelia Group.
The firm also hosts annual conferences and training sessions on technology, including the Annual Symposium on Intellectual Property, Technology and Innovation (https://www.symposium-iptech.com). The firm has also conducted trainings together with international organisations such as Microsoft and the Attorney General Alliance
Africa Alliance Partnership (an organisation of US attorneys general set up to coordinate responses to transnational crime with African nations).
In the field of intellectual property, KTA has formed an association of IP firms in the region, Amani IP Network. KTA was also awarded the coveted Africa’s IP Team of the Year in a closely contested category at the Africa Legal Awards 2019. The firm was nominated in other categories, including Specialist Law Firm of the Year and Boutique Law Firm of the Year.
The firm handles IP registrations and advisory work for all its clients, including Uganda’s president, Bird & Bird, Taylor Wessing and Café Javas.
The firm is also known for introducing the concept of image rights in Uganda through Asege Winnie v Opportunity Bank (U) Ltd (HCCS 756 of 2013).
KTA has experience in the litigation and enforcement of copyright. Some of the prominent artists that it represents include Eddy Kenzo (winner of the African Musician of the Year at the Black Entertainment Award 2015), Ester Nabaasa (winner of TV talent show Tusker Project Fame), Tanzanian hip hop artist Professor Jay and Ugandan singer Maurice Kirya.
The firm also defended an opposition against the president of Uganda copyright in the song “Mpekoni, U want another rap” and handled the enforcement of a copyright in a sculpture against Bank of Uganda – the famous 20,000 shilling note case.
The firm has filed a number of applications in Uganda for foreign patents, including Patent Cooperation Treaty applications, and has advised local entrepreneurs on their innovation, notably the creators of the Jaguza app, which can assist animal health workers and farmers engaged in animal husbandry to detect diseases without directly handling the animals.
The KTA team has also advised on the protection and registration of the janzi, a music instrument with two scales that was invented by a client and an improvement on the local adungu musical instrument.
KTA currently advises the government and community that rears the Ankole cow breed on creating a geographical indication or certified trademark for Ankole cow products for commercial exploitation. Ankole cows are a unique breed with low cholesterol, withstanding drought and hard conditions; its derived products (milk and meat, ghee and cow horn) will attract a premium price when a traceability system is established.
The firm has also advised the governments of Nigeria and Ghana on geographical indications for pepa yam, kola nut and cocoa, as well as Kente cloth.