Practice areas: International Business Transactions
Naana Halm is Director of Legal Research at Tiagha & Associates. Her primary responsibility is to keep the Firm up to date on international business and trade issues impacting our clients including currency fluctuation, letters of credit, FCPA issues, trade agreements and import/export regulations. In addition, Mrs. Halm serves as of counsel to the Firm and advises our clients engaged in international business transactions on licensing and intellectual property issues, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. She is also the CEO of The Rights Place Consulting, an intellectual property consultancy dealing in advising, researching and providing a wide range of assistance into intellectual property awareness and policy analysis across Africa.
Ms. Halm received her bachelor’s degree in Law (LL.B) from the University of Kent, Canterbury in July 1998. She later received a scholarship from the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law to pursue her Master’s degree in Intellectual Property (I.P) Law. She successfully completed her course and received her degree (LL.M I.P) from the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center, Germany, in August, 2004. Her thesis topic was entitled ‘Traditional Medicine and intellectual property – Seeking to bridge the gap’.
Between May 2006 and January 2009, she headed the Intellectual Property division at Fugar & Company Law firm in Accra. In December 2009, she joined Oxford & Beaumont Solicitors again, as the Head of the Intellectual Property division. Her duties included promoting I.P awareness at the firm, organizing and delivering seminars to clients on how to create and build successful I.P portfolios and liaising with governmental figures on I.P matters.
Having a strong research background she was commissioned to be the Legal Research consultant for the capacity building project to enhance the competitiveness of the Ghanaian pharmaceutical industry in line with the TRIPS Agreement from November 2007 to June 2008. She made recommendations for changes to be done to the Ghanaian Patent law to facilitate better and more accessible means for the local pharmaceutical industries to compete in a global environment.
In January 2009, she joined the African Copyright Access to Knowledge (ACA2K) Project as one of the Country Research consultants for the Ghana team, focusing on copyright laws across Ghana and Africa and their effects on access to knowledge on the continent.
She also was a Research Consultant on the Open African Innovation and Research (Open AIR) and training project, organised by the University of Cape Town and funded by the Canadian IDRC and the German GIZ. She researched into the creation or existence of a traditional knowledge (TK) commons in Ghana, looking at policies that affect this area of knowledge, with a close focus on national, regional and international TK laws and policies.