Beatrice Ebangha Ndip, Esq.,

Partner | Senior Advocate | AIPO Licensed IP Agent | Head Industrial Property Law Department

Beatrice is one of the foremost leading female advocates of the Cameroon Bar Association. She was sworn in as a full-fledged Advocate of the Cameroon Bar Association on December 3, 2003. Beatrice is also a licensed industrial property agent with the African Intellectual Property Organisation (AIPO) and has been practising intellectual property law and litigation for close to two decades now.

Beatrice joined the law firm in 2021 and currently heads the Industrial Property Law Department of Dayspring Law Firm, coordinating the law firm’s practice on patents, utility models, trademarks, trade names, industrial designs, geographical indications, integrated circuits, trade secrets, unfair competition, new plant varieties and cultural and traditional knowledge and genetic resources.

She has practiced in some of the finest corporate and intellectual property law firms in Cameroon and worked with the top names in African legal practice. She has also helped train young lawyers and pupil lawyers for over a decade now.

Beatrice is a holder of a Bachelors degree in law from the Anglo-Saxon University of Buea and a Master’s degree in law. She has equally undergone high level professional training with top legal training centres around the world. She is also a licensed arbitrator, mediator and conciliator.

Beatrice has advised top global brands around the world on various intellectual property issues and represented their interests before all jurisdictions and authorities within the African Intellectual Property Law (AIPO) zone, including defending clients during opposition, claim of ownership, restoration and appeal proceedings. She has equally litigated civil and criminal actions on intellectual property infringement, cancellation based on non-use actions, invalidation, etc.

She has a firm grasp on patent practice and assists clients to file patent (and certificates of addition), file annuity payments, transformation of an application for the registration of a certificate of addition to a patent, restoration of patent rights (in case of late annuity payment or patent applications filed after expiry of priority deadline), patent searches, etc. Beatrice is also working with young African entrepreneurs, start-ups and SMEs who are eager to protect their intellectual property assets.

Beatrice has a passion for traditional knowledge, traditional cultural expressions and genetic resources and advices and supports several traditional and indigenous communities in Africa on how to utilize intellectual property principles and systems to protect their assets from misappropriation, and how they can generate revenue for their communities. She also talks to communities and groups of people who wish to protect and promote their handicrafts, arts festivals, traditional medical knowledge, and other traditional forms of creativity and innovation, etc.